Online Tailoring

From short-term Fix to permanent Fixture

Designed originally to fill a gap during the pandemic, our year-long, weekly online class proved to be hugely popular with participants around the globe. Whilst not able to travel over the last two years, our online students learned and practiced their new skills from home, all the time supported by our dedicated team of tutors. Some took the opportunity to prepare for our full-time Level 5 Diploma course. Here is Catherine Grebstad, from Norway, on her experience:

‘This is an amazing opportunity and I am so pleased to be a participant. The standard of the course is so much more than I could ever have anticipated. The level of detail and information is outstanding, both teachers are talented and dedicated in their delivery of the course making sure that we understand each and every step’.

Building on its success we are so excited to announce the continuation of the programme in 2022/23! Once again, we teach the individual pattern draft, the cutting and the tailoring of the classic bespoke jacket to those who want to make a start on their tailoring journey. Not holding back with the secrets of the trade, we deliver time-tested tricks you won’t find in any book. And uniquely, the curriculum covers both, the male and female figure types. Of course it does.

Starting 16th September 2022 and running through to 14th July the following year, the course offers 34 weeks of step-by-step lessons. We guide you through the entire bespoke process, in manageable units. Each  week sees three hours of live tuition in modular form, with the option of interaction with the tutors. An exclusive chat channel is open for Q & A’s between sessions. Each episode is available for download, to help you catch up should you miss a class.

Sessions will take place Friday 2 to 5pm GMT (+1) in parallel to our Level 5 Diploma course. Although the online experience can’t fully replace learning full-time in the workshop, students learn all the fundamentals of the bespoke jacking making process. The course will serve those who consider applying for the full qualification as a preparatory year and applications from our online participants will be prioritised for admission to our 2023/24 cohort.

This class is suitable for participants with intermediate experience in garment making. You don’t require previous experience in pattern construction as we guide you through the process step-by-step at the beginning of the class.

The course fee is £1,795 and includes our exclusive literature guiding you through the drafting process, as well as a variety of written tutorials. The pattern construction system is repeatable and will serve as a true bespoke tool that you can use over and over again. Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first serve basis to suitable candidates. To apply, please download and complete our booking form. Payment is due upon confirmation of your place.

IMPORTANT: please note this class is suitable only for figure types with a greater chest than waist measurement.
Belly figures require a different pattern draft, which we may teach in a separate class at another time.
Please
get in touch if in doubt – we are happy to advise you.

The full 34-week programme (modules are subject to minor change):

Week

Date Module

1

Sep 16 Pattern Draft

2

Sep 23 Pattern Draft

3

Sep 30 Cloth preparation & marking & cutting the cloth

4

Oct 7 Design, cut and baste assembly of the canvas

5

Oct 14 Assembly and shaping of the canvas

6

Oct 21 Join canvas to fronts

7

Nov 11 Assembly of the back

8

Nov 18 Assembly of the sleeves

9

Nov 25 Cut, assembly and shaping of the collar

10

Dec 2 Join all parts for 1st fitting

11

Dec 09 1st (baste) fitting

13

Dec 16 Rip down and mark adjustments

14

Jan 13 Implement adjustments part I

15

Jan 20 Implement adjustments part II

16

Jan 27 Pocket making part I

17

Feb 3 Pocket making part II

18

Feb 10 Design, cut and assembly of facing and front lining, back lining

19

Feb 17 Pocket making part III

18

Mar 3 Face and line fronts

19

Mar 10 Line backs and join side seams

20

Mar 17 Join shoulder seams, add shoulder pads

21

Mar 24 Set under collar into neck hole

22

Mar 31 Line and finish sleeves

23

Apr 7 Set sleeves

24

Apr 28 2nd (forward) fitting

26

May 5 Implement final adjustments part I

27

May 12 Implement final adjustments part II

28

May 19 Design, cut and assemble upper collar, shape with iron

29

Jun 9 Join upper to under collar

30

Jun 16 Assemble sleeves in final position

31

Jun 23 Hand finish inside and out

32

Jun 31 Finishing touches

33

Jul 7 Hand button holes

34

Jul 14 Final press and buttons