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Introduction to Tailoring

Introduction to Tailoring

London College of Fashion
Taught by
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 with visits to Savile Row and specialised fabric stores, 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
  • Visit to Savile Row workshop
  • 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


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

  • Tailor/fabric scissors
  • Unpickers 
  • Camera 
  • Tailor thimble (to fit your middle finger)

Available dates