This course is a unique opportunity to understand the world of bespoke tailoring and start practising some skills. A tailoring apprentice can 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 start with a week exploring the bespoke tailoring industry, including a trip to Savile Row. The second and third week will be about making an individually fitted jacket and you will be taken through step-by-step from pattern to finished garment. The course will be taught by expert tutors from our degree programmes.
This course includes:
- What does bespoke mean?
- Equipment – Selection, Use and Care
- Measuring and Fitting
- Examples of Tailoring – Traditional and Contemporary
- Hand sewing techniques
- Pressing - Equipment and Techniques
- Tailoring fabrics and Interlinings
- Anatomy of a jacket – construction and deconstruction
- Tailoring Vocabulary – Pockets, Collars and Sleeves
- Finishing – Buttons/Buttonholes/Linings
- Technology in tailoring
- Trip to Savile Row
“The course was brilliant. Alice and Wataru were a great team who led us through, step by step, the understandably difficult process of making a coat. They are the kind of people you need beside you when you get lost because you know they’ll show you the right way and explain why it’s the right way. Even for a complete novice like me (never used a sewing machine before, never sewn before, only used scissors to make paper chains) they made sense of the intricacies of coat making.” - Michael.
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.
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.
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.
In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:
Pattern Cutting Equipment
- Tracing Wheel
- Map Pins
- Pattern Square (Perspex, either a grading square or a Fashion Curve)
- Pencil (preferable ‘Pentel’ 5mm lead)
- Glue stick
- Tape measure
Garment Manufacturing Equipment
- Basting Cotton (reel)
- Box of Pins
- Chalk (White)
- Hand Sewing Needles, size 3/5 Sharps
- Hand Sewing Needles, size 8 Sharps
- Reel White Sewing Thread
- Reel Black Sewing Thread
- Fabric Shears, 17cm
- Small pair of scissors
- Small screwdriver
- Tailors Thimble (Open Ended) – to fit your middle finger on the hand you hold the needle with
- Small notebook
- A3/A4 Layout Pad
- Masking Tape
All of the above equipment can be purchased from Morplan, 56 Great Titchfield St, W1P 8DX or visit www.morplan.com
The below books are recommended reading during the course, to supplement your studies.
- Aldrich, W. (2004) Metric Pattern Cutting for Menswear. 4th ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science
- Aldrich, W. (2002) Pattern Cutting for Women’s Tailored Jackets: Classic and Contemporary. Oxford: Blackwell Science
- Cabrera, R. (1984) Classic Tailoring Techniques: a construction guide for menswear. New York: Fairchild.