Bespoke vs. Made-to-Measure Bespoke

“Bespoke” is a British term for garments are made to order specifically for a particular customer. In other words, bespoke clothing is custom-made using your measurements, your posture, and a garment pattern created just for you.

For word nerds, the word “bespoke” is the past participle of “bespeak,” which means to suggest or to reserve something in advance. In other words, these garments are “spoken for.”

Bespoke tailoring pays attention to fine details, such as lining up patterns of stripes. Contrast stitching for button holes, interesting fabrics for lining, and choice of buttons are also characteristic of custom-tailored garments.

Made-to-Measure

Made-to-Measure garments use a standardized pattern that is close to a customer’s measurements. The standard pattern is then modified before the garment is constructed.

While made-to-measure clothing can be constructed faster than bespoke garments, the fit will not be as precise as a garment that is custom-tailored for the wearer.

Fine details, like alignment of stripes, may also be lacking.

The stripes on the lapels and jacket pocket do not line up here. The suit is also too short for the model: the jacket sleeves expose too much of his shirt cuffs, and the trousers do not break at all across his shoes.
The stripes on the lapels and jacket pocket do not line up here. The suit is also too short for the model: the jacket sleeves expose too much of his shirt cuffs, and the trousers do not break at all across his shoes.

Here at Atlanta Custom Tailors, all our garments are bespoke, made using a pattern drawn from your posture and measurements. When you need adjustments to your garments, a new pattern is created just for you and used for future orders.

Ken - Thanks so much for my gorgeous
hunt coat! I've seen many beautiful coats at horse shows in my time, but this one is definitely my favorite. I am thrilled with the fabric we chose, although it was hard to choose between so many lovely options. It fits just beautifully; I can't believe you were able to achieve such a great fit with only one fitting. I will definitely never order another mail-order custom hunt coat
again since thanks to you, being measured in person gets better results and costs less than the other guys. I love my new coat so much that I'm ordering one as a present for my horse trainer tonight - I know he'll be as thrilled with his as I am with mine. Please feel free to use me as a reference. I'd be glad to tell anyone how pleased I am with my coat!


Thanks again for a beautiful coat, a
fabulous fit, and great service at a great price!

J.G.C.