We are delighted to publish our tour and workshop schedule for 2018. The 3 flexible modules may be booked separately, or as a block of 2 or 3 modules.
The places are limited and we are currently half booked on most modules.
To book a place, please contact us. To reserve your place you will need to make a deposit of at least 1/3 of the costs of your course modules.
Tuesday 8th May – Saturday 12th May 2018
An Introduction to tailoring
Module Week 1 / 5 day course
This module is our Couture Tailoring course and encompasses all the techniques as covered in our publication “Vintage Couture Tailoring” which many sewers are familiar with.
The style of tailoring you will be exploring is technically a slightly more relaxed ladies version of traditional Gents tailoring, as practised by the best tailors in the world. You will be learning the fundamental elements of tailoring, which include employing loose interfacings in the construction, as opposed to fusibles.
You will learn to appreciate the benefits of using different types of canvas to include hair and linen, as well as utilising stays and padding. A rarely taught subject, this course also covers ironwork, which is shaping fabric panels by stretching and shrinking the cloth to fit it to individual physiques.
Over the 5 days you will be building a half jacket made from English flannel from scratch, starting with tailor tacking through to applying embroidered buttonholes and hand felling lining in at the end. The finished piece will be an invaluable reference tool to all your future tailoring.
Marking the garment, ironworking, preparation of the inner canvas construction, closing dart and side seam, mounting shell fabric and canvas together, pad stitching of the lapels, finishing the outer edge and break line with stays.
Application of a double jetted pocket, closing the back seams, interfacing the hem
Making and applying a traditional padded tailored collar, finishing facings and gorge seam
Making and inserting a properly tailored 2 piece sleeve, using the appropriate interfacings
Making and fitting of lining, application of handmade buttonhole
This module is suitable for anybody who has previous sewing experience and who is proficient in hand and machine sewing.
It is most beneficial to students who have had some previous experience in dressmaking and soft tailoring to include the techniques of making a Chanel style jacket. It is not recommended to sewing beginners.
Since the course might be found challenging to some sewers with more limited experience, it has been extended by a day to our normal timescale to allow ample time to explore tailoring at a slightly more leisurely pace.
This module is taught at Thomas’ beautiful atelier from 10 am to 5 pm with an hour for lunch.
The price is £950 and includes all high quality fabrics, notions and professional materials as needed for the project. The student number is limited to 5, subject to confirmation.
Students who complete this module may go straight to module 3 to apply the techniques they have learned to their very own tailoring project, or they may wish to include the educational module 2 of week 2.