Tailoring For Men & Women – Morley College – 11 Weeks On Campus

Duration: 11 Weeks

Price: £290

Run by: Morley College London

020 7450 1889

61 Westminster Bridge Road
Greater London

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About the Course

From Edward VII to James Bond, tailoring is a British tradition that dates back hundreds of years. Master the skills needed to produce beautifully tailored jackets for men and women.

You will be able to build on your existing abilities in producing garments as you develop a deeper understanding of the cut and finish of a jacket. Acquire a wide range of tailoring techniques and learn how to work with specialist materials and canvases in creating the quintessential British garment .

By the end of the course you will be able to:
• to manage a variety of tailoring materials appropriately including tailorÆs canvas, chest canvas, undercollar canvas and silesia
to use a variety of professional tailoring techniques, including tailorÆs tacks, pad stitching and basting
• to apply proper techniques for setting on a collar, including padstitching, collar canvas and undercollar melton
• to apply proper techniques for setting in a sleeve, including working with shoulder pads and sleeve heads
• to create a range of features including jetted pockets and welt pockets

This is an Intermediate level course.

Before you enrol, you should have achieved the following:
• Draft a simple pattern for a skirt, bodice or trouser using a standard size block
• Use a variety of pattern manipulation techniques
• Adjust patterns using basic methods
• Use pattern lays, balance marks, grainline and selvedge
• Use sewing machinery accurately
• Have constructed at least 3 garments to a good standard, including 1 top
• Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English
• Mathematics and numeracy skills are desirable but not essential

What you need to know before you enrol
• Working on patterns, cutting fabric and fitting can involve standing at high tables. Please let your tutor know if this is difficult for you.
• Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.
• The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building and there is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.
• Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – no liquids at all are allowed.

What you will need for your class:
• a basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, trimming scissors, dressmaker’s pins, tape measure, hand sewing needles, tracing wheel, unpicker, thimble, tailor’s chalk
• paper scissors
• notepad, pens, pencils, sharpener and eraser

• a list of tailoring materials to buy will be provided on the first day of the course
• all students must purchase their own suiting fabric, haberdashery, threads, etc. This will be discussed during the first session.
• paper and card are available for use in the classroom
• you will need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course

What you can do next:
You may want to enrol again to further develop and expand your skills. We also run a variety of specialist courses in tailoring and garment construction.

You might want to try one of the following:
• Tailoring for Men and Women
• Tailoring Masterclass 3: Sleeves and Shoulder Pads
• Professional Clothes Making
• Period Corsetry of the 19th Century: Victorian and Edwardian

Follow the link to Morley College for details of:
• Course times
• Concession & Senior fees where available
• Enrolment

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

New students will study basic tailoring techniques by producing a jacket sample. Returning students can negotiate their projects with the tutor depending on their previous experience. Teaching is both to the whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, hand-outs and other technical support material where appropriate.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

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