When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Nadia Goretti
  • Course Code W21FASA16A

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 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. 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 .For this reason students will work on a half jacket ,but may be able to complete the full jacket depending on the pace of their progress .Intermediate level, experience of using patterns and constructing garments required. Good hand sewing skills not essential but would be an advantage.

By the end of this 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


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • 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.

    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
    •Basic Mathematics and numeracy skills are desirable
    •Have strong hand sewing skills

    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 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, 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: Ready to Wear Tailoring for Men and Women Tailoring Academy ( weekend Courses) Professional Clothes Making Costume Design & 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