Bespoke trousers are expensive, that is to say £700 ($1,100) and more in England and €700 ($1,000) or more in Naples including standard cloth like flannel and cotton drill. But most men can achieve the majority of the benefit of bespoke odd trousers at a fraction of the price, for trousers are simpler to tailor than jackets and lend themselves to sewing machine sewing. Now I am not familiar with made to measure tailors save the one I use for my clients, but I do know that a diligent search should yield trousers that cost as little as $200 plus cloth, or $300-$400 all in. If you decide to look, start with the Hong Kong boys.
Which leads us to the principal benefit of having one's trousers made, and Mr. Fellows has provided a hint in his illustration. Notice how crisp and straight the trousers fall? For pents, as my genius trousemaker friend Salvatore Ambrosi was calling them for a while, are all about line. As in straight lines.
Which leads us to the point of this essay about trouser cloth. As I wrote in November (Wear Heavier Trousers), trousers drape better when they are as heavy as possible. And that is something that is rarely practical unless a man is choosing his own cloth weights. This essay intends to remind you dear reader that Huddersfield Fine Worsteds, Holland & Sherry and Scabal among others sell world class cloth directly to the public.
What's more, each of these merchants offers to some extent heavy (15-17 ounce/450-510 gram) flannels, heavy Irish linen (14 ounce.420 grams), proper (16-21 ounce/480-620 gram) moleskins, cotton drills and cords and breathable high twist cloth for warm weather. That selection lends itself to trousers that are two to six ounces heavier than ready to wear, hang straighter and look considerably more elegant with or without a jacket.
Made to measure trousers are not as critical as made to measure shirts in the wardrobes of men who care about clothing, but they are an important step that should be considered as soon as they are practical. Have your trousers made.