By this time you should have a good idea of what you want your suit to look like and have bought the cloth you’ll be using. The next step is to go to a tailor and start the process of having a suit made. But before I delve into the details I’ll start with a background on the tailoring industry in the Philippines and how it will affect the outcome.
There are many tailors in Manila that can make a suit. Most of these tailors have not been professionally trained. They learned their craft using knowledge handed down and working for other tailors. This means that their skill has not progressed and as such you will not be getting a well-made suit. What you will get is a decent enough suit which will serve the purpose of having one when the need arises.
In terms of construction the suits are fused. Everywhere you will read that fused suits aren’t good but the technology has come a long way. Of course a fully canvassed suit will be much better but at the price the tailors are charging a fused suit will do.
As for aesthetics do not ask for advice from tailors as most of them hardly wear a suit. This is precisely the reason why I began this series with suit features. By having a concrete idea of what you want your suit to look like you lessen the risk of ending up with a suit that you do not like because your tailor made aesthetic decisions that aren’t to your liking.
The fee you will expect to pay is usually between PHP 3,000 to PHP 6,000 for CMT. In tailoring parlance CMT means cut, make, trim. Since you will be providing the fabric all you need to pay for is the construction of the suit.
Now that we know what to expect from tailors it is time to visit one. There is not much to be discussed in picking a tailor because their construction methods are the same. There are better ones out there but only by a small margin. I will not provide a list of recommended tailors for the reasons stated so I would suggest going to one that is the most convenient in terms of location. Bring the cloth you have purchased.
It is best to explain to the tailor how you envision your suit to be before he starts measuring. By giving him an idea of whether you want it to be cut close to your body or not will affect the way he measures and the amount of allowances he will give. During the measuring process if you feel that your tailor is being conservative it is best to speak up. It’s perfectly all right to say that you want the waist to be more defined.
After taking your measurements insist that you come in to fit the suit prior to it being finished. A suit can still be tweaked so don’t let your tailor finalize the suit just yet. Set a date for when your fitting will take place. It might take a little longer than a week to finish especially if your tailor has a lot of jobs to fulfill.