Altering Custom Suits: Measurement Adjustments and Quick Fixes

So you've settled on a custom suit that fits your wardrobe and your personality perfectly. Now, where do you go from here? Sometimes the fitting process can be time-consuming and intimidating. But here at Enzo Custom, all of us want to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. 

When you select a custom suit from us, you will first book an appointment that is convenient for your schedule. Once that is complete, you will then arrive at one of our physical showrooms where one of our expert clothiers will take up to 31 measurements to ensure that your new custom suit fits your body type as accurately as possible. Within four weeks, you'll come into one of our locations for your final fitting, and any adjustments necessary will be done at no extra charge. For a successful suit purchasing and fitting experience, it is always key to handle any alterations in the beginning rather than afterward, as it will not only be more convenient but also normally done at no additional cost. This is why communication is important in the beginning stages of your suit purchase.  

But of course, not all suit retailers are created equal. Many custom tailors might surprise you with hidden fees related to even the slightest of adjustments to your garments, whether those are completed initially after the purchase or several months down the line. While each business has its own sets of rules and parameters it follows, Enzo Custom does the best it can to make the suit-buying experience as easy and as painless as possible. It's always good to keep in mind the initial upfront cost of something; when it comes to suits, if something looks like it's too good to be true (e.g. a severely reduced price, promises of free adjustments over the lifetime of the suit, etc.), then it probably is. In this article, we'll do our best to walk you through the suit-buying process, as well as give you some tips and pointers to make the experience run more smoothly overall.

Getting Fitted

Purchasing a custom suit online isn't quite the same as buying books or electronic components. Oftentimes when people are presented with online buying options for custom suits, they automatically assume that measurements are to be taken through an online interface; while this may be true for some online suit rental companies and other retailers offering an online shopping experience, Enzo Custom works differently from this. While you are free to select your fabric, jacket, pants, any additional accents, and accessories online, we firmly believe in taking physical measurements to ensure the best and most accurate fit for your custom suit. So while in theory, it is possible for a tailor to take measurements online, it often requires the tailor to take the customer's exact word for it, and this usually results in a suit that doesn't fit quite right. By selecting the type of suit you want online and then physically going into one of our showrooms during your private appointment to get your measurements, you can rest assured that there won't be any problems with the final fit. As Enzo Custom offers several different physical locations across the country in large population centers, measurements and subsequent adjustments and alterations can be completed with relative ease no matter where you reside. In addition to our in-store measurements, at your request, we will keep your measurements on file in the event you need to reorder more suits, shirts, or tuxedos, in which case showing up for any additional measurements may not be necessary.

The Process

While you may know off-hand your pant size, shoulder-length, neck size, and chest measurement, suits are going to run a bit differently than normal everyday casual wear and even vary slightly depending on the brand or manufacturer. This is one of the reasons why it is imperative to get measured in person by a tailor rather than guesstimating your size—as it is often done—when you rent suits online or buy from unscrupulous retailers. Bonafide tailors will know how to take your measurements accurately, and when it comes to your professional wardrobe, it's usually best to leave these details and nuances to the experts.

Just as the measurements themselves are best done by the professionals, the same goes for any alterations or adjustments that may need to be completed. This is one of the major benefits of an Enzo Custom suit, as these minor tweaks are made conveniently in-house during the final fitting phase without any extra cost. The last thing anyone wants is to end up with a suit that doesn't fit properly, so communicating with your tailors early is important for quality assurance. But of course, sometimes alterations and adjustments after the purchase has been made are unavoidable. As Enzo Custom is vertically integrated, we can do these after-purchase adjustments for a nominal fee if absolutely necessary, but our thorough and precise initial measurements can normally prevent this type of situation from occurring. Sometimes people may even be tempted to go to a local tailor for these last-minute fixes, but we would exercise caution if you for whatever reason decide to take this route. Even when tailors are reputable and highly recommended, some of them might be prone to take advantage of charging a premium for those last-minute alterations, especially when an important event is only days away.

Quick Fixes

While we do our best to impart the most useful knowledge when it comes to caring for and maintaining your custom suits, we do realize that not everything goes according to plan, especially if you live in a household with pets or children. Suits can become stained, wrinkled, or damaged, sometimes seemingly beyond our control. When that does happen, depending on the type of mishap, there are certain things you can do that may not warrant a trip to your local tailor or dry cleaner, if time is of the essence.

If you have at least a little experience with threads and needles, you might be able to get away with reattaching buttons yourself. However, if your suit becomes frayed or damaged for any reason, it usually takes a more expert pair of eyes to remedy such a situation. Reweaving a damaged part of a suit is best left to professionals in spite of do-it-yourself articles that suggest you can do this on your own. Unless you actually have experience in tailoring custom suits and tuxedos, you're better off not even attempting such a task. While a sewing machine might be feasible for everyday wear, we would recommend against using one on such an important garment as a suit; if the repair is not done accurately or precisely, you could even cause further damage to the integrity of the fabric and severely cut short the lifespan of your garments. The general rule to keep in mind here is that if any repairs or remedies involve the material fabric itself, it's best to leave that to the professionals. That being said, there are still some things that you can remedy yourself, in particular when damage to the fabric is only superficial and not structural. Stains that might result in discoloration, for example, would certainly apply to the latter category.

Stains and Discoloration: Quick Tips

It's happened to all of us at some point. Those moments when we've been running late to a meeting and spill coffee on our suit jacket or go over a speed bump too quickly in the car while holding a foamy latté can be infuriating. But that doesn't mean those moments necessarily have to be devastating. Short of turning around and heading back to the cleaners or changing into another suit for the day, there are some ways you can get rid of those pesky minor stains without too much extra effort.

As most suits are made of wool, it is imperative that you do not use hot water on them at all, as wool is heat-sensitive and it can damage and distort the fabric. It is also best to blot the stain rather than scrub it, as the more you scrub—for example, coffee—the more set into the fabric the stain will become. If water alone doesn't do the trick, you can blot the affected area with a small amount of detergent, or even vinegar and lemon juice. This will lift the stain out but will not ruin or discolor the fabric itself. But you should always avoid bar soap, caustic chemicals, or peroxides, as these have the potential to damage and discolor the wool fabric. Baking soda, while touted as a fix-all for an assortment of clothing and upholstery, should never be used on wool fabrics, as the material is very sensitive to the effects of alkaline substances.

Of course, these pointers are for minor superficial stains. For spills and mishaps that are much deeper, we would recommend that a trip to the dry cleaners is in order.

The Enzo Custom Experience

Here at Enzo Custom, we do everything we can to ensure that your custom suit shopping experience goes as smoothly as possible. By selecting a custom suit from us, you will not only get excellent service and precise measurements to your body type but also receive alterations during the final fitting at no additional charge. Feel free to pick out your new suit with our online customization tool before you stop into one of our physical showrooms to get fitted during your private appointment. Your new addition to your wardrobe is only just a few clicks away, and our expert clothiers will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about style, fit, and suit maintenance.

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