"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle."
Ernest Hemingwayemail me if google hasn't got the answer..
Hmmm - Let’s start from the top.
- MTM is not Bespoke, but yes I agree the 1st few are hit & miss.
- No issue in shortening a shirt, but I don’t agree with sales associates or tailors when they suggest shortening oh coats as no doubt the balance of pockets & buttons will be thrown. Saying that I have had some jkt shortened with mild success, as the distance from the lowest button & the pockets where quite high. But this was rare. The rest have been banished.
- As previously mentioned, most tailors are trades people not stylists. When even I explore different lengths, I try & get a 2nd or 3rd set of eye’s & ensure they are at least 3 meters away to get the right perspective. Failing that, I use my camera.
- Your final point is of some concern, if was the tailor taking the measurements for the MTM/bespoke suit he should have got it close or at least consulted you before the forward fitting or cutting of button holes or pocket placement.
- In the end, it is up to the individual’s eye.
I hope this helps as I’m just going from experience & no way am I a tailor.. Just a hack with bad shoulders & a grin..