First, you need to select fabric.
Fabric Selection Outside of the Los Angeles, CA AreaStyle
I can send swatches of fabric to you. Please e-mail your favorite color(s) and postal address. Or, if you know where to buy suiting in your area, you may buy the fabric and ship it to me. Are you planning a trip to southern California? If you'd like to shop the Los Angeles garment district, please refer to my list of merchant names and addresses.
Fabric Selection Within the Los Angeles, CA Area
I can meet with you and show you swatches of fabric. Please e-mail your favorite color(s). Or, if you know where to buy suiting in your area, you may buy the fabric and bring it to me. Please send an e-mail message for meeting arrangements. If you'd like to shop the Los Angeles garment district, please refer to my list of merchant names and addresses.
A minimum of 3 yards of fabric is required for trousers - for an average sized person. If you're taller than 6' - you'll need 3 1/2 yards of fabric. Oxford trousers and zoot trousers require the same amount of fabric. A minimum of 3 yards of fabric is required for the coat - for an average sized person. If you're taller than 6' - you'll need 3 1/2 yards of fabric. Oxford coats and zoot coats require the same amount of fabric. PLEASE DON'T LET FABRIC MERCHANTS SELL YOU LESS THAN MY REQUIREMENTS! Many merchants think that they are doing you a favor by advising you that you only need 1 1/2 yards of fabric for a pair of trousers, but they don't understand the style of trousers that you are ordering.
The coats need to be lined. During the 1940s, the lining was as important as the fabric that the coat was made from. The gentlemen who were wearing the zoot suits would position themselves so that they were standing with their hands at their hips and holding their jackets open so the lining would show. The lining was chosen very carefully. It contrasted with the color of the coat and was very bright and "showy". Coats require approximately 4 yards of lining. If you choose a light weight suiting, the trousers may need lining. That can be determined once you've selected the fabric.
Variations of the fashions represented on my web page are great for very unique garments. I enjoy working with clients who want to do something different! Please e-mail me with your ideas. Please refer to the "style and characteristics" section of the web site for choices on customizing your garment.Measurements
Outside of the Los Angeles , CA AreaDeposit
If you don't know your measurements, please refer to the "measurements" section of this web page.
Within the Los Angeles, CA Area
If you don't know your measurements, I'm happy to take measurements for you. When I have the opportunity to work with people in person, I appreciate having the capability of measuring a pair of your finished trousers. So, please bring a pair of trousers you feel fit you well. I will measure those trousers and then have you try them on, so I can determine how you wear your trousers. Please contact me for an appointment. E-mail your telephone number to me with the best time to reach you and I'll contact you.
Trousers: A deposit of $55 plus the cost of fabric- if I'm buying the fabric. Deposits are payable in cash or money order. Suits: A deposit of $260 plus the cost of fabric - if I'm buying the fabric. Deposits are payable in cash or money order. Please send an e-mail message for the address to send a deposit. When you mail the deposit, you must include the measurements worksheet and the characteristics worksheet. Please refer to the "measurements" section of the web site and the "style and characteristics" section of the web site. You may also e-mail the worksheets to me. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trousers: Production usually takes between 2 to 3 weeks. Suits: Production usually takes between 3 to 4 weeks. Please let me know if you have a special occasion you're planning for. I work best with six months to a year advance notice on custom-created designs.
Balance is due upon completion of the garment. I must have a money order or cash for the garment to be shipped. Trousers and Suits: Balance due plus the shipping charges.
Trousers: Approximately $10 Suit: Approximately $20 SHIPPING CHARGES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Once the fabric has been measured and cut, there is no refund. So please, make your choices wisely.