Would you do this?

posted 2 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

if the friend is trustworthy and reliable i would let him do it. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

We just came home to Australia (from Japan, via Malaysia), my fiancé is having a suit custom made there, he was measured in the morning and chose the material etc, had it fitted in the evening. We expect the suit in the next few weeks (his uncle will post it on to us) many places advertise a 24 hour turn around, but why rush an artist? That’s costing a bit over 500 for a 3 piece suit (and extra pants I think). It’s a tad harder if the tailor can’t do a fitting with you there…but South East Asia is known for handmade clothing, or more, has people who make handmade clothing, you still need to track down the best. I would trust a lawyer to know though 😉

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

annb9: I’m afraid that I can’t reassure you on that score, just that SE Asia is known for tailoring/bespoke clothing. I would trust a tailor someone has met and used over the weird online dress shops that take your measurement (and your money) and then occasionally deliver something vaguely resembling what you asked for…which might fit, whilst hiding behind contracts and being impossible to contact 😉 could you have any little issues cleared up at home (do you know a reasonable local alterations service?), is there a suit that fits well/ he loves that they could work from? Just some thoughts 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d ask for swatches, and photos of the other men’s suits.  I’m sure he is trustworthy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you and your FI will agree with what he thinks is a gorgeous suit.  There’s no particular reason that a tailor in Saigon would be any better, or worse, than anywhere else in the world.  If you do it, I would be prepared for the possibility that it is $400 down a hole.  You might end up with a tux that Fi isn’t happy enough, in which case you culd probably get $100 for it on eBay.

The inability to go in, and see the tailor’s shop, and his other work, is the biggest problem.  This would be a made to measure suit, and that means adapting an existing pattern to your FI’s measurements.  If the existing pattern is already one that suits your FI, it should work out at least ok, fit-wise.  But, you don’t know what pattern he’ll use.  Also, I would ask  him to find out if that price point would be fused, half-canvassed, or fully canvassed.  My guess is fused, which sn’t what you want for a Tuxedo your FI is going to wear a lot.  You’ll want to invest in a fully canvassed suit that (a) drapes beautifullly, and (b) will stand up to wear, and dry cleaning, much, much better, making it look better for many more years.

It really comes down to if you’re willing to risk the $400.  You could spend it and get nothing useful in the end.

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