On the other hand, I believe that the Hickey Freeman fit model must be a 5'11" guy who weighs in the vicinity of 230 lbs, with a substantial amount of that around the midsection.
I think I have to agree with this. I am 6'2" and about 185. I really respect HF, because I think they make a quality product at a relatively reasonable price. However, a RTW HF in a 41L generally fits me fine around the waste, but too tightly in the shoulders. When I try on a 42L, the shoulders are fine, but it looks like I've got a sail around my midsection. I own two Hickeys (both bought at deep discounts), and both required significant waste alterations in order to fit me properly (and I've resigned myself to the fact that one of them is never going to be quite right, despite multiple attempts). I've actually noticed a similar problem with Polo Blue label suits and with Burberry suits, but I haven't tried on either of these in several years, so things may have changed. I've actually had better luck in the fit department with Brooks Brothers RTW, the home of the sack suit. At this point, my workplace is full time business casual, so my need for new suits is non-existent. However, if I'm ever at the point where I have to buy new suits again, I will probably stay away from HF unless I buy one MTM. Jeff