The second fitting usually helps to give a much better feel for what the finished product might look like, with some of the baste stitches removed, facings on the lapels added and the fit refined a little more from the first fitting.
For this second fitting, it was a case of many small changes needing to be made to be ready for the next fitting, rather than, say, 2 or 3 adjustments. It’s not uncommon for this to be the case, particularly when working with a tailor for the first time. Through the fittings, the changes are all noted on the clients paper pattern, so that future commissions can be made more accurately from the outset. I would have liked to see fewer changes required, in this instance, but the changes which were made had partly resolved the issues from the first fitting, thought not completely and had also created additional new issues with the fit which weren’t present in the first place.
Looking at the images and with their accompanying explanations, you’ll hopefully see where changes are made to achieve a better fit through several areas of a suit. Even for off the rack suit purchases, a good eye for where the fit is off the mark helps in identifying what might need to change to have a jacket fit smoothly through the shoulders or for trousers to break cleanly over your shoes and so on.
Once all of these changes are made, the third fitting should hopefully see only a few additional changes needing to be made, if any, before the suit is ready to be finished. Although at this point it seems as if there are still several issues which have to be rectified. If there is still much work required by the next fitting, something will have gone wrong in the fitting process.