Custom Shirt Making

Welcome to our brand new custom shirt making class: staying true to our ‘no shortcuts’ ways, we will teach a small group of students the art of making classic shirts entirely to customer specification. From measurement taking to finishing touches, this is your chance to learn to be your very own shirt maker!

We start by guiding you step-by-step through the draft of your bespoke cutting pattern*, followed by lay planning, the cutting of the fabric, classic sewing and pressing techniques and, finally, hand-finishing to the highest standard. We also include a ‘class-within-the-class’, teaching participants the stitching of the famous hand button holes – a hallmark of only the best custom made shirts available on the market.

Learning also to use different machine seam techniques, including the French seam, you will leave with your fully bespoke shirt. Better still, you have acquired the complete skill set to make all your shirts, at a professional level, in the future. The drafting system is repeatable with any set of measurements.

The class takes place from 6th to 10th of June 2022 at our state-of-the-art workshop in Macclesfield. Class size is limited to six and admission is on a first come first serve basis. Each student has the exclusive use of a workbench. Industrial sewing and pressing machinery can be accessed following induction under the guidance of two experienced tutors.

Our premises are equipped with a powerful air filtration system to keep staff and students safe from pathogens, pollutants and other contaminants. Please be aware that we require participants to be fully vaccinated against SARS-COV-2.

The course fee is £450 for the week and includes:

  • Written step-by-step pattern draft instructions for your future reference.
  • Prime quality, white Oxford cotton shirting.
  • Real button hole silk.
  • Real mother of pearl buttons.
  • All interlinings and sewing threads.

Required for participation is a good level of previous experience in garment making, best described as ‘equivalent to a Level 2’. Please get in touch directly to discuss your previous experience if in doubt, using the contact form below.

*Participants who have previously completed one of our Online Shirt Pattern Cutting classes can choose to join the course on the second day, at a discounted fee of £360.

To secure your place, please complete our application form and send it to brita@tailoringacademy.co.uk – thank you!