Made to Measure Tailoring
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 9am-5.30pm
Telephone no: 01638 664 682
Golding of Newmarket is proud to offer a Made to Measure service. We can make Suits, Waistcoats, Trousers, Formal Shirts and Sports Jackets.
People often ask the question; why would anybody wish to have a Made to Measure suit when they can buy off the peg? There are many reasons why somebody would want to have one made. Some examples are that they may be very tall or short, or have long arms. Another reason why some people choose Made to Measure is because to an extent, they get to design the look of the suit including choosing the cloth and lining. But the best part is that whatever shape or size you are, the garment is based upon your own individual measurements and will fit only you perfectly.
There are many variations to consider when designing a suit. Some typical examples are single or double breasted, the type of vent at the back of the coat, the type and width of lapel, how you want the pockets to be configured on the inside and outside, how many pockets you want, whether the trousers have a plain or pleat front, and whether you wish to have turn ups on the bottom or not. They are so many more options that are available and which we can discuss when creating your order.
The company we use to make our Made to Measure garments is based in Leeds. This is where the order is processed and the production is done overseas. The finish of all the garments are to a very high standard. All garments that we take an order for will come back completed and ready for a fitting when the customer comes to collect. We are able to offer a fitting half way through the process, however this will incur an additional charge and will add another 4 weeks on to the production process. In most cases, a fitting is not required half way through, but we are well aware that there may be some customers that may require one. Some customers may want a fitting as it makes the whole process much more special. We also have a very good hat maker who can make matching flat caps. We often like the hat maker to put a water proof lining in the hat as it’s no fun getting soaking wet.
Turnaround time for a Made to Measure garment is approximately 8 weeks (12 weeks if a fitting is required). We have a whole array of different cloth bunches that vary in price, colour, pattern, weight and material. We use mainly English cloth merchants. We also have a good selection of jacket linings to choose from in either plain or patterned. We also offer the service of being able to make garments for customers in their own supplied cloth. We helped a customer recently with a velvet smoking jacket, the customer also supplied some material to make a pair of tartan trews to accompany the jacket.
In terms of what cloths we can offer, there is a very broad spectrum. We like to have a chat with the customer on the phone first to try and establish what it is the customer is looking for. We would then bring a selection of cloths with us to the initial appointment for the customer to have a close look at and feel the texture of.
A lot of people get confused with the expressions “Made to Measure” and “Bespoke”. Bespoke suiting is where a tailor will personally make a garment often by hand which will probably involve several fittings. A typical starting price for a bespoke suit can often be at least a few thousand pounds. The advantage of what we do with Made to Measure is that we can still create a suit of perfect dimensions but for a keener price.
As mentioned earlier, we also take orders for Made to Measure shirts. The benefits of this are similar to a customer who would require a suit, jacket or trouser. A customer may require Made to Measure if they have long or short arms, or a large neck and slim body or vice versa. Customers can have an individual shirt made by choosing the collar shape and types of pockets. Once we have found the perfect shape and fit, we can order more shirts for the customer when required. A nice touch with a Made to Measure shirt is to have the customers initials embroidered on the shirt. This just illustrates the fact that it is something a little more individual and unique.
We are often more than happy to come out and see customers either at their home address or place of work as part of our “Visiting Made to Measure Service”. We do sometimes meet customers at our other shops if that option is preferred. Please feel free to ask for more information and to book an appointment.
Other tailoring services
We also offer fine fitting on readymade suits purchased from our shop. We have the latest equipment and highest skill levels to perform adjustments and provide traditional standards of finish. Most basic adjustments are carried out free of charge
We are located in Newmarket, Suffolk and our Made to Measure Service covers a radius of up to 80 miles. We have been to Kings Lynn, Wymondham, Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Aldeburgh, Framlingham, Saxmundham, Woodbridge, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Colchester, Chelmsford, Southend-on-Sea, Lavenham, Cambridge, Ely and Peterborough. Please check our radius map which shows all the many other areas which we cover. We are also prepared to travel further for an additional charge.
- Fill in our online Enquiry Form or call us on 01638 664682. We will take some details and then have our Tailor call you back.
- The tailor will call at a convenient time for you and the conversation will be trying to establish what you are looking for. You will discuss the types of material, styles, patterns and colours you are considering.
- Our visiting tailor will come to your home or office and bring with him a selection of cloths. You can have a close look at the different fabrics and linings and make a choice. The tailor will outline the style and fit options you like and discuss these with you.
- The order is processed with a company we use who are based in Leeds.
- Production will begin and will take approximately 8 weeks. (12 weeks if you require a fitting half way through).
- We will contact you once the garment is ready.
- The garment should fit perfectly. In the unlikely event that it does not, we will carry out alterations accordingly.
The starting price for a Made to Measure 2 piece suit is £750, rising to £895 for a 3 piece. A typical starting price for a sports jacket is £525. These prices are based on a Men’s standard size. The larger the gentleman, the more cloth is required and hence the price rises. There is an increase in the price of a jacket for a 48” chest or bigger. There would also be similar increases in waistcoats as well as trousers if the size goes up. Our different cloths vary in price according to what they are made with. All of our pattern books are coded so that we can give the customer a clear price there and then.
To make an appointment with our visiting tailor or to just find out more about our Made to Measure Service, simply fill in our online Enquiry Form or call us on 01638 664682. We will take some details and then have our Tailor call you back.
Golding’s tailors have won many National Tailoring Competitions organised by the Tailor and Cutter Guild, including the coveted Gold Medal for the tailoring of Scarlet Hunt Coats and the famous White Breeches on several occasions.
You can fill in our online Booking and Enquiry Form or call us on 01638 664682. We can then move forward with our tailor contacting you for more information and your requirements.
The purpose of the initial phone call will be to try and establish what you are looking for. We will try to narrow down what types of material, style, patterns and colours you are considering.
For your convenience, our visiting tailor will come to your home or office and bring with him a selection of fabrics and linings for you to look at and choose. At this first appointment, you will select the fabric and lining and decide which style or fit you would like the suit made in. Our tailor will be able to give you help, guidance and his opinion based on your build, shape and size.
We mainly use English cloth merchants. We have a wide array of different cloth bunches which vary in price, colour, pattern, weight and material. The choices we have are more than enough to cover any requirement and we have many jacket linings from plain to patterned.
We also offer the service of being able to make garments for customers in their own supplied cloths.
A deposit is required on the day of ordering and the outstanding is to be paid on completion.
The Made to Measure service we offer doesn’t involve any fittings. However we do understand that some customers require a fitting half way through and we can arrange for this. However, by doing so, this will add an extra 4 weeks on to the production process. This will also incur a charge as the garment will need to be carefully sent over to us and then sent back for the work to be completed.
The turn-around time for a Made to Measure garment is approximately 8 weeks. If you would like a fitting half way through this process, please allow for an extra 4 weeks. This is because the garment will need to be carefully sent over to us and then sent back for the work to be completed.
An excellent and professional service by an experienced tailor. Our visiting tailor can advise on fitting and styles to suit your shape and size and the latest fashion trends, and offer his expertise on the different fabrics and materials.
The starting price is £750 for a Made to Measure 2 piece suit and £895 for a 3 piece. A typical starting price for a sports jacket is £525. These prices are for a gentleman of a “standard” size. The larger the gentleman, the more cloth required. These prices are also dependant on the type of cloth and lining used. All our pattern books are coded so we are able to give the customer a clear price there and then.
Each garment is cut and made especially for you to ensure the fit is perfect. The choice of fabric is also suitable for your specific needs. You have the opportunity to design the look of the suit and it will only fit you perfectly as it is based upon your own individual measurements.
Made to Measure suits are much higher quality than off the peg suits and last much longer if you care for them properly.
Our visiting tailor offers excellent advice and expertise when designing your suit. The service is personal and second to none.
A bespoke suit is entirely handmade and requires a minimum of 3 fittings and around 80 hours of manual work. This is a very time consuming and expensive option.
A Made to Measure garment offers a personal tailoring service and usually the suit is made to finish without a fitting half way through. If necessary, any alterations are made afterwards - however, this is very unlikely to happen as the garment should fit perfectly. We understand there may be some customers who require a fitting during the process and this is possible at an extra charge, and it will add an extra 4 weeks on to the production process.
A simple answer is: much longer than an off the peg suit.
It is impossible to say exactly how long though, it all depends on how often you wear it, how long you wear it for, what you wear it for, how often you clean it and how many suits you own. But as a general guide, it would be anything between 3 – 8 years.
Trousers tend to wear out sooner than the jacket as the jacket is normally removed when you sit down for work or for a dinner out, so it might be a good idea to order an extra pair of trousers.
As with any type of clothing, cleaning a suit too often can shorten its life. We advise our customers to use a specialist dry cleaner who have the expertise in dealing with high quality garments and who will clean the garments individually.
Founded in 1856, Samuel Golding started out making boiler suits for the working class. In 1863, Samuel acquired a new premises and for over 100 years, breeches and jackets were exported abroad to every country that had established horse racing. In 1891, Samuel’s sons Herbert and William took over when their father died. The business became a private limited company in 1926 and William’s son, Sidney, joined the company as a cutter and he worked long hours developing and expanding the business. During the war, as expected, business declined. However, our tailoring work attracted business from British and American armed forces. In 1951, Sidney’s son, Peter, joined the business as a tailor in the workshop and then later taking over his father as a cutter. Peter maintained the traditions of tailoring and employed young apprentices to enable them to become qualified tailors. To date, we have had many long serving and talented tailors who trained as apprentices within the company, two of whom are still tailors at Golding. We are proud of our heritage and will continue to offer our tailoring service to customers who appreciate having a garment made on a personal level, and the individuality and quality of it.