I’ve enrolled on the tailoring course at Morley College. I was excited and nervous to be starting on this.
I’ve been thinking about doing a sewing course for a while. I considered a pattern cutting class, but I think my interest lies more in garment construction rather than in design.
I want to improve my sewing and learn new techniques.
For the class we will be making a sample jacket. The course will be teaching us higher end English tailoring. Traditionally jackets have two back vents, as opposed to French or American tailoring, which consists of one back vent. I didn’t know this before.
There was some discussion about wearing a jacket and horse-riding. It really makes you aware how much history there is in tailoring, as well as the contrast between tailors and the people they made garments for.
The first class consisted of an induction - introducing the course, health and safety and a quick orientation tour.
There was a demonstration by the tutor of laying out the jacket front piece, cutting and tailor’s tacks. The tailor’s tacks were done without a loop. I normally do mine with a loop. So, that was different.
The course is demanding and we’ll need to work on elements between the classes too.
I’ve been sourcing materials. We had to get some light weight melton or wool flannel fabric. I got some worsted woollen flannel (Classic Textiles, Goldhawk Road). I also got basting thread, between hand sewing needles, sew-all polyester thread. I haven’t been able to find a tailor’s thimble (open at the top) to fit me - they’re all too big.
We will also have a pack of all the tailoring materials, which we’ll buy from the tutor. I’m glad about this, as all the new materials are quite intimidating, if you don’t know what you’re buying.
I’ll think about lining fabric later, as there’s some way to go yet.
There are some course notes on jetted pockets which I’ve been reading in preparation for the next class.
Phew. Excited but also a bit overwhelmed.
I’m definitely learning new things.