I don't really make over-the-top special requests, definitely not on the first order, but what I do like to know is, for instance, what the tailor thinks the ideal length of the coat should be, lapel width, or even the 'general' silhouette that they'll cut for me on my coat. And on DBs, the amount of overlap for instance. More certainty that way.
I don't mean just at the first consultation though, but throughout the ordering process (inclusive of the various fittings). I don't really talk about technical stuff. More like I like to know what are the styling details that are the default, and what I'd want differently. For instance, I know English tailors typically make patch pockets that don't have very rounded edges, and I'd specify that I prefer patch pockets with more rounded edges. Or more belly on the lapels etc.
Do people not make these sorts of stylistic requests?
But you're quite right that specifying too much can be a huge disaster (especially when picking up stuff online), and I've typically reminded myself to take my hands-off and let them do their thing.
English patch pockets:Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Italian's:Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Edited by bboysdontcryy - 5/22/13 at 9:05am