Selecting the fabric you want for your custom made suit is the most important factor in ensuring that your suit truly suits your needs. In my 17 years experience the debate around which fabric to go for takes up at least 50% of the consultation. I cannot stress the importance and value of thinking this part of the process thru. FAUSTUS is happy to offer you some free fabric samples to get you started. Take our Questionnaire to get started. However, here are a few pointers to consider before embarking on the custom made suit experience.
Knowing the purpose(s) of your custom made garment is vital in making the right decision. How often do you intend to wear the suit? For what occasions? If, for instance, you are making a suit for your wedding and you want to wear it to work regularly after the wedding then this will reduce your fabric selection. Should you be getting married on a beach or in a hot climate this will also affect your decision. How your previous garments have shown wear & tear should also be considered. Good tailors will ask.
Always see your fabrics in natural light. A lot of shop lighting has been designed to produce dramatic effect but NOT for the proper viewing of fabric. Fabrics will always look different when you see them in natural light. Always. You can request fabric samples from most tailors so that you can take the samples away to consider how they work with the rest of your wardrobe or with wedding plans, etc.... Don't be too shy to ask. FAUSTUS offers free samples in advance to both whet your appetite and help you begin this decision making process. Take our FAUSTUS Questionnaire to get some free fabric samples now!
As a rule the more simple or subtle the fabric the more versatile and deployable the garment becomes. I am big fan of punchy suits (suits in bright colours or bold patterns) but I know that I won't be able to wear these day to day. They are simply too memorable. Whereas a plain navy or grey suit can be matched with different shirts, ties, pocket squares and shoes so as to make it appear a different suit even when worn day after day. But, this same plain suit made in a 'work appropriate' wool would probably look out of place at a beach wedding. My personal recommendation is to find subtle or hidden patterns in fabrics that pass for plain but up close have a bit of pizzaz and subtly make the suit stand out from others. You can also look for fabric blends like wool/mohair, wool/silk--and one of my favourites--wool/linen to add a point of difference and versatility. This is the one of the great pleasures of Custom made. Enjoy it!
Don't be duped by the numbers alone. It is perhaps a very 'male thing' to be seduced by fancy specifications and this tendency can rear its head in the selection of fabrics. Just because the fabric thread count (how many threads per square inch) is higher does not necessarily make the fabric better. In the car world, for instance, 250 bhp from a Skoda will not be the same as 250 bhp from a Porsche. The same with fabric mills, neither is necessarily better or worse as it depends on the intended purpose. Some salespersons will try and blind you with science (and price!) so make sure you ask them to clearly explain the benefits behind a certain cloth. The good ones will be able to do this. Remember you are buying benefits not specifications!
Keeping the above pointers in mind when selecting the right cloth (and tailor) will help you choose the best garment for your taste, budget, and needs. And remember, just as in medicine, you can always get a second opinion.