In an earlier post of mine, I was angsting over the choice between going off-the-rack for a suit or having it tailored, here in South Korea. The choices at the department stores were great, but they didn't have what I was looking for. The Korean economy is in a depression, and selections are very limited. Sure, they sell foreign-made items here, but at very highly-inflated costs; the South Korean government likes to keep a tight rein on imports. I visited my favorite domestic brand "Cambridge" (www.cambridge.co.kr) and looked at what they had to offer. Their suits are very high quality for the price, with stitched lapels that look damned near hand-stitched (they might be, I don't know.) Unfortunately, I was looking for something in pinstripes, and theirs weren't lined up properly at the jacket darts and so on. That left me at the mercy of the tailors here. I was recommended a tailor shop by someone on Andy's boards. The salesman is a Mr. Hahn, and his store is very presentable; stacks of fabric and suits in wooden closets with windowed doors. This was a far cry from some of the other shops, some of which were really depressing to look at. I saw some of his suits, and they were quite nice. For roughly 500 USD, I can get something with very well made handsewn buttonholes, working buttons on the jacket sleeves, not to mention my own choice of fabric. (He also uses real horn buttons, a far cry from most Korean tailors who use plastic.) I spent about half-an-hour being measured and agonizing over the little details. His tailor took a fair number of measurements, more than twenty. I explained that I wanted the pinstripes to line up correctly as much as possible. He agreed to comply. So I'm getting my first fitting in two days, and I'm wondering about the sleeves. How well should the pinstripes match? I've seen some suits around that have the stripes parallel on the front of the sleeves, but at the back they converge into V's. Is this the proper way to do it?
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11/11/03 at 10:26am