The basted fitting: A hallmark of bespoke suiting
When Ron and Brett and I founded Bespoke Edge back in 2012, it was very important to all of us that we offered a true bespoke tailoring experience to our clients. And it dawned on me the other day that one aspect of our service that I haven’t discussed much to date is our basted fitting option.
A basted fitting is when you try on your custom suit jacket that has been temporarily stitched together with white basting thread. Initial measurements that were carefully taken during your first fitting were used to create this “working” jacket. We then use this jacket to fine tune the fitting.
The basted fitting is also your first opportunity to try on your custom suit. It may not look like much — with loose threads, somewhat scratchy fabric, and no buttons — but it will still feel like it was made for you.
This is a chance for you and Ron to look in the mirror and ensure that the fit is just how you want it. Maybe after seeing the jacket on, you decide that you want a more snug fit? Or a more relaxed fit, perhaps? Maybe the front button placement looks to be a little higher than you had expected? These are all adjustments that can easily be made halfway through the build process, thereby eliminating the potential need for any downstream alterations.
And on our end, we’re taking careful note of the jacket’s drape. Are the shoulders warping at all? Should the sleeve pitch be adjusted? These are examples of the kind of adjustments that we make on the backend to ensure that your finished suit fits you like a glove.
Presently, we offer the basted fitting option on our hand-made suits only (we offer two lines of suiting) and it’s always up to you as to whether or not you want to take advantage of this option. It will take a little more of your time to schedule another fitting with us, but oh boy, is it worth it! Our basted fitting clients enjoy a spectacular fit. Also, key to our goal as a company, we are guiding you through a revered and time honored process that gentleman have been enjoying for a very long time.
Saville Row in London enjoys a well deserved reputation as where many of the world’s finest suits come from. It is our hope that one day we can help to put Denver on the map.
Basted fitting: Further reading
Bespoke Edge: What is a men’s clothier?
Forbes: Made-to-measure and Bespoke