Ok, I visited another gentleman that does MTM. He had a small...shed...behind a beauty shop. This guy was better kempt than the other guy, but still his suit was something closer to what I'd expect on a pimp. Double-breasted plaid, very baggy pants, strapped shoes. Did he have a flower in his lapel? I don't remember. I struggled to keep an open mind.
He put a jacket on me and when the lapels puckered, he criticized my posture as being too erect and shoulders back, and had me hunch forward until the pucker went away. There, it was my fault the whole time. :-) Now, it is true that I've been working on my posture, because a physical therapist had pointed out that I had the forward shoulders typical of a computer user and that's only compounded by bench pressing. But I've been assured by others that what I achieve isn't weird, only unusual in its correctness. I was a bit annoyed that he was seeming to argue that I was wrong to be right. He then put some measuring device on my back to measure my posture and it only read “semi-erect”, which took some wind out of his sails. Strangely, I felt a little insulted by the “semi”, as if I weren't good enough. :-)
He pulled out some book of suit patterns and found a page that had a title of something like “full chest”, and there was a note on the page that said this typically caused puckering of the lapels, and this body shape was often paired with an erect posture. The diagram showed to corrections required to the suit, which was that the lapels needed to move a bit more towards the center of the chest in order to cover the pectoral muscles. The MTM manufacturer would be John H Daniel, located in Knoxville, TN. He said the suit he was wearing was made by them. Nail in coffin.
He did put one OTR jacket on me and he said he thought he could make that fit me. In truth, it didn't pucker as badly as some, but I wasn't impressed with the drape. I asked if it was fully canvassed and he was dismissive of the advantages. I took that as a "no".
Overall, the guy was too pushy, offered too much advice that was contrary to what I'd read, didn't seem to demonstrate the sense of style that I would expect, and didn't have any examples of his work. I fled as gracefully as I could.
The only other candidate for a MTM is the lady I ordered some shirts from. I was initially reluctant to pursue this with her because she's more known for shirts than suits, and, yes, I had the idea that a man would know more about men's suit than a woman. But she was an elegant lady with refined tastes, and a delightful Argentine accent. Still, I'd like to see the shirts before I order a suit from her.
This has been a real education so far.