Well, it was time for a new suit and hubbie and I went off for the hunt last weekend. I knew the hunt would not last long. He’s a decisive hunter and wants none of the "gathering" techniques of his wife! So we chose a familiar store and he zeroed in on the suit within 10 minutes. The pleasure for me were the fabrics. He had chosen one that was merino wool (super 110). This fabric was unmistakebly finer than many of the others on the rack. The hand knows before the eye can verify! This particular store conveniently has a tailor shop adjacent to it and there were alternations to be made.
What a pleasure to watch the quick hand and eye of an experienced tailor. His swift assessment and deft hands made the process very bearable for my hub and fascinating for me to watch. I asked a few questions and he gladly obliged me with answers that satisfied my curiosity. We had a wonderful chat about merino wool and he asked for my card so he could refer customers our way when they were seeking high quality fabrics. All in all a very pleasant experience.
To read about the fine art of bespoke tailoring, check out Thomas Mahon’s blog at http://www.englishcut.com/
I have tailoring skills learned many years ago and somewhat rusty right now. Sadly, the last fully tailored jacket I made has been about 4 years ago. I thoroughly enjoy the process, but have had to put it aside in favor of other priorities. Although I have skills in this area I am by no means a tailor. Do you consider yourself a tailor? It seems that many people, like myself, have left those skills by the wayside. I love to hear from customers who are practicing high level skills or are learning for the first time the mysteries of inner construction. If you’re working on a tailored garment, let me know. I’d be happy to start a forum in the Salon on the topic. Email me or post a comment here.