Ask the Tailor: Why is an Individual Paper Pattern Important?

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Each month we ask our expert tailors to address one of your most frequent questions. This month we’re discussing individual paper patterns, and why they should be of interest to you. 

How much do you think about the process of your tailoring being made? The idea of whether or not an individual paper pattern is using during this stage may not seem particularly important, but we’re here to assure you that it definitely is.

What is an individual paper pattern?

An individual paper pattern is used during the cutting process. A pattern is used to tell the tailor exactly what size and shape of pieces to cut out of fabric in order to create your garments. 

An individual paper pattern is a pattern that is unique to each customer and is made exactly to their measurements. 

Why is this so important?

To put it simply, whether or not an individual paper pattern is used is the difference between bespoke tailoring and made-to-measure tailoring. 

In bespoke tailoring, your tailor will create a personalised paper patten that is completely based on your body shape, measurements and style preferences. This will mean the final garment is completely unique to you and is made to fit.

In made-to-measure tailoring, the tailor will use a standard pattern that’s closest to your measurements, then make final adjustments to fit. Though this can still result in a good fit, it’s not the same as having a garment that’s made with you in mind right from the beginning.

An individual paper pattern is usually the difference between a good fit and a perfect fit. 

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