In the tailoring profession and world of readymade garments, the phrases Made to Measure and Bespoke are commonly used, along with Ready to Wear. While many people are aware of readymade apparel, confusion often arises between Made to Measure and Bespoke garments.
Bespoke refers to a male suit or any other clothing item that has been cut and stitched to fit an individual in the best possible manner. Primarily used in the world of men’s clothing, bespoke reflects the highest level of customization, from the fabric to the features and quality of stitching. Bespoke garments are expensive and rare, costing almost five times more than a Made to Measure clothing item.
Made to Measure
Made to Measure garments are believed to have a better fit than Ready to Wear apparel. This approach aims to provide a clothing item tailored to fit an individual customer, whereas Ready to Wear is manufactured on a mass basis to fit an average customer. The quality and level of workmanship in a Made to Measure clothing item are much less than in a bespoke garment. Made to Measure provides some control to the buyer but does not give them complete control, as is the case with bespoke.
- Bespoke garments reflect a higher level of craftsmanship than Made to Measure.
- Bespoke clothing is much more expensive than Made to Measure.
- Bespoke garments have a higher quality than a Made to Measure garment, reflected in aspects such as lining, waistband, and quality of stitching.