Ask the Tailor: What’s the Difference Between Bespoke and Made to Measure


Each month we ask our expert tailors to address one of your most frequent questions. This month we’re talking about the difference between bespoke and made to measure. Read on to find out the definitive word on which is which. 

It’s not unusual to come across the terms ‘bespoke’ and ‘made to measure’ used pretty much interchangeably in tailoring.

However, there is a very key difference between the two. Here’s everything you need to know.

What is bespoke tailoring?

In bespoke tailoring, your tailor will create a garment completely to your specifications. This begins with creating a pattern exactly to your measurements. During this process you will be able to make decisions about every last feature, from the fabric to the fit, style and embellishment. 

When you choose bespoke, you can then expect your garment to be made by hand. You will also go through a fitting process to make sure the final garment is the perfect fit. 

What is made to measure tailoring?

In made to measure tailoring, your tailored garment will be produced to order according to your measurements. In this type of tailoring, the tailor will use pre-existing patterns that will be adjusted to fit you. 

When you choose made to measure, you will still be able to make decisions about the look of the final garment, but how many options you have here will depend on the individual tailor and how they work. You will still typically go through a fitting process, but it generally isn’t as involved as it would be for bespoke. 

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