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Suits you Sir (Parte the Second)

14 November 2006 - 5:50pm -- Joseph

I never did report back on the outcome of my first trip to a tailor. The results were, shall we say disappointing...

The suit fitted me in no way whatsoever. The waist was way too big, the shoulders were a Dynasty-like horror show and the lapels bowed out weirdly when the suit was buttoned up. It's weird, because the outfit that Heather had made fitted her perfectly. He's obviously a good tailor, but suits clearly aren't his thing. I had the suit adjusted a couple of times, but it wasn't salvageable.

We made some enquires about a good tailor, and eventually located a guy called Oscar, which is of course the only name for a tailor...

So last week I went to see him with the cream material (no, I don't know when I'm ever going to actually wear a cream suit once we get back to England, though saying that, we might have a Gay wedding to go to in 2008).

I explained to him what I wanted, and he seemed to get it (I brought my own pictures this time). He was more expensive than the other guy, but on the plus side, he'd made a suit before, which is always handy. We were told to come back the next Saturday.

So at Saturday lunchtime, we rocked up to see the results. We found a workshop full of bits of cream material, and the two apprentices, who informed us that they had said five o'clock on Saturday (no they hadn't...)

So we went a pottered about here and there, and returned at 5 o'clock on the dot. In our defence, our punctuality was more by accident than design, but they were clearly amused by our whiteman-punctuality as they looked up from their fewer-and-larger pieces of cream material on which they were working (in fairness, it did look like a suit at that stage, albeit not one with buttons...) We hung around for an hour while they finished the suit, and eventually, I got to try it on - and it fits!

It looks good (if you like that sort of thing), and half an hour later I was sitting in a bar wearing it explaining that I was late because at the appointed meeting time the buttons were still being sewn on my suit.

So now all I need to do is go and buy some black material and have a suit made that I might actually wear...

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