I'm curious - a small survey is needed. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GRLP72V
I suspect when many people on forums - not perhaps so much here on this highly regarded thread - speak of "going to a tailor" they are really talking about going to an alterationist - some more skilled than others - but not someone who can make you a bespoke jacket and trousers.
When people (YOU) here use the word - do they (YOU) mean alterationist?
When I say tailor I mean a tailor - who could make a suit from scratch.
I suspect thats not what most people mean - after all theres probably only less than 10 left in Melbourne, 3 in Sydney and none anywhere else.
Compete survey here:: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GRLP72V
I'll post results in a week.
There's a handful of proper tailors in Brissie, but the majority of them are so old that you wouldn't be guaranteed that they'd live to complete a bespoke suit. Some of them are even getting too old to be trusted for alterations. It's a real shame.
For alterations i go to a guy who has retired from hands-on work, he does the styling/thinking and farms out the manual labour to his underlings. I'm fine with that, it's how the whole of modern tailoring/suit-making has gone.
Oh, and thanks for the info on MJ's returns policy, Osiris. I had no idea it was that accomodating! Might still have to pop in on a trip south, the site has no info on leg widths (but has belt loop size?!).