If you’re amidst planning a wedding, you will find that there’s just too many things to do. And with so many things to plan for, you might overlook certain details. You do not want to rush it especially if last minute changes have to be made. Plan early to give yourself ample time and get a peace of mind during this stressful period. This guide will give you a general time frame on when to get your wedding suit tailored.

Read on to get answers to some of the common questions people have on when to tailor their wedding suit!

1. How long does it take to get a suit tailored?

First, you have to understand there are generally 2 types of construction when it comes to suits – (1) made-to-measure and (2) bespoke.

Made-to-measure suits

Generally, made-to-measure suits require a shorter time and will take 4-6 weeks. This process typically has 2 fittings – first to get the wearer’s measurements, and second when the suit is fully created. Depending on the accuracy of the measurer and preferences of the customer, there might be alterations to the final product, adding one more fitting to the process. In made-to-measure, the tailor will take an existing pattern block to modify it as close as possible to your dimensions. Most of the time, skeleton baste fittings are not performed. However this also depends on the tailor.

Bespoke suits

(A work-in-progress bespoke suit. Image from Common Suits.)

On the other hand, the bespoke process generally takes a longer time. A bespoke suit will take an average of 8-10 weeks to complete, with three to four fittings. This is because precise measurements are taken to custom-build a suit that provides a fit that’s truly for you only. At Common Suits, we will cut a new fresh pattern for every individual client, and with the unique nuances of the body in mind, perform the first draft of skeleton baste fitting.

2. Why choose bespoke tailoring?

(Example of a fitting. Image by Common Suits.)

This is done according to one’s preferences in fabrics, materials, design, etc. Bespoke suits are hand-crafted at Common Suits, in our signature house cut – a masculine and contemporary silhouette.

(An example of Common Suit’s house cut. A 3-piece peak lapel with a clean and sculpted silhouette.)

Bespoke suits are built from scratch, accounting for many aspects of the wearer’s body. Unlike made-to-measure, a new pattern is created for each individual wearer. Most often than not, it is more than just simple measurements that are needed to achieve a perfect drape for the wearer. Details such as the difference in slope of both shoulders, the shape of the neck, the arch of the back, the difference in hip height, the natural pitch of the arms, etc may sound minute to most but these are the nuances that can often make or break a suit. Hence, the drafting process alone for a bespoke suit already consumes more time than a made-to-measure pattern adjustment process.

To complete a bespoke suit, it also requires multiple fittings. At Common Suits, we typically conduct 3-4 fittings. However, for body shapes that are more unique and challenging, this could stretch up to additional 1-2 more fittings (don’t worry, we won’t be charging for more fittings). The fit should be more precise with each fitting.

The time taken to complete a bespoke garment also depends on the complexity of the suit. The more complicated the requirements, the longer the process. A picture is worth a thousand words:

(Image from Common Suits.)

At Common Suits, you will be able to choose from over 25 mills, which will translate to easily more than a thousand fabric samples. When you book a consultation with us, we will provide you advice on suit styles, cut and fit after taking your body measurements.

(Example of Vicuna fabric)

The type of fabric does not usually affect the duration of making a suit. However, more exclusive fabrics such as Vicuna will. Vicuna is a type of luxurious fabric known to be the finest and most luxurious fabric in the world. Just its paperwork