My first experience with having something tailored did not exactly go to plan. I purchased two blazers from a travelling Tailor, who measured me and advised me on fabric choices, linings, and how the blazers should fit on my frame. I left my appointment $1,500 poorer, but feeling very satisfied that my tailored blazers would arrive perfectly fitted to my form. And I truly thought that they did. I fell in love with the blazers the second that I unwrapped them, and marvelled that they had my names stitched inside the pockets, that there were pocket squares made out of the same fabric as the lining, that there was contrast stitching around the last button hole! I was so impressed that I went on to order four shirts the next time that he was in town!
However, as time moved on, I came to think of my beautifully tailored blazers and shirts as a burden. One of the blazers was in a very ‘ritzy’ fabric, and while it was pure wool and quite expensive it just looked cheap. Both the blazers were much boxier than I would have liked, and while these were tailored to be flattering to my figure – this particular craftsman decided that the way to deal with a boxy endomorph like myself was to disguise me as a small truck. I came to really detest my expensive tailored items, because while I disliked them, I had spent so much money on them that I couldn’t bear to throw them away.
And then I discovered Braddon Tailors, and my opinion of bespoke garments really turned around. Pip was passionate about bringing high quality tailored menswear to our city, and took the time to really listen to what I wanted, to work with me to create something that I would adore. He achieved that goal with this beautiful Union Cloth blazer which is so personalised it even bares my Blog’s name. The fabric was something suggested to me that I instantly fell in love with, and the lining was a fabric that I had sourced myself from an op shop. It couldn’t be more tailored to my personal tastes, and whenever I wear it now I’m always complimented on how much it suits me.
The bottom line is this: It’s not just the garment that needs to be tailored, but also your Tailor! Shop around, and never settle for less! Your future self will thank you.