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Suitable for Adult (19+)
Level 1
Mode of study Part Time Day
Duration 18 weeks
Subject area Fashion & Tailoring
  • 05 Sep 2022
  • East Ham Campus

This course is designed for those who are beginners in tailoring and for learners who have fashion skills and wish to extend their making skills and learn tailoring skills for purposes of working as a tailor or use tailoring and making skills in the fashion industry or costume sector. Most learners take the second 18 week course' Introductory Extended Certificate in Bespoke Tailoring' to develop a comprehensive set of skills.

If you are interested in developing your abilities towards a career in high-quality tailoring then this course is for you. The course will also be suitable if you are interested in other careers in garment production. There is a high demand for people with expert tailoring skills, and good career prospects in tailoring, costume and garment production.

Course description

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. This course starts you on your journey to learning and developing tailoring skills alongside garment construction and pattern cutting. To learn bespoke tailoring it is necessary to learn basic tailoring first and the technical and practical skills involved in the hand production of tailored garments.

The course is designed to prepare you for a following course starting in February within which you develop bespoke tailoring skills at a more in-depth level, whilst continuing to develop construction and pattern cutting skills further.

You will learn hand sewing skills, workshop practice, using sewing equipment, body measurements, bespoke patterns, block construction, canvases and bastes, pockets and other details, garment construction, 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.

Additional information

Entry requirements

You do not need to have previous experience but to have an interest in making garments and learning skills and techniques in tailoring.


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.

Fees and funding

The course fee is £362 (plus exam fee £75).

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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