Wilfred Tailor

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  1. marc237

    marc237 Senior member

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    Just to follow-up. I had brought over the two suits that I had picked up at the Paul Stuart sale and an extra sports coat. They were promised for 3:00 pm today.

    The two suits were ready, the sports coat was not - at 6:00 p.m., not 3:00 p.m.

    The work on the two suits was very good indeed. The pants fit great. I am having very slight adjustments done to the two suit jackets. On one I am having the jacket brought in a bit more. Although I indicated I wanted a fair amount of waist suppression, there was not quite so much. I do not fault the tailor; rather I think this was an inevitable part of the process of getting it just right.

    On the second jacket, we are moving the button out by about 5/8 of an inch. This will give me the fit without the slight bit of pulling along one side.

    Overall, I remain impressed with quality, attention to detail, and willingness to keep with it until it is just so. I have a couple of older suits (pre-weight loss) that I will bring in.
     
  2. cpac

    cpac Senior member

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    I had a fine time dropping the 2 suits I picked up at the PS sale, and I should know this weekend if they did a good job.

    FWIW - I was expecting a little more critique of fit from the guy marking the jacket and whatnot. As it happens, one jacket is getting no alterations - just having the cuffs finished. The other is having the sleeves shortened just a bit. But in neither case did the tailor suggest taking in the sides, or adjusting the shoulders or anything along those lines. Am I just a lucky guy who (on the rare occasion where I can find extra-tall suits) is fit well by RTW? Or do you really have to ask them to get that level of critique?
     
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    dah328 Senior member

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    The younger guy whose name escapes me generally offers suggestions for a better fit. The older man seems to offer less in the way of unsolicited advice.

    dan
     
  4. cpac

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    the younger guy was who measured/fitted me.

    I did ask him a bit about a shoulder issue on one suit and he said it was something that couldn't really be fixed with alteration (or essentially that any improvement wouldn't be worth the expense). But no other fitting advice was given. It was a busy day there, but I'm hoping he wasn't rushing on that account.

    Regardless, I'll see what comes back, and may well post pics of the results for critique
     
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    marc237 Senior member

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    My experience with the young guy was that the process worked best if I pushed him for opinions and thoughts.
     
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    von Rothbart Senior member

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    Did you guy opt for working button holes Wilfred? If yes, how did they turn out?

    I have good experience with both Wilfred and Bhambi. But Bhambi does much better button holes than Wilfred. All hand sewn. And more expensive too.

    Wilfred only does what's told while Bhambi always offers suggestions on additional alternations and the fees could add up.
     
  7. marc237

    marc237 Senior member

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    Yes, there were working button-holes and they were fine.
     
  8. cpac

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    I did, and I'll post once I pick them up.

    FWIW, it was $5/button fee (over whatever they were going to charge to put the buttons on in the first place).

    And I'm actually torn between the idea of having a tailor who's always making suggestions and one who expresses the limits of alterations and so doesn't tack on $35 charges for a "fix" that won't make much difference at all. All told, for 2 suits I spent only $160, and that's with getting working button holes on both coats.

    Time will tell if I got a deal or not...
     
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    Just the promised update:

    I picked up my suits yesterday and am rather pleased with the results. Neither fits perfectly (nor could they, as RTW), but in general I'm pretty pleased. I'll post pictures tonight or tomorrow...
     
  10. marc237

    marc237 Senior member

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    I agree with CPAC's assessment. I am particularly pleased with the work done a very old Groupo ForAll 3-button sport coat. It was a very light but blousy fit. Now, it is as if bespoke. The work on the pants on the two PS suits is great. I am a tad less pleased with the fit around the waist, but it is more a function of the suits being RTW than their work I suspect.
     

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