Making two suits, similar cloth

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  1. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    Not a very smart move on my part. For my first MTM suit, I bought a dark grey woolen with subtle chalkstripe. More recently, I bought some fabric which looks very very similar (though, it's a pinstripe). I don't want to have seemingly idential suits, so I'm looking for ideas to differentiate them.

    The suit that is already made is a 3 button, rolled to 2.5 with flap pockets. I'm thinking the next should be 2 button, rolled to 2, with besom pockets. Can you think of anything else I could do to make them appear different? I'm planning on using different tailors, so that in itself should have an effect on the overall shape and fit/finish. I also toyed around with the idea of making the second suit DB, but I seldom where my DB as it is. Short of selling the cloth, or making a horizontally stripped suit (har har), any other ideas?
     


  2. oscarthewild

    oscarthewild Senior member

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    If these are very similar and you seek variety, you may want to post them in the selling section for a barter/trade. Maybe someone has two lengths of a blue with chalkstripe and it would work out.

    I have a feeling that I am not the only one with bolts of unsewn cloth.
     


  3. Teacher

    Teacher Senior member

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    Peak lapels would look very sharp indeed.
     


  4. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Senior member

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    Peak lapels would look very sharp indeed.

    Perhaps even a peak lapel, single button.
     


  5. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    My unsolicited advice is that you not throw good money after bad and have the second suit made regardless of the stylistic differences. Better to find some cloth that looks different for your next suit. I'm sitting on some unused bolts for that very reason but it's better than the alternative.
     


  6. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    I would go for variety in cloth colour, pattern and weight. I suggest selling or trading it. I know you have very good cloth to trade, so quality is not an issue [​IMG]
     


  7. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    Hold it, sell it, or make a DB.
     


  8. thinman

    thinman Senior member

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    If you think you'd wear such a suit regularly, I vote DB or peak lapel, one-button. Pinstriped DB suits can look very sharp.
     


  9. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    One note, if it is a narrow pinstripe, do not go for a DB.
     


  10. Teacher

    Teacher Senior member

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    One note, if it is a narrow pinstripe, do not go for a DB.

    I see no problems with pinstriped DB's. In fact, I have a navy pinstripe DB that looks wonderful.
     


  11. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    center or side vent are also and option and flat or slanted pockets
     


  12. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    No problem with pinstripes. Just narrow ones.
     


  13. Matt

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    add a ticket pocket as well.

    also change the pants - if one is say single pleated and cuffed, make the other flat front and straight leg
     


  14. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    my suits all look the same - a group of similar db's and a group of similar sb's. I don't see a problem.
     


  15. Ranjeev

    Ranjeev Senior member

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    Two button, different vents and pleats. As you stated, the style will be different just by using different houses. Maybe there could be a difference in shoulders (roped vs. regular)? Different lapel widths might be something to consider.
     


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