Suitsupply Made-to-Measure Program: Final Fitting (Part 3 of 3)

  • May 20, 2014
  • Written By Timothy Nguyen

In case you missed it here are links to: Part 1 & Part 2


So it’s finally time to reveal the final product of my Suitsupply “Suit Up” made-to-measure experience.

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Here are the basic jacket options I went with:

  • Roped shoulder
  • 2.75″ notch lapel
  • 2 button coat
  • Double vents
  • Hacking flap pockets
  • Four sleeve buttons

During the initial fitting, we discovered that only a few minor changes needed to be made to the suit. The seat and waist both needed to be let out, and the sleeves of the jacket needed to be let down on the inside to make it look straight. Below are pictures of the final product, however I am actually going to take the jacket back tomorrow to slightly let the waist out. As you can see, it is pulling a tiny bit when buttoned. I am not sure if it is because my shirt is bunching up underneath because of a poor tuck or if I ate too much that day, but I definitely do need to get that fixed.

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After seeing the photos I am considering taking the pants back to have them hemmed a little bit shorter as well because I normally prefer a little bit less break.

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Below are some additional details I ended up choosing:

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2mm pick stiching, a patterned lining & a pink felt collar w/ custom monogramming

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I am pretty tired of wearing belts so I went with side tabs and seam pockets to round out a clean look for the trousers. Again please excuse my messy tuck. I was too excited to get everything on that I didn’t really pay attention to the small details. Aditionally, I had the button placement moved about an inch higher than normal and my jacket is ~1.5 inches shorter than the original. When I first approached the idea of getting a made-to-measure suit I really wanted to entertain the option of getting a ticket pocket but was persuaded out of it because it breaks the lines of the jacket which would make me look shorter.  If anyone was wondering, I am 5’6 and 125lbs and what I am always trying to do is make myself appear taller (yes I know it doesn’t help that I am standing next to a 6ft+ tall mannequin.) As you might imagine, I am willing to take any and all advice on how to maximize that. IMG_9882IMG_9926We snacked on  white chocolate, strawberry, and green tea Kit Kats and strawberry Oreo soft cookies during the fitting. I think maybe that’s why there is pulling in the jacket.IMG_9718Since a lot of people are asking me. The shoes I am wearing are Allen Edmonds Park Aves  and the tie is Kent Wang.

Final thoughts:

There are a couple things I wish were different. First, the monogramming on the inside lining of my jacket is barely visible because of the patterned lining. To fix this I think that they should sew a solid colored fabric on top of the lining then do the monogramming on top. Another option I wish I had was different options pant and sleeve linings. There is nothing inherently wrong with going with the basic striped one provided by Suitsupply, but more options is always a nice thing to have.

Overall, I am very pleased with how my suit came out (construction and fabric). Now keep in mind that this is my very first made-to-measure suit, so I cannot compare it against other brands, but if you have a Suitsupply in your city you should definitely step in and check out their selection of fabrics and options. It’s especially worth checking out if you are an odd size like I am or just can’t find that perfect color suit. I must say that now that I have done MTM, it will be very very hard for me to go back to ready-to-wear or off-the-rack suits.

If you have any questions about anything that was not addressed feel free to ask them in the comments below or send me an email.

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This concludes the Suitsupply Made-to-Measure series. I will be releasing a review of the MTM shirting in a future post. Thank you for reading my review and again, below are links to the previous installments.

Part 1: Fabrics and Fitting

Part 2: Styling and Personalization

Edit: I dropped the suit off to have it let out slightly at the waist which really helped with the pulling. I might add additional pictures to the post in the near future. Apparently the difference is my posture changed in the photos (which is my natural posture) versus the posture that I had when I tried on the suit.

Special thanks to: Clinton, Made-to-measure specialist of Suitsupply Houston.

Photos courtesy of: Levi Lemaster – instagram.com/le_master

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  • First, I am disappointed you did not go with @ThomBrowneNY, but I digress. You need a lot less break. I’m going to guesstimate and say that 6 inches would make it perfect.

    Do you have longwings by chance?

    • Adam

      Ugh, Troll Thom Browne! lol

  • breakaway

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with SuitSupply’s MTM. Will SuitSupply keep all of your measurements on file, with adjustments based on this suit (let waist out, shorten trouser length, etc)? Ideally the goal should be to be able to keep updating your measurements in their system so that you’ll get to a really great fit with future suits.

    • They do actually. They update everything even after the final tailoring has been done.

    • We, at Thom Browne New York, store your measurements in micrometers when you come in for MTM and we also use nanometer for true bespoke. For instance, Tim’s bespoke Thom Browne suit, the inseam on the pants was 711,200,000 nanometers.

      • How do you measure in nanometers?

  • Jason

    What’s the jacket length? 27″

  • Contrapaul

    This makes me want to get one. That suit is fantastic.

  • Guest 1

    I’m at the apple store and I’m going to make the home page http://www.somethingbespoke.com

  • contestant

    would love to see some fit pics post-alterations!

    • Its a huge difference. I’ll try to get some up as soon as I can. Been super busy after my trip from Colorado. (I know this is a fast reply. Slow day at work) :p

      • contestant

        great—hope to see them soon 🙂

  • sk

    does it cost extra to get full canvas? if so, how much?

    • The Suit Up line only comes in full canvas. So if you pick any of the fabrics apart of it then it will be included in the price. Like for example the fabric that I picked was $899 so that was all that I paid for plus tax.

  • Bespoke rookie

    Could you post a photo of the suit after the final alterations. Really interested to see the final results!

  • jck

    Hi, where can i get the tie? I really love the crossover of elegance and awesomeness.

      • jck

        Wow, that was fast. Thanks a lot!
        Like the combination you wear.

        • Oh wow I didn’t know shipping overseas was that expensive. If you want you can always email Kent Wang and see if they can do anything about the shipping costs because its kind of ridiculous for just a tie.

          And yeah I answer fast because I am at work on my computer haha.

          • jck

            Due to trouble with customs and stuff shipping to Germany actually is expensive as Kent already had trouble with lost packages.
            I postponed this investment for now…

      • jck

        Okay… Shipping to Germany is 43$…
        That seems a little ridiculous to me. I mean… It’s a tie not a whale 🙂

  • White collar baller

    Great review! I got some suitsupply gift cards for Christmas and want to use them on a suit. Your posts are very helpful.

  • MrSimperr

    i think the suit is nice.

  • Thank you @somethingbespoke:disqus. I think I’m going to visit the Chicago Suit Supply store for an MTM fitting. I was just discussing it with them today and was moving in that direction, so your post is right on. Please let me know if you have any particular advice about what to ask, ask for, stay away from, etc. Cheers.

    • Oh man I am so sorry for the slow reply! For some reason all of my notifications were sent over to my spam mail.

      Did you end up ordering your suit?

      • Timothy- I bought my first suit from the store and plan to return in early 2016 for the full MtM experience. The suit I bought feels and looks great. No regrets.

        • That’s awesome. Let me know how your experience goes. I am currently looking at a couple different MTM services for a new post. Probably going to get a new suit made when 2016 comes around as well.

        • Michael Lemus

          Mazyar, going this month to get my MTM suit at the Chicago location as well. Anyone in particular I should ask to work with?

          • Hi Michael,

            I haven’t been to the Chicago store yet but I know the MTM guys were trained by two of the Houston SAs, Clinton and Grant.

            You should be in good hands with whomever helps you. Feel free to contact me by email if you need any help. I normally respond fairly quickly.

  • Alexander_G

    I think they did a very good job, I didn’t know they had a MTM line. Just some question:
    – the fabric you chose seems very lightweight. Do they have heavier selections?
    – Do you know if they make high rise trousers?
    – You don’t mention armscye and collar fit, which are in my opinion the most significative. From your pictures the collar seems very fitting at neutral positions, do you feel it glued to the neck also when moving arms? And what about armhole size? Does the jacket allow full movement without deforming the front quarters and causing the collar pop? The back of the armhole goes straightly down or curves inward under your arm?

    • Hello Alexander,

      1. My fabric is “All Season” for the most part. I got a regular worsted wool fabric. They do have a pretty good selection of thicker fabrics for the cooler months if that’s what you are looking for. They also have a bunch of linens and cotton fabrics for the warmer months.

      2.
      – As far as armscye goes I didn’t really have to make any adjustments from the pattern so I’m not 100% sure if they allow changes.
      – My jacket allows full movement, I know I never quite updated the post with images after letting the waist out but doing that really helped movement a lot. For the most part the front of the suit curves along my body quite nicely.
      – The back of the armhole curves along my arm.

      If you have any other questions feel free to let me know.

  • Franco Fernando

    Awesome! you just made up my mind between Suit Supply and Indochino (been reading a ton of bad stories with Indochino). I also have the same measurement problems like you..I’m only 5’7, so i have to shorten everything (shirts, suit jackets, etc…)

    Your suit is exactly the type of blue suit I’ve been looking for though I prefer my suit jackets to stop right above where my crotch to my pants end…but that’s just my preference…excellent looking suit

    • I appreciate the comment Franco!

      Glad the review helped you in your buying decision. Correct length is so important to “lengthen” how us short guys look. If you need any additional advice feel free to reach out by commenting or sending me an email. I’ll try to answer anything as soon as possible.

      Best,
      Timothy

  • DonRufio

    Was looking into MTM by SuitSupply. From the information I gathered and the final results, I would advise to stay away from the program.

    Mind you, style is personal, however I feel his sleeves are a tad too short, body has too many waves and the sleeve doesnt bend smoothly. Tough to tell, but also the length of the jacket seems a bit long as well of the hips, unless your seat is big….

    I appreciate the article.

    • Hey Don!

      Thanks a lot for the comment. In reference to the sizing of the suit. I did go ahead and let out the side seams because it was a little tight around the buttoning point causing it to wrinkle. I can also assure you that the front is fully canvased.

      Jacket Length – the jacket actually covers about 90-95% of my seat. I have a larger seat so it causes the jacket to come out a little bit.

      Shirt Sleeve- You are right about my shirt sleeve. It’s definitely long by about half an inch or so. I went ahead and had them shortened. The jacket sleeve however hits at the break of my wrist.

      I really do appreciate the input though!

      Best,
      Tim