Tailoring for Men and Women

When and Where

9 May 2019 - 11 Jul 2019 (45 hours, 9 weeks)
Days and times
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Morley College London


Full fee
£436 Staged Payments available
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Jay Francois-Campbell
Course code

What you will learn

Learn to make beautifully tailored Ready to Wear jackets and coats using a mix of machine and handcraft techniques for the high end market. Break the mould of traditionalist tailoring and use the techniques to create something directional through pattern cutting, machine construction and handcraft. Bring your own design or work from an existing design image of your choice. Achievement on the course will depend on existing skills level. It is essential students have additional time that they can spend working on their garment outside the lesson, due to the labour intensive nature of the specialism. Intermediate level, experience of using patterns and constructing garments required. Basic hand sewing skills essential.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • to manage a variety of tailoring materials appropriately including tailor canvas, chest canvas, undercollar canvas and silesia
  • to use a variety of professional tailoring techniques, including tailor 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

Class format and activities

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.

Entry requirements

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. Please consult the course guide or http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/departments/fashion for further details.
You might want to try one of the following:
Tailoring for Men and Women
Tailoring Masterclass 1: Surface and Structure
Tailoring Masterclass 2: Setting a Collar
Tailoring Masterclass 3: Sleeves and Shoulder Pads
Professional Clothes Making

Want to go further? Our Access to Fashion Diploma course can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/1296-access-to-fashion/1863