how does it work?
The making of custom clothing requires a special process. Please read through the below steps to familiarize yourself with how we go about it.
At Watson Ellis we follow a simple but proven three-step process to ensure the best fit for your style and body.
Step 1: The styling and fit session
First we will discuss your fit needs and style preferences—ie., your lifestyle and how you will wear your garment/s. We will then fit you in a muslin garment, pinning and clipping our way toward fit perfection! Following the fitting, Melissa will help you to choose from our many beautiful fabric swatches, and to find something within your budget. We will then discuss all the other design details—lining styles, button types, buttonhole colors, lapel widths. It’s all pretty fun, it must be said. This one-on-one session will take approximately one hour.
Step 2: Second fitting
4-6 weeks later we meet again for a final fitting in your newly made custom clothes. In this session we make sure the garment/s fits exactly as we had planned. If you’re over the moon with the product you can take it home then and there. If some minor alterations still need to be made, no problem—it will only take a week from the date of your second fitting to make these changes.
Step 3: Final look
If minor alterations have been made then we’ll meet one last time for Melissa to give your garment/s a final look over before you take it home!
WHAT IS BESPOKE?
Have you ever gone to a department store and walked away feeling like nothing was quite right for your style or body? Either you were in-between sizes, or those colors were just not flattering on you!? Bespoke garments are fit and tailored to your specific measurements, and you get to choose from hundreds of design and color preferences. The options are endless.
WILL I BE CHARGED FOR ADDING DESIGN DETAILS?
No. All design options are included — buttons, buttonholes, lapel widths, pocket types etc.. We do, however, offer special printed linings for an extra $150. All of the solid Japanese Bemberg linings are included in the cost of the suit. And there is an $150 charge for a silk satin Tuxedo treatment.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Lead time is about 3-5 weeks for a first time client. Usually the finished product will be in your hands within 6 weeks.
WHERE IS EVERYTHING MADE?
All our fabric is milled in either the UK, France, or Italy, and the cut and sew is done in China by a family-owned tailoring company that has been in business for 25 years. The construction skills of their tailors are unparalleled.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Please see our pricing page.
HOW IS THE COST CALCULATED?
Cut and sew costs are fixed across the board. Cost variance basically comes down to different fabric prices — there are, for example, major differences between cashmere and lamb’s wool in terms of price. There are some upgrade options in terms of linings and trims as well.