What is made-to-measure clothing? Is this the
same as haute couture or pret-a-porter? Is made-to-measure the
same as bespoke? Wow, you sure ask alot of questions.
In summary, made to measure is half way between
bespoke. This means that the
garment is originally made based on general size standards but finishing
touches such as tailoring are done to make it fit better for a specific
Made to measure typically refers to clothing that is sewn from a
standard-sized base pattern. A tailored suit is a common example of a
made-to-measure garment. The fit of a made-to-measure garment is
expected to be superior to that of a ready-to-wear garment, because
ready-to-wear garments are constructed to fit the manufacturer's
definition of an average customer, while made-to-measure
garments are constructed to fit each customer individually.
made-to-measure items are seen by many to involve
less workmanship than
bespoke or "custom made" garments, as
made-to-measure garments always involve some form of standardization
in the patterning and manufacturing processes, whereas a bespoke
garment is made entirely from scratch based on a customer's
specifications. Typically, a made-to-measure garment will be more
expensive than ready-to-wear garment but cheaper than a bespoke one.
Unlike bespoke garments, which traditionally involves hand sewing,
made-to-measure manufacturers use both machine- and hand-sewing.
Made-to-measure also requires fewer fittings than bespoke, resulting in
a shorter wait between customer measurement and garment delivery.
Made-to-measure is sometimes also referred to as personal tailoring.
A tailor or seamstress would be of assistance if you wish to have
better fitting garments.
difference between Haute Couture, Ready-To-Wear, and Prêt-à-Porter.
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