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Introduction to Tailoring

Introduction to Tailoring

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Alice Osanai, Emily Self


This exciting course is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of bespoke tailoring. A tailoring apprentice will take 7 years to perfect their craft, so perhaps you want to have a taste before you commit, or just understand more about this complex and secret industry?

The course will combine some practical making exercises and will be taught by expert tutors from our degree programmes. 

This course includes:

  • What does bespoke mean?
  • Examples of tailoring – traditional and contemporary 
  • Hand sewing techniques
  • Measuring and fitting
  • Tailoring vocabulary
  • Tailoring fabrics
  • Anatomy of a jacket – construction and deconstruction
  • Technology in tailoring


Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.

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

Alice Osanai graduated from Wimbledon School of Art with a BA in Costume Design. Following this she completed the Savile Row pre-apprenticeship program at Newham College in East London. In 2007 she apprenticed at Kilgour on Savile Row. During several years of intensive training, she learnt all the traditional hand sewing, pressing and tailoring techniques that go into crafting a Savile Row jacket and overcoat. Alice continues to work as a freelance coat maker for several Savile Row companies. For the past 10 years she has been working for firms including Gieves & Hawkes, Alexander McQueen, Huntsman, and Richard Anderson. Her experience ranges from teaching interns and apprentices, to producing bespoke jackets for film and fashion week. 

Emily Self began her tailoring career on the tailoring programme based at Newham College in East London. While there she frequently visited and eventually ended up working with a country and military tailors, F. A Stone & Sons, Norfolk. She later moved on to study with LCF on the bespoke tailoring BA, completing her degree in 2012. Whilst at LCF she worked with what was Haywards tailors, Mayfair. There she met Ritchie Charlton (bespoke tailoring- Alexander McQueen) and Campbell Carey (head cutter- Huntsman). This led her to work on the McQueen runway and work with couturiers Roland Mouret. She worked freelance on many interesting projects including with costume designer Lewis Westing on his pieces for the Globe Theatre. Also, small independent menswear business De Rien; before completing a formal ‘tailor & merchant guilds’ apprenticeship in coat-making. This was completed whilst working for Richard Anderson, Savile Row. The apprenticeship was a traditional and intensive training in the art and craft of bespoke tailoring. Emily continues to work as a professional coat maker for Richard Anderson, whilst also teaching part time on the BA Hons tailoring course and teaching short courses at LCF.


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

  • Tailor/fabric scissors
  • Unpickers 
  • Camera 
  • Tailors Thimble (Open Ended) – to fit your middle finger on the hand you hold the needle with

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