7 Common Mistakes People Make When It Comes to Tailoring

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When it comes to achieving that perfect fit, nothing beats the art of tailoring. However, many guys tend to make mistakes when navigating the bespoke world. By identifying and avoiding these common pitfalls, one can ensure that their clothes not only fit but also enhance their silhouette and style. Here are seven common mistakes people make in tailoring:

  1. Overlooking the Importance of Fit:

Some might believe that off-the-peg is good enough, especially if the item is close to fitting well. However, it’s the subtle adjustments – nipping in a waist here, shortening a sleeve there – that make all the difference in achieving a polished look. I talk often about proportions and how when done well-can make you look taller, slimmer and more confident. Where this may sound far fetched, this is where the power of great tailoring truly lies. 

  1. Choosing the Wrong Tailor:

Just because someone is called a tailor it doesn’t necessarily make them a competent tailor. It’s vital to do your research, ask for recommendations, and review their previous work before entrusting them with your garments. You should like their overall style as well as getting a good understanding of what the experience overall might be like. This is an investment so it’s important to do some research but also having a good gut feeling is also wise. 

  1. Rushing the Fitting Process:

When trying on your new tailoring it’s important to sit down. This may sound daft but it’s easy to look straight ahead into the mirror and rush feeling happy. You need to know that you can move and feel instantly comfortable. Be prepared for a couple of fittings to ensure perfection. Particularly if you’re a new client, your tailor needs to understand your preferences and fine tune accordingly. Some patience is therefore required, so enjoy the process, it can be enjoyable understanding what you do and don’t like. 

  1. Not Being Vocal about Preferences:

Communication is key. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s always important to express it. Your tailor should only want the best for you and a great relationship is key. Their hearts won’t break – promise! We often guide our clients as to what ‘break’ on the trouser would suit them or what the rules are for sleeve length and more importantly – what visually looks correct and flattering, but it is your tailoring, so you have to love it. Although contrary to this, some of our clients need some time adjusting to their new ‘suit’ably improved look; so a little change isn’t a bad thing.

  1. Over- or Under-Tailoring:

While you want your clothes to fit, there’s a fine line between a garment that fits like a glove and one that looks like it’s spray painted on. Over-tailoring can make clothes appear too tight, while under-tailoring leaves them looking baggy and unkempt. There’s a perfect balance between the two that helps you to ooze class rather than waste money. 

  1. Ignoring Fabric Limitations:

Every fabric has its constraints. For example, heavily altering a patterned piece may disrupt the flow of the pattern, making it look odd. It’s essential to discuss with your tailor what’s possible and what might compromise the integrity of the garment.

  1. Being Impatient:

Good tailoring takes time. Rushing a tailor might lead to oversights and less-than-perfect outcomes. If you want impeccable results, be prepared to wait a bit. Building great, honest rapport is essential. Your tailoring should only get better and better. Start simple and grow together.

In conclusion, while tailoring can elevate your wardrobe to new heights, it’s essential to approach the process thoughtfully. By avoiding these common mistakes, you’ll be well on your way to clothes that not only fit perfectly but also express your unique style with precision. 

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