Are bespoke clothes really expensive?

Made-to-measure clothing vs. bespoke tailoring - these are the differences

Bespoke clothing vs. bespoke tailoring:

One almost thought that made-to-measure clothing was extinct. An old holdover that only the well-off can afford.

The process of measuring and producing an item of clothing was considered complex and expensive.

But times have changed - not least because of the emerging trend to order clothes on the Internet.

Made-to-measure clothing can now again be made personally in every major city or even ordered online.

But what exactly is offered?

Yes, it's made to measure. But is it tailor-made or made-to-measure?

And what's the difference?

We'll explain it to you.

Tailor-made - what does bespoke tailoring do?

Most people imagine a traditional tailor to be something like this: a slightly older man with a tape measure around his neck, who personally measures his customers by hand and notes each measurement in a small notebook.

You’re not wrong about that. Well, the tailor doesn't necessarily have to be a gentleman and doesn't necessarily have to be a bit older, but that's basically true.
The tailor, or the seamstress, usually measures customers by hand with a tape measure. The most important measurements are taken and noted in order to then manufacture a completely new item of clothing.

You read that right: A completely new item of clothing.

This means that your suit, shirt, blouse or anything else is made from scratch at the bespoke tailoring. The tailor, or the seamstress, usually redraws the cutting patterns for your garment with chalk and by hand. Only then are the patterns cut and sewing can begin.

This process is of course very time-consuming. It takes a lot of experience in the field of bespoke tailoring to be able to accept the right values.
Drawing and tailoring the pattern is an art in itself.

If the garment is finished, it is guaranteed 100% individual.


Made to measure vs. bespoke tailoring - what happens with made to measure?

Made-to-measure clothing is also made-to-measure clothing. However, the basis is different.

Made-to-measure garments do not produce the garment from scratch, but make use of it prefabricatedSewing pattern.

These cutting patterns are made to the dimensions of the end customer customized.

In short, the made-to-measure manufacturer also takes your measurements, but does not use them to create new patterns for your garment, but rather adapts an existing pattern to your measurements.


Slip parts as an aid in made-to-measure clothing

Something that bespoke clothing uses, but not bespoke tailoring, are so-called slip-on parts.

Slip pieces are in clothing Standard clothing sizes into which the customer can slip into, so to speak.

Then the slip parts are staked out and adapted to the customer until the end result is almost visible.

The slip part then provides the basis for individual patterns from which the garment is created.

The made-to-measure garment manufacturer can offer a made-to-measure item of clothing relatively quickly and without large losses of material.


Clothing blanks as a basis for made-to-measure clothing

Similar to the slip-on parts, the supplier of made-to-measure clothing also has the option of putting on blanks from existing items of clothing to adjust individual dimensions.

This means that a pre-made shirt, shirt or similar can simply be adapted to individual dimensions and tailored.

This has the advantage that the end customer does not have to slip into various standard items of clothing.

With this type of made-to-measure clothing, bespoke clothing manufacturers also have the option of offering their customers individual, made-to-measure clothing without ever having to measure them by hand.


So is tailor-made automatically more expensive?

Usually yes. A completely individual item of clothing manufactured from scratch cannot usually keep up with a tailor-made item of clothing in terms of price.

But it doesn't have to be.

Conclusion for bespoke clothing vs. bespoke tailoring in terms of price:

Both work with different principles and therefore can differentlycosts.


You can read a man's point of view and experience report here.

What does 3D body scanning have to do with it?

Especially in the field of Made to measure the automatic body measurement is interesting.


  • Quick measurement of end customers (less than 3 seconds)
  • Survey privacy
  • No measuring by hand
  • The customer does not have to measure himself
  • No trying out different items of clothing, blanks and slip-on parts
  • Focus on fabrics, colors, patterns and additional items
  • Can be linked to the online shop
  • Re-ordering possible without re-measuring
  • and much more


For everyone who would like to know more about the possibilities of 3D body scanning for made-to-measure clothing: Just contact us. We look forward to your inquiries.


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