The importance of the cutter

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dah328, Jul 11, 2005.

  1. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    Dec 6, 2003
    I know very little about the details of tailoring, but it's my understanding that cutting is the single most important step in the process for attaining the proper fit. Does the skill of cutting extend beyond the creation of the pattern? In other words, once a skilled tailor has created a proper pattern, is cutting of subsequent suits as simple as tracing the pattern on new cloth?

    I ask because I've had several suits made by a tailoring house and the latest suit has the worst fit. If cutting is just the creation of the pattern, then this last suit's poor fit must be due to poor execution. If cutting entails more than the pattern, I would be more inclined to attribute the poor fit to different cutters working on my suits.


  2. stache

    stache Senior member

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    Oct 1, 2004
    I am guessing here but do you think that the tailor actually saves your paper pattern or do you think that they mark the pattern onto the fabric from your measurements?

  3. passingtime

    passingtime Senior member

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    Mar 10, 2006
    Sounds to me like thay had a different person make up the suit this time, are both the trousers and coat bad or is one bad and the other the same as before?

    I always wondered about cutters, they are the stars but their work is at the mercy of the tailors. In my view which tailor is used for the sewing is at least as important as who cut the suit, no matter how good the cutter is the end result is largely dependent on how it is sewn together.

  4. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Oct 6, 2004
    cutter = architect/project manager

    tailor = builder

    Both are important. A good pattern counts for not much with sloppy craftsmanship and bad quality control.

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