- Apr 11, 2016
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definitely had the urge to do this on my first MTM order but resisted per the SF norms. that suit has long since been donated, so i kind of wish i had at this point.I thought I would talk briefly about one of the first garments that I had made, because I think its important to understand some of the evolution that goes along with having clothing made. It was the second garment, a suit in slightly darker than mid grey sharkskin that I still have. And it had all the bells and whistles. One button, big peak lapel, besom ticket pocket and flap hacking pockets on the jacket, side adjusters and button fly on the trousers, with one back pocket and 2" cuff. Oh, and it has a stupid lining in it too...
Today, I would never have that suit made, but I'm glad that I did. I think that I, and perhaps a lot of people, start making clothing and get excited about the novelty of the possibilities. It took me a while, probably a couple of years to really understand what I liked and what was my style. I suppose that it is still evolving, though certainly at a much slower pace than back then.
I still make mistakes too, though. Last year I made a grey odd jacket out of this really interesting 50/50 silk wool cloth with a unique pattern to it. Unfortunately, from more than 3 feet away it just looks like worsted suiting cloth and resolves as an orphaned suit jacket. To the average, non-SF person, I'm sure it looks great, but I couldnt get past it and gave it to a friend. Hopefully I've learned from that, and my other mistakes, but I'm sure there will be more down the line...
on the other hand, i feel like i'm the complete opposite now. All my future sport coat commissions are tentatively 3r2, with patch pockets …I'm tempted to switch some of them up a bit so i don't have basically 6 of the same thing in different fabrics.
maybe a patch and flap pocket here or a ticket pocket there, hard to come up with rules of thumb on how much variation is good vs. bad