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Couture Tailoring

Couture Tailoring

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Thomas Von Nordheim


This couture tailoring course focuses on the specialist hand-stitching skills for constructing a tailored woman's jacket. You'll learn the step-by-step stages of tailoring a couture jacket using appropriate materials, and complete a half jacket, as well as building an extensive reference file of notes and illustrations covering:

  • Hand canvassing/padding.
  • Inserting a jetted pocket.
  • Applying the facing.
  • Constructing under and top collar.
  • Constructing a shoulder and inserting a sleeve.
  • Hand-stitched lining.
  • Traditional couture tailored buttonhole.

To get the most out of the course, you'll need advanced sewing skills and be expected to do some of the work in your own time.

"Another thing I really liked about the course was that you are learning within a small group, there are enough people to talk to and get ideas and share the learning. Whereas other courses that I found were one to one and felt that was too intense."

- Francoise, Couture Tailoring student.

"I’ve never been trained in this detail before. So everything that I’ve learned is completely new and will definitely help my work going forward."

- Grace, Couture Tailoring student.


Advanced (to the level of 'Professional sewing techniques')

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Thomas von Nordheim is a bespoke tailor by profession and has published a book on the craft to great acclaim. He also studied millinery with theatrical hatter Jane Smith and Marie O'Regan, milliner by appointment to H.M. The Queen. His business offers hats and couture clothes for private clients and he makes costumes for International opera, theatre and film productions. He has been a tutor at London College of Fashion since 2004.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Pencil, eraser and sharpener
  • Fabric shears
  • Small sharp pointed scissors
  • Fine steel pins
  • Metric tape measure
  • Tailors chalk
  • Metal thimble with open top
  • Sharps needles No.9 long and No.9 betweens
  • Fine ballpoint pen
  • Hand sewing gauge
  • Large set square
  • Hand sewing needles
  • Paper scissors

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