craftsmanship

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With our experienced team of tailors and seamstresses specialising in bespoke tweeds, we hand-cut and hand tailor all of our clothing in-house at Campbells of Beauly, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained at every stage. Tweed outlives a suit's linings and occasionally its owner....with care, and good craftmanship a suit can last forever.

Campbell’s make all our bespoke garments by hand in our own workshop on-site. Every order that we take is individually measured to the client, one of the very few tailors in Scotland offering this bespoke process and service bespoke.
Campbell’s specialise in sporting suits, and have a rich history in tailoring the tweeds for many estates keepers and ghillie’s. A traditional shooting suit comprises of a jacket, waistcoat, plus fours and a cap.

Fabric
Selecting the fabric is the first step in creating your own bespoke suit. Campbell’s are tweed mercers, and therefore we have a large amount of fabric in store to consider for selection. If our customers cannot find a pattern that suits their specific tastes, then we have many bunches from various fabric merchants to consider. We carefully select the best mills to work with to ensure our quality standard is maintained.

Measuring
As opposed to a made to measure service, Campbell’s bespoke garments require all measures of our customers to be taken, thus ensuring a fully individual suit taking into account every characteristic. The Campbell’s shooting suit cut is more roomy than a city suit, thus ensuring the freedom and movement required for a day on the hill. However, when making orders for non sporting purposes, our cut is altered appropriately to offer a slimmer silhouette.

Style selection
Campbell’s will take into account our customers specific styling requirements for their tailoring order. Our team will be on hand to give advice and direction on the many variations to consider.

Fitting
As befits the bespoke process, our tailoring orders will require a fitting to ensure that during the tailoring process, the garment is fitted onto the customer before completion to ensure any amendments are made along the way. When the first fitting takes place, we fit what is called a “baste”, and often additional measuring, chalking and pinning are required to ensure the desired silhouette. One fitting is common, but on occasion two can be required. This ensures that the tailoring team make sure that every aspect of the jacket is made to how the customer requires.

What is a baste? In sewing, to tack or baste is to make quick, temporary stitching intended to be removed. It is used to temporarily hold a seam or trim in place until it can be permanently sewn. A baste fitting ensures that amendments to the garment can be made more smoothly saving a lot of hand-sewing time that might need amending.

A suit can take up to three months to complete, a jacket along requiring 50 different pieces of fabric. As Tom Owen our head tailor says ‘you’re really sculpting the cloth to the shape of the person’.