Tailoring for Beginners - Creating your own tailored garment - The Jacket

The Gentleman's Wardrobe


Tailoring for Beginners - Creating your own bespoke wardrobe.

Using the patterns from Vanessa Mooncie's The Gentleman's Wardrobe, this ongoing course will teach you how to adapt a menswear pattern to your own measurements and then the techniques to construct and finish your own beautifully tailored garment. The pattern can be adapted to ladies-wear or menswear.

The course begins with the Waistcoat and Trousers. Then you could move on to the Shirt and Jacket and finish, just in time for Christmas, with pyjamas and a dressing gown. There is also a one day men's accessory workshop, where you can make a choice of neckwear.

This course is for beginners to tailoring but an intermediate level of sewing and knowledge of garment construction would be helpful.


The Tailored Wardrobe Part 5 - Jacket

The jacket is lined and features many classic details including a notched collar, two inside pockets and two side back vents. It involves just a small amount of hand sewing as the hems are stitched by machine.

Your tutor for this workshop is Peter Foster who has been a lecturer in textiles, fashion and costume design for over 20 years.

This workshop runs one day a week for four weeks on a Thursday 10.00am - 4.00pm beginning on October 14th and ending on November 4th.

There are 6 places available.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

A copy of the book and all patterns, are included in the cost, along with calico, all pattern making materials and a tweed wool fabric for you to make a toile, or even your jacket with. All you will need to bring is a notebook and an A4 file and envelopes to create your own pattern cutting file which you can use in the future.

If you would like to make the garments in your own choice of fabric, advice will be given during the workshops on the best fabrics and quantities needed to complete the garment.

Tea, coffee and refreshments are also provided, all you need to bring is your lunch.


Paula Cain at Cambria Costume House


2nd Floor, 43-47 High Street

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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