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Bespoke means hand crafted and individually made. Bespoke tailoring involves the personal attention of a cutter who measures the customer, creates and cuts a pattern, and directly supervises the making and fitting of the garment. You will learn about basic tailoring, and the technical and practical skills involved in the hand production tailored garments. You will pay visits to Savile Row to see how the industry works, and some sessions are delivered by Savile Row tailors as master classes.
English, maths and IT are an integral part of the course, as well as the study of; hand sewing skills, workshop practice, using sewing equipment, body measurements, bespoke patterns, block construction, canvases and bastes, pockets and other details, making up and alterations, and finishing techniques.
You will learn in a variety of ways - through talks and demonstrations, by completing practical tasks and exercises, and by presentation and evaluation of your work. The course is based at East Ham Campus (five minutes from East Ham tube) in modern, well-equipped garment production and pattern cutting workshops. You will take part in an induction at the beginning of the course.
To work in high end tailoring you should apply to the Bespoke Tailoring Diploma level 2 course that will start in September.
Alternatively, you may choose to progress to study other specialist garment production or design courses available at Newham and elsewhere - a wide range of alternative progression courses are available.
The Home fee is £700 (Plus £125 Exam Fee).
The information which describes this course was accurate at the time of publication. Newham College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or cancel any part of the programmes, locations, facilities and costs at any time.
You need some previous experience and evidence of interest in making garments, and you are expected to demonstrate commitment to working in bespoke tailoring. Reliability, punctuality and 100% attendance are expected on the course, just as they are when working in a bespoke tailoring company.
You must visit the course or attend a course open day to confirm this is the right course for you.