BTA COMPLIANCE

Bespoke Tailors Alliance (BTA) Compliance

BTA Members should comply with the following

All bespoke garments should be made from an individually cut paper pattern created specifically for the client by the qualified Master Cutter
The qualified Master Cutter should oversee the process of producing the bespoke garment
Provide fittings and adjustments before completing the garment
At least one salaried apprentice should be employed on the premises
Complete a two-piece suit with at least 55 hours of hand work. Including hand canvassing and handmade button holes
Provide the services of a knowledgeable cloth consultant with access to a reliable(appropriate) selection of fabrics suitable for the garment
Offer a premium aftercare service to include pressing, repairs and expert information regarding maintenance of the bespoke garment.
Ensure that the clients full details are kept for future reference
Use only high-quality fabrics and trimmings

Bespoke process

Coats

Inlays allow adjustment to the body seams
Chest and collar canvases are hand padded
Top collar is draw stitched by hand on to the facings
Breast pocket is slanted with hand stitched border
Front pockets have hand top stitching
Vents and front edges are prick stitched by hand
Cuffs have an opening vent with fully functioning hand sewn buttonholes (Surgeons Cuffs)
Sleeves are set in by hand
Armhole linings are eased and hand felled
Coat linings are felled by hand
Buttonholes cut and sewn by hand in silk thread
Silk flower loop behind lapel button hole
Horn buttons sewn on by hand with cross stitch

Trousers

Waistbands allow 3” to 4” for adjustments
Buttonholes cut and sewn by hand in silk thread
Fly is hand stitched
Seat seam is backstitched by hand
Half lined fronts if cloth is coarse
Band lining and back curtains sewn by hand
Hand bar tack at pockets to reinforce

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