I decided to buy my Husband a proper grown man’s suit in inky black tropical weight wool. I haven’t bought clothing (let alone nice clothing) for quite some time and the price shocked me a little. Of course, I paid it, but it did give me a bigger head a greater appreciation for my skill. (Not that I would bother with a suit jacket for him, but I do fuss with my own wardrobe quite a bit.) Shopping is so different from sewing, I believe I’d rather toil away in my quiet sewing room than fight crowds and only *maybe* find what I’m looking for.
Husband is slim, so a slim cut flatters him. No, that’s not my husband. Judging from the young professional men I see on the street, I believe suits are cut in a more European style here. I bought him a beautiful aqua and white pinstriped shirt to wear underneath with a slim black 1960’s tie.
How revolting- it fit right off the rack. He didn’t even come shopping with me. Perhaps the sleeves are a shade too long, but otherwise a very good fit. Sick.
Flat piping joining the facing to the lining, two pockets on the inside left.
An extra swish pocket on the right side. I like the completely unnecessary triangle of lining fabric.
Nice little lapel, beautiful single welt. The exterior also sports two welt pockets as per normal; six pockets total. I would have preferred to find a jacket with a ticket pocket, but I suspect it’s a very British/European flourish:
The front obviously has the proper chest shields (pinch test) for a nice man’s suit, and I was told the interfacing was hand pad-stitched. I’m not bothered, the English Cut or another tailor blog did an exhaustive write-up on the subject some time ago, concluding machine pad-stitching is fine.
So with all that pretty work and nice fabric, you’d think they could throw in an undercollar:
Apparently, suit jackets don’t need undercollars any more, the very idea is rather Edwardian. I never ran across anything in my tailoring books or readings about this. This is not the world’s most expensive suit by a long shot, but for the price you think they could kick in the under collar, something other than what looks like dark medium weight fusible interfacing.
Is this done to reduce bulk? To cut out the roll line? I could see how it might speed up construction to omit the troublesome piece of fabric. The edges are clean. I’m happy with the suit otherwise. I couldn’t find any other RTW suits made with an under collar.