A Craft Renaissance
There is a real renaissance underway: young people up and down the country want to learn to make things the proper way again – by hand. To master the bespoke garment making process from beginning to end and to be able to deliver the highest quality is a powerful antidote in an era of relentless consumerism. Increasingly, students are looking to the crafts as a means to building a career that is independent from traditional employment in the fast fashion industry. A solid set of craft skills makes for an excellent foundation to build a future on.
Officially Award Winning
Only a few weeks into teaching the ABC Level 5 Diploma to the first cohort of students, I was astounded and grateful to receive the Textile Society‘s annual Professional Development Award. The honour is in recognition of the fact that the Tailoring Academy is bringing the highest level of bespoke training to the north of England. The news arrived when students were gathered around our workbench, learning how to stitch a canvas for a bespoke coat – only a few weeks into their training – which is equally astounding.
Until recently, the only opportunity to learn the skills that make bespoke tailoring such an iconic craft would have been to become apprenticed by one of the prestigious Savile Row houses. There is, however, only a handful of places available each year – and they come with the high cost of living in the British capital. The Academy is here to open up an alternative route to those who are determined to learn the craft.
When I became accredited to teach the Level 5 qualification, I made clear that, at the Tailoring Academy, we will deliver the entire skill set – BOTH traditional pathways of the bespoke tailoring route – cutter AND tailor. This is because the skill sets are closely interlinked and one can’t really do without the other. Uniquely to the Tailoring Academy, this means students will leave the course with TWO highly acknowledged qualifications.
There is more good news: in recognition of its modern and unique stand-alone approach, the CapitB Trust has agreed to provide grant funding to the Academy’s students. The number of places for the course starting in September is limited to six, to ensure maximum focus on the requirements of each learner. Candidates are required to have previous experience in garment making, equivalent to a Level 3. No formal qualification is needed but applicants need to show evidence of their prior learning. Please get in touch using the contact form below to discuss your individual circumstances.
by Brita Hirsch
|Qualification||ABC Level 5 Diploma in Bespoke Tailoring (601/8252/0)
Cutting AND Tailoring Pathway (two qualifications)
|Assessment||Internal assessment, internal and external moderation|
|Duration||September 2019 to July 2020|
|ABC Sector||Fashion and Textiles|
|Ofqual SSA Sector||4.2 Manufacturing Technologies|
|Stakeholder Support||UKFT and The Savile Row Bespoke Association|
|Training Centre||The Tailoring Academy
Pickford St Mill, 3rd Floor
Macclesfield SK11 6JD
|Unit Title||Unit Number||Credits||GLH|
|Bespoke Garment Production||
|Cutting Practices and Processes for Bespoke Garments||
|Tailoring a Bespoke Garment||