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Custom made suit question

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I was recently fitted for a suit by a tailor that a user recommended. I tried the suit on for the first time today and was pleasantly surprised. The construction quality and fit seemed really good. The only "problem" was that the jacket was a bit boxy on the sides, whereas I had asked for something a little more tapered. This particular tailor did not do a mock-up in cheaper fabric before cutting the fabric, a process that would likely have avoided this problem. When I brought the problem to the tailor's attention, he just pinned it and said he would make the alteration and that I could pick the suit up the following Monday. My question is this: does it defeat the purpose to have a custom made suit if the tailor is just going to alter it once the jacket is finished? Is the akin to buying a jacket OTR and having it taken in to make it more tapered/less boxy? Or, since this is my first time having a custom suit made, maybe it is not a big deal and totally to be expected. Thanks for reading.
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I figure he is talking about Richard Lim @ high society as I pointed him there. Then he went to yet another tailor who is the one making him this "mock up".

1) Richard's shop is not MTM.

2) Given that different cloths even those of the same construction will behave differently, it makes little sense to do a mock up/toile/muslin/whatever. A basted fitting is much more helpful, but even in this case it's not possible to get EXACTLY what you want the first time with a tailor. It's just not. To get EXACTLY what you want, you'd have to learn to make patterns and sew and even then you'd probably have a few iterations before you get what you want.
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