Tailoring Class

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I'm a banker by trade who wants to be a Tailor.  I know how to sew from
store bought patterns however, would like to learn how to make custom suits
using the finest material - using my own pattern.  Can anyone tell me where
I can go to learn the trade?  I'm in Chicago.

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Our local junior college had an apparel design program that had one
tailoring class.  I don't know if they still have the program or not.
But if you are only going to be sewing for yourself you could learn it
by yourself with enough books and videos to help you along.

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custom suits
me where

Basically there are two options. One is to find a local college,
university or fashion school that offers courses in tailoring. The other
and some might say "better" option is to find a quality tailor or shop
looking for an apprentice, and "learn while you earn".  In many urban
areas there is a dearth of  people seeking to enter the trade as
everyone wants to be a stockbroker or some other high paying job. This
means that many tailors have no one to take over their business if/when
they retire, especially if they do not have children or those children
choose to pursue other careers.


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http://www.tailorandcutter.co.uk/ has Two internet classes

"Gentlemen's Bespoke Tailoring"

If you take the class buy the kit.

This class takes along time, but it is real tailoring (some Universities
don't even know what real tailoring is, so you can only imagine what there
tailoring classes are).

They will give you a pattern formula for making a coat, trousers and vest.
Later they will show you how to adapt these for other garments.

Most of the class construction comes from this book, but not all.  The vest
is made different.  Classic Tailoring Techniques: A Construction Guide for
Men's Wear (F.I.T. Collection) by Roberto Cabrera, Patricia Flaherty Meyers
I stuck with the class, just incase the class lessons went different.

Just finished the class after more than 2 1/2 years.  Some was my fault,
sending in lessons a couple of weeks late.  They have alot of students, more
than they thought they would have, so their lessons are sometimes three
weeks late. If you take the class-room class (60% failure rate (I think the
class moves along to fast for most students)) it is done in a few weeks.
The internet method is the safer way to get your moneys worth.  Although,
seeing demostrations and haveing an instructor to actually talk to would
have been nice.

When finished making the jacket - I like what I see.  It brought back many
memories of my early childhood.  My Granddad was a firm believer that the
time to learn the trade is before turning six (six and older the hands are
no good for learning) (nowadays, Tailor & Cutter will teach anybody- there
are so few real tailors).  Even after six he would have taught me, but it
never worked out.  One of my uncles would go to "tailors"- believe me there
are alot of people who have gone throught this world as something they
weren't.  In one glance looking at my uncles "tailored" clothes and my
Granddads you could see the fake tailored and the real.  While in the world
or real tailoring, where there are many methods, Tailor & Cutter will get
you started into the real world of true tailoring.  While I have read
several books, and they all have some good advice, Tailor & Cutter is by far
closer to what I learned from my Granddad who wore the best clothes I've
ever seen.


"Cutting For Gentlemen"

This is actually the continuation about patterns, fitting, measuring, and a
few more garments.  I wouldn't mind going to Jolly Old England to take the
class-room class, but I think I will stick with their internet class.

Wish you luck in your decisions and classes.


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Being a former Director of a fashion design program at a major
university, I'm sorry to say that most fashion design programs not only
don't teach menswear anything, much less men's tailoring, but couldn't
find teachers to teach it if they did.  If you're in the States, you
might consider finding a local tailor who would be willing to take you
on as an apprentice.  The process is quite different than working with
women's wear tailoring and patterns.  There is a lot of handwork and
basting involved, which I surmise from your post is what you want to

In the twenty years that I taught, I had only a handful of male
students who wanted to learn tailoring.  I did my best to accommodate
them, but I wished that I had a real menswear tailor to whom I could
have referred them.


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Your right about there being a lack of tailors.  Seattle has one working
tailor (does work for Michael's Bespoke Tailors), and it is not the guy Bill
Gates goes to;  Bill Gates clothes are poorly MTM.  I believe Texas has a
university that has a tailoring class- some guy at Ask Andy Forum has taken
the class and wrote a little about it when asking a Savile Row tailor some
questions.  About the only place to learn the trade by working in it is
Savile Row (London, England), or Italy.  MTM is not Tailored.  MTM is the
top of RTW, the only difference is you get to choose the cloth and the
pattern is altered before it is cut, but then it goes through the same line
with as RTW.  CTDA (Custom Tailors & Designers Association) is basically a
MTM organization; not sure there are any tailors among them, anymore.
Whereas, Tailored is completely hand made and use a sewing machine for some
sewing and a serger for keeping the edges from fraying (it was the 1920's
when the tailors finally accepted the sewing machine, though a few tailors
used it sooner).  It is amazing how many old tailors went through Tailor And
Cutter- it is like the door in.

About the only place to buy cloth and trimmings is England.  The US has just
about nothing, anymore.  Some tailor trimmings supply companies in the US
don't have all the trimmings needed for true tailored, nor do some of them
even know what is needed.   Seattle used to have 3 cloth merchants and 20-40
trimming houses, now the closes trimming house is the bay area of SF, or
maybe LA.  This is an interesting site- http://www.englishcut.com/

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