Yes, I sent the measurements in to the tailor. I had them from the London tailor who made jackets for me before. We did not discuss whether I could send in well-fitting clothes as a reference from the outset, but they did ask if I could send in a jacket that fits me when we were discussing the alterations, but mentioned it is completely optional. Would you suggest I do that?
I am actually really reluctant to send the jackets in, because I don't have that many jackets, and need to use the one I have.
I was curious because when I was younger and couldn't find clothes people would always say that I should have my clothes custom-made. But there never seemed to be any affordable options. I had a friend whose mother was Chinese and very elegant and fashionable (perhaps giving her some contacts in China) who had some clothing copied in Hong Kong, but I've never been to Asia. This was also in the pre-Internet era. You couldn't easily look up people.
Were you tailor's measurement's current? The body changes. Moreover, people use different measuring systems, so there easily can be discrepancies. I understand your reluctance to part with one of your few well fitting jackets, but probably submitting one would ensure something closer to an ideal fit.
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Tailleuse is giving you constructive advice and being as helpful as she can. (I notice she is based in New York and you mention you yourself may be from New York, why not get in touch she may be the tailor you are looking for!)
One other small comment, it would have made a big difference to your photos if you had pressed the suit, it looks as if you unpacked the outfit and put it straight on. A nice press would have made a world of difference, especially the creases down the front of the sleeves. ( looking at your slim figure also, I don't see how you cannot get nice clothes off the peg!)
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good luck in your future quest.
Bless you, I'm just an amateur. I agree with you and others who say that getting a professional press would help. For a supposedly custom-made garment, the fit's not great, but by ordinary standards it really doesn't look bad (one of the benefits of having a young, trim figure). I also agree that you should be able to buy clothes off-the-rack, although they will require a little altering. Find a line you like, like J.Crew or Theory. Tahari used to have nice, not-too-dull corporate suits that weren't too expensive, but I stopped following them after they cut back on their petite line.
There's a website called www.corporette.com, which features business clothes for women. It might give you some ideas.
Your suit resembles a J.Crew Super 120 suit I bought last year. The jacket fit well, but I got lousy advice from their customer service person on the skirt size and even altering didn't help. I was working with a sewing teacher yesterday on a skirt sloper and one of my projects will be to try to find a wool that matches my jacket because I hate the fit of the skirt.
Throughout my life I have found that major alterations aren't successful on my clothing; it never hangs right. I once had a suit that fit very well, but I wanted it tweaked. I took it to a very nice custom dressmaking place, which did a beautiful job, but I paid for it -- $100 over 20 years ago. Thank God the suit was on sale.
Edited by tailleuse, 10 August 2013 - 12:55 AM.