The 2021 Summer School

Are you looking to learn how to hand tailor a bespoke jacket from A to Z (that is to say including the drafting of the cutting pattern)? We have put together a summer school do deliver this entire programme to a small group of students who already have some garment making experience.

The course will take place in-person at our dedicated workshop in Macclesfield, available exclusively to participants at the time. The number of students is limited to four only, to allow us to fully focus on each student individually. The studio provides ample light, safe space as well as individual tool kits that will be made available to each student. Each participant will have the exclusive use of a state-of-the-art industrial sewing machine (induction provided).

Course Dates, Training Times & Fee

Monday 19th July to Friday 13th August, 10am to 5pm, with an hour lunch break in between
(120 total hours) =  £1,795 incl VAT
The schedule allows for ample time to learn, to ask questions and to receive answers that make sense. We strive to create a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the outside world – a time to forget about being efficient, for once.


Under the guidance of an experienced tutor, you learn to draft, cut and tailor a fully bespoke jacket to individual measurements.

You will…

  • construct a cutting pattern for yourself or your chosen model from scratch
  • cut and mark the cloth
  • cut and assemble the canvass, including pad stitching
  • learn to join the canvass to the cloth, shape and press
  • assemble the garment ready for the first (baste) fitting
  • fit and ‘rip down’ the jacket for adjustments
  • make pockets, face and line the jacket
  • re-assemble for second (forward) fitting and final adjustments
  • hand finish and press
  • make hand button holes


Tailoring trimmings, including body canvas, horse hair and collar melton are included in the fee. Drafting literature is also included for your future reference. Outer fabrics, linings, closures (buttons) and decorative threads (button hole silk) must be purchased by students prior to the course. We are happy to advise on suitable materials and sources during the preparation day.

Please get in touch to learn more – we are here to answer your questions!