Not too long ago, I made contact with Steve from Cut-2-Fit, a UK based men’s underwear, lingerie, and swimwear company that specializes in custom made products. I sent Steve some questions that I though t readers would enjoy perusing. He sent them back and we created a post detailing the production process. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know about this company’s affordable customization of fine men’s underthings.
The conversation led to Steve recommending that I try the products and write about my experience. I agreed and here we are. For the purpose of the post, we agreed to pretend that I had no understanding or knowledge of the process. In order to make sure I didn’t skip any steps, Steve had me start from the beginning. The following is short description of the encounter I had with Steve and Cut-2-Fit.
Step #1: I contacted Steve to tell him I was interested in the process:
I am interested in having a low-rise fit brief custom fit for my body. I am typically an anatomical pouch guy and love slinky fabrics. What can you do to help me get started ordering a pair?
Step #2: Steve replied explaining the next steps and the privacy agreement:
Thank you for your email. For you to decide on what cut and shaping you would like, take a look through our site in the swimwear and underwear sections. You will see the different shaping in the cut off the leg and the depth of the side seam. When filling in the measurement chart, list the styles you would like and colour of trim. This will give me the idea of what cut you are looking for.
For the style and shaping of pouch, we can cut it with a full center front seam. This seam will enhance your profile and give you strong support. We can cut the pouch fabric as a single layer which will give you a lighter feel against your skin and a revealing out line.The other option is to have an inner lining which will not scare your mother if caught in your underwear.
The second option for the pouch is a half center front seam. This type of cut still gives support but a milder and not such a defined profile. This pouch can also be made in a single layer or double. Because of your love of slinky fabrics, my suggestion would be a very fine Lycra.
This fabric has a matte finish on one side with a slight sheen on the opposite side. This gives you a choice of either side showing when wearing (reversible). The 2-way stretch fabric will mold more to your genitals making the brief even more anatomical. This fabric is also very breathable so ideal for underwear or swimwear.
Once you have decided on depth and shaping of the leg and what colour you would like in the low rise brief, I will do a selection of designs and source the colour for you. I’ll then send you an email for you to choose a design and colour.
The next stage is for you to fill in your measurements. Go to www.cut-2-fit.uk. Look on the main menu and you will see a drop down saying measurement chart. If you click on the chart, it will take you to a page showing a sketch of the measurements that you need to send me. If you scroll down this page, there is a highlighted section called measurement chart. Click on this and it will take you to an email form for you to fill in. This will come directly to me.
I have attached a signed Client confidentiality agreement: Your reference number is USA765. Use this code to send any further emails to Cut-2-Fit. This will help keep your privacy.
Step #3: Take the measurements and submit using the secure web form:
Thanks for the information. I submitted the online measurement form and look forward to looking at designs.
I will say that the measurement portion of the process was interesting. The chart says it all. I recommend that you use an actual tailor’s tape take these measurements. If you use a tape measure, you’re going to end up injured. That’s an embarrassing set of stitches if that happens.
I sent the above e-mail and got the following response:
Morning Client USA765,
Thank you for your measurement chart and info. I will send you possible designs and colour choices on Monday. Have a good weekend
Step #4: Choose Your Designs
Hi Client USA765
I hope you had a good weekend! As promised, here is a selection of fabric samples for your Swimwear & Underwear. For the Underwear designs, I left the body section blank. This will give you an idea of the shape. When you look at the print samples, you can visualize how the finished garment will look using the various patterns.
All the printed fabrics I use is produced digitally. The results give greater clarity and depth of colour. The reverse side off the fabric is plain white.
All of your underwear designs have a 1 inch black elastic waistband. The legs are trimmed in a ¼ inch black binding which would work on any printed fabric.
For design 2&3, there are inserts of a black power net just to give a skimpier effect.
For designs 1&3, the leg shaping goes straight into the waistband. This will leave a gap making the design look skimpier.
Design 2 has a continuous leg shape and side measurement of 1 and ¾ inch when finished.
For the swimwear designs, I have added some colour to show you the visual effect. The choice of colour is up to you.
Design 4 is trimmed around the waist and legs in a contrast colour to the body with a side measurement of 1 and 3/4 inches and a ½ inch contrast trim round the leg.
Design 5 has a covered 1 inch waistband in the same colour with a ½ inch contrast trim around the leg and a side measurement of 2 and 1/2 inches.
The pouch is contoured for both Underwear & Swimwear designs and the fabric.
The fine lightweight fabric (80% polyester 20% Lycra) will mold and give a clear outline of you crown jewels. This is fine for underwear, but I must warn you that your Swimwear leaves nothing to the imagination. If you desire, I can line the pouch for you. I would go for one of the fluorescent colours.
Let me know what your choices and we will get started!
Wow. Thanks for the level of detail you have put into these drawings. Exciting. Here are the choices I’ve come up with:
Underwear= Design #2 Color-Black with blue streaks (in stock)
Swimwear=Design #5 Color-Neon Yellow w/ contrast trim (your choice of color because I like surprises)!
Thanks for your assistance!
STEVE’S IMMEDIATE REPLY:
I will start drafting your patterns tomorrow. Without a liner in the pouch of your swimwear, the plain fabric shows a defined outline when wet. Just FYI!
Step #5: Wait to receive the goods:
Here is the tracking code for your parcel: RN125768692GB
It’s an International tracking code and must be signed for on arrival. You can go to www.royalmail.com to track the parcel using the above code.
Have a good weekend!
That’s the process. I found it simple an user friendly. Now to the goods. I received the underwear and swimwear in the mail about 7 days after the package was shipped from the UK. I was shocked at how awesome the look of the designs turned out. Steve not only took the time to do exactly what I asked of him, he followed up to make notes on how he can adjust the design for the next time I order.
Check out the designs below. Keep in mind, I took these photos using a low res camera. I will do another post reviewing each pair so that you can get a good idea of how they fit and decide whether you should try the custom ordered underwear business out. Thanks for reading and at leas go check out Steve’s website: