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Source for mtm/bespoke sweaters

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Can anyone recommend a reasonably-priced (<$500) source for MTM/bespoke wool sweaters of standard materials (merino, cashmere, etc.)? I'm looking for some fine-gauge, lightweight stuff; probably not the fuzzy, hand-knit variety (like Louise Irvine).
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no love?
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I'd like to know myself. Sorry.
post #4 of 12
There are probably a thousand underemployed knitters on etsy.com who would be willing to knit for you in any color, yarn and pattern you specified, and you could probably commission stuff. It might be worth your while to browse around on that site and shoot off some emails. Now, hand-knitting is outrageously labor-intensive, and the same sweater that a power loom can churn out in minutes would take an experienced knitter weeks at least. The prices might turn out to be outrageous. On the other hand, a lot of underappreciated craftsy people are willing to work for peanuts. Might be worth a shot.
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There are probably a thousand underemployed knitters on etsy.com who would be willing to knit for you in any color, yarn and pattern you specified, and you could probably commission stuff. It might be worth your while to browse around on that site and shoot off some emails.

Now, hand-knitting is outrageously labor-intensive, and the same sweater that a power loom can churn out in minutes would take an experienced knitter weeks at least. The prices might turn out to be outrageous. On the other hand, a lot of underappreciated craftsy people are willing to work for peanuts. Might be worth a shot.

I don't know much about this, but is there any outfit out there that will knit quality sweaters on a loom in a made to measure fashion. My sweaters are generally too big in the body as I need to get XL for the arm length, but even the slimmer cuts are too boxy.
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Originally Posted by July View Post
Can anyone recommend a reasonably-priced (<$500) source for MTM/bespoke wool sweaters of standard materials (merino, cashmere, etc.)? I'm looking for some fine-gauge, lightweight stuff; probably not the fuzzy, hand-knit variety (like Louise Irvine).

Grandma?
post #7 of 12
Another option would be tailoring an RTW sweater, no? Anyone ever tried this?
post #8 of 12
London's Henry Poole offers MTM cashmere sweaters as does Marc Guyot in Paris.
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Another option would be tailoring an RTW sweater, no? Anyone ever tried this?

Most knits are of a single continuous piece of yarn. You can't really alter anything without unraveling the whole thing.
post #10 of 12
Try to contact Corgi (http://www.corgihosiery.com/). I don't know if their service is really MTM, or more in the lines of special order, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

Also, "Spirit of Shetland" (http://www.shetland-knitwear.com/) make their sweaters on order, and probably can accomodate specific sizing / styling requirements. But a shetland sweater is a different kind of animal, compared to more common stuff.

Andrey
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London's Henry Poole offers MTM cashmere sweaters as does Marc Guyot in Paris.

Price point?
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7 years later, but I am really curious about MTM sweaters. My arms seem to short for OTR sweaters

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