Of all the things that go towards a great suit, then perhaps the most important is the fit. If you remember one thing about suits, then remember that the fit is king.
In our previous article in this series looked at what a jacket’s canvas actually is, this article will look at when the different types of canvas might be used.
Despite traditional preferences for a full-floating canvas, it is important to remember that this isn’t always best (at Braddon Tailors we prefer a half canvas jacket in our suits, more on this below).
Firstly, a full canvas jacket is probably superior in terms of fit and quality but costs significantly more. A full canvas also makes the jacket heavier and importantly for Australia and the tropics, hotter. In these conditions a full canvassed suit is probably too warm for much of the year, so you’ll either get less wear out of the jacket or be uncomfortable wearing it.
Braddon Tailors jackets are created with a preference for a half-canvas. Jackets with a half-canvas, we believe, have many of the benefits of a full-canvas fit, while also being more appropriate for warmer climates, and also allows an added price benefit. This half-canvas also allows us to create our softer, signature Acton Cut because there is less layering through the jacket. We are also able to construct a full canvas suit for you, where the canvas extends through the entire jacket, if you prefer.
A well crafted fused jacket, or jacket with no canvas can also be great for linen or cotton blazers for that incredibly unstructured spring and summer look; where breathing is a priority. In short, if in doubt we believe you should go a half-canvas; but feel free to arrange an appointment with a Braddon Tailors designer to discuss your particular needs further.
Our next article in the series will look at wool suit fabrics, and those pesky Super numbers.
There are some great suiting options out there, but we understand often it’s very hard to find a garment of quality amongst a – frankly – sea of awful suits and jackets. Wading your way through the hyberbole of marketing and salespeople can be time consuming and confusing.
Not to worry, Braddon Tailors is here!
Over the next few weeks posting a series of articles on the different things you really need to consider when purchasing a new suit, or other made-to-measure garment, irrespective of your budget.
The first article will be looking at floating canvasses, and why they are so important to the cut and drape of your jacket.