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London College of Fashion
Taught by
Emily Self


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 visits to Savile Row and specialised fabric stores. 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
  • Visit to Savile Row workshop
  • 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:

Pattern Cutting Equipment

  • Tracing Wheel
  • Eraser
  • Map Pins
  • Pattern Square (Perspex, either a grading square or a Fashion Curve)
  • Pencil (preferable ‘Pentel’ 5mm lead)
  • Scissors
  • 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
  • Tailor’s thimble
  • Camera
  • 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

Recommended Reading

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.

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