Tailoring Techniques Workshop

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Tailoring Techniques Workshop

Sunday 17 May 2020

Session: 1


Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Level: Confident Dressmaker

Maximum Class Size: 8

This workshop has been designed to introduce both novice garment makers and more experienced sewists to Tailoring. You will learn and practice all the essential techniques and intricate hand stitch work on a scaled sample jacket with upper welt pocket.

Level: Participants of this class should be must be confident machine sewists with some experience it making clothes.

By working on a scaled sample you will cover many hand stitched processes, which are lengthy by nature, in a shorter amount of time. This means that you can embark on your first tailoring project with more experience & confidence.

During the class you will cover the following techniques:

  • Interlining & basting

  • Thread marking

  • Quilting the upper canvas

  • Two different approaches to couture darts

  • Pad stitching the lapel

  • Bridle application

  • Edge taping

  • Catch stitches, fell stitch & draw stitch

  • The majority of this class will focus on hand stitching however, a small amount of machine stitching will be needed. You will also look at materials and their uses as well as pressing techniques.


    "Thank you for a wonderful tailoring workshop! The content, tutoring and facilities were top rate and I can't wait to come back again for another class soon. I am pleased to say that, I am now happy to sew welt pockets and promise never to default to "faux" flaps on waistcoats ever again!" - Karen


    Luisa Tobitt began to develop her interest in stitch and textiles whilst studying for a BA in Sculpture at Brighton University. Much of her work involved taking garments apart, reworking them and stitching onto them. On completion of her degree, Luisa returned to London and studied a Diploma in Theatrical Costume at Kensington & Chelsea College. She spent the next two years studying design, pattern cutting, construction and decoration for 18th Century dress and the Victorian era. Gaining a Diploma in Handcraft Tailoring at London College of Fashion closely followed this and three years later Luisa also gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Pattern Cutting & Garment Technology, also at London College of Fashion. With a strong love for vintage fashion, Luisa enjoys using vintage patterns, reworking vintage garments and studying traditional sewing techniques.