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Mastering Tailoring

Mastering Tailoring

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Emily Self


This comprehensive tailoring course focusses specifically on coat making, offering you the unique opportunity to build tailoring skills. The Coat (a term that covers all tailored, sleeved garments) is considered to be the most complex part of the classic 3 piece suit, and an apprenticeship to specialise in this area would usually take five years to complete.

The Mastering Tailoring course offers you the unique opportunity to study and put into practice all elements required to complete such a garment with a Savile Row trained coatmaker. This course is technical and will break down all of the individual elements involved in the process of making a traditional tailored coat - from start to finish. 

The course includes:

  • Bespoke tailoring techniques
  • Trade terminology
  • Hand sewing skills
  • Using industrial sewing machines
  • Understanding different types of cloth and how to handle them

The course will start with an introduction to handcraft tailoring and a general overview of the trade. You will then be introduced to the various different hand stitches and hand sewing techniques involved in bespoke tailoring. You will then, through a series of practical demonstrations and hands-on workshops, work your way through the many different elements involved in a hand made coat from how to prep a job to pocket making, canvassing and through to finishing a sleeve.

You will build up a comprehensive set of personal notes and samples running alongside the production of a finished coat.


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

If you have already taken our ‘Introduction to Tailoring’ or ‘Tailoring’ short courses there will be some cross over in course content in the first few weeks of the course. Therefore, we will deduct £250 from the cost of this course. Please call the short course office in order to apply your discount (please have dates of previous bookings to hand).

You may also be interested in other courses from our Mastering programme.

This course is for students aged 18 and older.

Please note:

Due to the length of this course International Students who hold a passport from a country that is outside the EEA or Switzerland must already have immigration permission to stay in the UK which covers the full length of the course and has no restrictions on studying. 


Payment plans are available. Please contact the London College of Fashion Short Course office 020 7514 7552 or email to find out more.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

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.


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