About the Bespoke Tailoring Process

Most people have very little of what to expect when ordering a bespoke suit for the first time and this can make it daunting for them. Thankfully, we are very different to the stuffy tailors you might have an image of!

What to Expect from the Bespoke Suit Process

Whether this is your first bespoke suit or you are a suit connoisseur, we provide you with a welcoming, customer-focused service that is all about making you look and feel amazing.

Because our schedule can get booked up very quickly, we encourage you to book your initial consultation in advance. You can do this by either calling us on 0330 053 6776 or using our online booking system.

Your initial consultation will be up to an hour long, which is enough time to choose a cloth, select a style and get measured up. We can go through as much or as little as you want at this appointment. There is no obligation to buy, so it is a great opportunity for you to find out more about what we do.

Bespoke Suit Tailoring Process
Bespoke Suit Process with King & Allen

Your Initial Consultation

Getting to Know You

At the beginning of your consultation, your tailoring consultant will hand you a short questionnaire to fill out. Your answers to these questions will give us the information we need to show you our recommended cloth books and get started on the style.

Selecting a Cloth

We have over 3000 cloths to choose from, so there should be something for everyone’s taste and requirements. At your consultation, you can browse through our cloth books at your leisure. Your tailoring consultant will be on hand to help you, should you need any guidance.

If you’d like to see a small selection of these cloths before your consultation, you can order free fabric samples online.

Once you have chosen a cloth that you like, we will show you our lining selection. Whether you like classic neutrals, bold colour or quirky prints, we have a lining to suit you.

Bespoke Tailoring Process

Styling your Suit

Whether you opt for our modern bespoke or our traditional bespoke construction method, there are so many style options available to you.

Your tailoring consultant will guide you through our classic style options, with the help of our sample jackets. If there is a particular style detail that you would like to include in your suit, mention it to your consultant. It is very likely that we will be able to include it.

Measuring You for a Bespoke Suit

In order to be as accurate as possible, we request that you wear trousers (not jeans) and a shirt to be measured in. If you would like to order a skirt, please bring along your favourite skirt, as well as the trousers. We have fitting rooms, so if you want to bring a change of clothing, that is absolutely fine.

Whilst measurements are very important, your body posture is critical to the fit of the suit so your tailoring consultant will take a combination of up to 30 unique measurements from your body, as well as take notes and photographs of your posture.

This process only takes 15-20 minutes.

Placing Your Order

At this stage, we have all of the information we need to start tailoring your suit. We take a 50% deposit when we place the order and the balance is due when you collect the finished suit.

Bespoke Tailoring Process - Baste Fitting

Baste Fitting (Traditional Bespoke Suits Only)

If you have ordered a traditional bespoke suit on our regular service (not one of our express services), you will have a baste fitting on your suit, four weeks after placing your order.

At this fitting, you will try on the “skeleton” of your suit for the first time. It is not fully constructed. Instead, it is basted together to allow us to make large alterations before the suit is completed.

Once you are wearing the suit, your tailoring consultant will measure the suit and start to pin any necessary alterations. This process is a collaboration between you and your consultant so that we can achieve the fit and silhouette that you want.

The tailor will then complete the suit, based on the alterations and notes made at this fitting.

Alteration Fittings

Bespoke tailoring is an art – not a science, so it is not uncommon for your suit to need some tweaking before it is ready for you to take home.

Your first alteration fitting will be six weeks after placing your order for our modern bespoke suits. For those of you getting a traditional bespoke suit, it will be five weeks after your baste fitting. If you want your fitting to be sooner, we do offer express services.

At this fitting, you will try on your fully constructed suit for the first time. Your consultant will assess whether the suit needs any alterations. You will also have an opportunity to provide feedback on the fit and how it feels.

If you need alterations, they will pin the garment for the tailor to alter. We will then book you in for a further alteration fitting in two weeks time. This is sooner if you are on our express service.

Taking your Suit Home

If your suit doesn’t need alterations, you may take it home! All we need is your remaining balance.

You have 21 days to bring the suit back for free alterations. If you notice anything else that needs adjusting after wearing it a few times, please do get in touch!

The Bespoke Tailoring Process