The Difference Between Made-to-Measure Suits and Custom Made Suits

Alpha Suit provides young professionals with custom-made suits of exceptional quality. In many respects, your new suit will look and feel like something you’d expect to pay $1,000’s for, not the $495 – $739(Prices vary slightly in other locations) investment for an AlphaSuit.

It is important to understand, however, that there are some key differences between a
made-to-measure suit (MTM) and a custom made suit in the traditional sense.

Custom-Made Suits…
A traditional custom suit usually requires between 3 and 5 visits to a Master tailor for fittings.
With each of these fittings, the tailor alters the suit as it’s being made. The upside to a
custom suit is that the final product is as perfect as possible and does not require
additional alterations. But the downside is that the process requires a ton of your personal
time, and costs you thousands of dollars.

Made-to-Measure Suits…
Made-to-measure,  which nowadays is referred to as “custom”on the other hand, is a much more cost-effective way to get a high-quality
suit with an exceptionally better fit than anything purchased “off the rack.”

When ordering your made-to-measure suit, master haberdasher, Sean McKee, will take
over 25 different measurements. During this initial session, he will also use his decades
of experience to analyze your body to ensure that your new suit faithfully matches the
unique contours of your body. Sean then transmits this information to the tailor house,
where your suit is produced to his exact specifications.

Once your suit is ready, you’ll have two options:

The first option is to have a private fitting with Sean where he marks your suit for
additional custom alterations, if any are needed. After this session, you’ll simply take the
suit to your tailor for final alterations. And if you don’t have a tailor, don’t worry – Alpha
Suit can recommend one for you.

The second option is to pick up your suit and go to your tailor for a fitting and alterations,
if any are needed. If you choose this option, make sure to let us know what alterations
were performed so that we can make the adjustments on your next order.

Please note that based on your body type, the number of additional alternations
required will vary.
In many cases, no additional alterations will be needed at all.
Because the quantity and scope of alterations needed is different for each individual, you
will be responsible for paying the tailor directly for any additional alterations performed.

Why Alpha Suit is the Answer You’ve Been Looking for…
With Alpha Suit, you get exclusive access to custom (MTM) suits of the highest quality
fabrics and construction, but you pay 60%-70% less than what you would pay from other clothing companies.
And because there’s only one initial measurement session, your new suit will typically be
ready in just 3-4 weeks from when you place your order.

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Custom Suits VS. Made- to- Measure suits – A More in Depth look at the difference.

Custom Suits were the original way that Men’s suits were made. In the old days, there were no large, mass manufacturers of men’s clothing and suits were reserved for members of the upper echelons of society.

Back then, Men would go to their local Haberdashery or Men’s store where they would meet with their personal Haberdasher. The meeting usually started off with a nice Scotch or Whisky and a fine cigar.

After having a rigorous discussion about the politics or sporting events of the day, the gentleman would proceed to look through books of fabrics in order to choose the one he would have his next suit constructed from. This process of selecting a fabric is where the term, “Bespoke” came from. Bespoke means that a piece of fabric or a suit length has been spoken for. When a fabric had been spoken for it was now off limits for other gentlemen to choose from.

Once a fabric had been spoken for to be used for making the suit a tailor would then take all of the client’s measurement needed in order to construct the garment.

Measurements for a suit include Chest, overarm, stomach, waist, hips, outseam, inseam, rise, sleeve length both inseam and outseam for the left and right sleeves, half girth measurement, coat length measurement, neck, bicep, thighs, and calves. The Tailor also looks at the slope of the client’s shoulders and the incline or slope of the head to see if he is head forward or more of an erect posture. All of the measurement serve a distinct purpose in constructing a suit that fits perfectly.

The Chest and overarm measurements are important because many men are not within the specifications used in most “off the rack” men’s suits. Most ready-made suits are made for a man with a 7-8 inch difference between the two measurements so men that do not fit in the specifications will not have a well fitting suit coat.

A man that has a larger difference will have a coat that is too tight. He will need to go up to the next chest size that puts him in the appropriate range to be comfortable.

A man that is less than the 8″ will have a coat that is too loose so he may need to go down a size or two for a proper fitting coat.

When a man has a suit on that is ill-fitting in the chest and overarm area there are other fit issues that arise. Frist, if a man has to go up in chest size in order to get a comfortable suit he will have a coat that is too big in the other areas of the coat. The cause of this has to do with the fact that the manufacturers’ pattern will not only have a bigger chest size but all other areas of the coat will be bigger as well so, the arms will be too big, the body too big and the coat may be too long. Basically, a man may look like he has his father’s suit on.

The other main problem that men have with their off the rack suits is that if they don’t have the standard 7″ difference between their waist and set the pants will not fit correctly.

If the man’s measurements are over 7″ difference than the trousers will be too tight and if under 7″ the pants will be too loose. The other issue that will arise is that the rise measurement will be affected as well causing the crotch area to be too tight or too loose.

A Tailor also will check the slope of a man’s shoulders. Most men have one shoulder that slopes more than the other so by measuring the difference the tailor can cut a low shoulder where needed so that the coat has the proper balance.

As time moved on and technology improved there became a greater need for suits and demand outstripped supply. With the increase in demand also developed a shortage in experienced tailors who were capable of making custom clothing. Eventually, the high demand led to companies mass producing suits for the general public, these are referred to as “off the rack suits”

In today’s society one can choose from, off the rack suits, made to measure suits and custom suits. Although since there is such a shortage of tailors who can make custom we now refer to custom and made to measure suits as one in the same. If you do happen upon a Tailor who can make a suit it will cost plenty of money so be sure to have your wallet ready.