When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Nadia Goretti
  • Course Code W22FASA13A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

From Edward VII to James Bond, tailoring is a British tradition that dates back hundreds of years. Master the skills needed to produce beautiful soft 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. Achievement on the course /completion of the garment will depend on existing skills level. It is recommended that students have additional time that they can spend working outside the lesson, due to the labour intensive nature of the specialism. Intermediate level, experience of using patterns and constructing garments required.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • to manage a variety of tailoring materials appropriately
  • to use a variety of professional tailoring techniques
  • to apply proper techniques for setting on a collar
  • to apply proper techniques for setting in a sleeve
  • to create a range of tailored features


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    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.

    Entry requirements

    This is an Intermediate level course. Before you enrol, you should have achieved the following: Confidence in using commercial patters Confidence in Making with some experience in working with interfacings Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English Basic Mathematics and numeracy skills are desirable

    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 – only bottled water is allowed.

    What you need

    • 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 Also:• 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, commercial pattern 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/ for further details. You might want to try one of the following: Clothes Making Intermediate and Advanced, Advanced Sewing Techniques, Victorian Bodices Want to go further? Our HNC/HND, BA (Hons) or Access to Fashion Diploma courses can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk