When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor To be confirmed
  • Course Code W21FASA17A

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 helpful if students have additional time that they can spend working on their garment 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. Benefit from regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment. Gain support and and answers to questions via one to one tutor and peer support 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
    • Mathematics and numeracy skills are desirable but not essential

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Students are expected to comply with physical distancing guidance. The studio has been adapted to be a Covid safe working environment with a maximum of 7 learners. Students are asked to wash their hands before and after using shared equipment. (Please bring a small hand towel) You may wish to also bring gloves & hand Sanitizer. We strongly advise that you bring and wear a face covering. Health & Safety information will be given to you at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary. You may be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow college procedures as advised.• This is a mixed level class. You need to be willing to work together with others at different levels. Advanced students will be expected to work more independently. ,
    • 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 lift access. ,
    • Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – bottled water is allowed. NB: To get the best from this course you will need to spend time working on your garment outside the lessons.

    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, white cotton thread.
    • paper scissors
    • notepad, pens, pencils, sharpener and eraser Also: a list of tailoring materials to buy will be provided well before the first day of the course along with a supplier list
    • all students must purchase their own suiting fabric, lining, haberdashery, threads, etc. This will be discussed during the first session. Note; To get the best from this course you will need to spend time working on your garment outside the lessons. Working on patterns, cutting fabric and fitting can involve using a large table space/area.

    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. 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