Jasper Littman’s Tailoring Tips: How to Choose a Fabric for a Bespoke Suit

October 24, 2012


Fabric for bespoke suit

Navy subtle pin stripe woven exclusively for Jasper Littman


When ordering your bespoke or semi-bespoke suit (the fabric selection is the same for both) you’ll be guided through the process but you may want to consider these factors before your first appointment:


  • What will the suit be used for? Is this a business suit or is it for a wedding?
  • During which season will the suit be ready? Would it make sense to order a summer weight suit, a winter weight or a year-round medium weight? Click here to read about fabric weights
  • Will this suit be used for overseas travel to hot countries?
  • What colours do you already have in your wardrobe? If you already own five navy suits, then maybe it’s time for a grey?
  • Which colours suit your skin tone, hair colour and size, and which are appropriate for your profession?
  • What’s the clothing policy at your place of employment? Do you always have to wear conservative colours or can you get away with being more adventurous?
  • Is durability the most important factor for you or are you more interested in comfort?
  • What is your budget? The price of a Jasper Littman suit is determined by the quality of the fabric.
  • Do you prefer pure wool or would you consider a blend e.g. wool & mohair, wool & cashmere etc?


Fabric Tips:


  • Medium weight and heavier weight fabrics will always drape better than light weights but of course they will be warmer to wear as a result. Take into account the temperature of your working environment when considering the weight.


  • Consider whether you’re the type of person who feels the cold, or whether you’re more likely to overheat in an office situation.


  • Always try to choose a fabric that’s more interesting than the colours and weaves you usually find with off-the-peg suits.


  • Ask your tailor about how the quality and performance varies between different fabric merchants e.g. Holland & Sherry, H. Lesser, Smith Woollens etc. They all have their strengths and weaknesses and this should be taken into account when making your decision. Their prices also vary considerably.



This entry was posted in Cloth and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *