Waistcoats (aka Vests)
Not all made to measure garments are created equally. Construction, process and style vary immensely from one house to the next (hence the industry term ‘house style’).
What makes things tricky is that, aside from testimonials and reviews, it's not easy to distinguish the good tailors from the less-good without taking the plunge and commissioning a suit.
TELLING THEM A PART
A starting point to choosing a suitable tailor (pardon the pun) is to find one who you feel understands your shape. One who can explain mobility and fit issues that you typically experience wearing a suit or jacket. This generally indicates a good level of competence.
THE FIT SHOULD BE UNIQUELY YOURS
Importantly, make sure they don't simply apply a trend-driven template to every customer (dishing out skinny suits like Oprah gives away cars). This advice can save you thousands over a lifetime - and many a trouser blow-out.
This is important for obvious reasons. A good tailor is an honest one, and they will be open about their pricing (unless, of course, you're shopping Dormeuil Bespoke or Tom Ford - they may not discuss price quite so openly). However, if your local tailor "quotes each job independently" be wary because you're probably being taken for a ride. Of course, fabric and buttons are costed separately, and you will choose these during your consultation. But the garment construction price should be clearly advertised somewhere.
The prices indicated on this page are for construction of the garments only, and they do not include fabric costs. Please ask us to learn more about the different construction types listed.
Fabric costs vary immensely, ranging from $50 to $500 per meter (with some fabrics exceeding this price). Budget around $150 per meter for something quite exceptional. Some of the mills that we work with are listed below, with links, though we are able to work with any mill of your choosing.
A typical 2-piece suit requires approximately 3.6 meters of cloth (at 1.5 meters wide, which is industry standard). A vest requires another meter, unless you're exceptionally big or tall.
Buttons made using gold, silver or precious stones are not included in this price. However we do have a vast range of horn, corozo (nut) and other buttons to choose from (included in the price).
WHAT ELSE CAN WE MAKE?
Also, we don't just make suits and shirts. We have hundreds of garment patterns, including:
- safari jackets
- smoking jackets
- dinner suits & tuxedos
- ties, and more
BIG MEN'S & TALLS
We have a service that specialises in big men’s and extra tall suiting (this is how we successfully fitted the Adelaide 36ers). Your pricing may differ from those advertised on this page simply because there may be more work involved in making your suit. Though, it usually is the same price. Please book an appointment via the website and we can give a more accurate estimate once we've seen you.
BUYING AS A GIFT?
You are welcome to purchase one of these suits as a gift. The recipient can then select a fabric during their fitting consultation.