Savile Row Style Bespoke Shirt – 4 Day Course with Savile Row Tailor -DAY 1
September 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm£140
Savile Row Style Bespoke Shirt Making (Men’s & Women’s)
This course will run over 4 consecutive Mondays
10 am – 4 pm Monday 16th, 23rd, 30th September and 7th October
On this course you will learn how to cut, fit and sew a bespoke fitted shirt. Sewing machines are provided.
A shirt is a fantastic and challenging choice of garment which requires both hand sewing and machine skills. Apart from the pleasure of the making process itself, the design details, a good fit and the freedom to choose your fabric all combine to make the shirt truly yours.
This course requires that you have basic experience of using a sewing machine and is therefore not suitable for complete starters. We will support you to complete the shirt project within class time but this is dependent on individual progress.
Using a pattern and a fabric of your choice we will begin, if necessary, by adapting the pattern to your own particular requirements. You will learn how to accurately mark out and cut your fabric and the many techniques needed to sew your shirt.
• sewing machine skills
• flat felled seams
• sleeve plackets
• fine edge stitching
• pressing techniques and using pressing aids
• hand basting
• using interfacing – both woven and fusible
Course Tutor: Stephen Shoebridge
Stephen trained in hand craft tailoring at the Savile Row Academy.
He then worked for an established Savile Row tailoring house for a number of years and now works as a self-employed tailor for both individual clients and tailoring houses in London and Bristol.
Course Requirements List
If you are aiming at a classic ‘dress’ shirt, buy pure fine cotton of the best quality you can obtain. It seems ill advised to spend so much time and effort working with inferior fabric. You may be after a different look so fine corduroy or chambray may be an alternative. Silk and linen are also used in fine shirt making but avoid polyester or poly-cotton mix.
For the yardage (amount) required, refer to the instructions given in the pattern notes and then add a 30 cm. We will need some extra to practice sewing some seams and some to test with interfacing. The total amount you need will probably range between 2.3 metres – 2.8 metres. If possible wash your fabric as you would wash the finished shirt i.e. by hand or machine.
A 2-ply cotton thread is advised, similar or the same as cotton embroidery thread. Although not commonly used, this will give your sewing a finer appearance as it is thinner and more lustrous. A good quality polyester thread such as Gutermann can also be used.
You are of course free to choose your shirt pattern. There is a selection available in the shop and advice will be given as to suitability.
These are worth giving due consideration and often seem to be somewhat of an afterthought. As the sewing of buttons comes at the end of the project there will be time to discuss your choice. If however you have your buttons, then please do bring them along.
Of different types and weights will be available to purchase in the shop.
Standard dressmaker’s pins are too thick for fine shirt fabric. Finer ‘lace’ pins may be purchased in the shop. Note that in many stages of assembly, hand basting will be recommended instead of pins.
Basic Sewing Kit:
This may include shears, tape measure, marking chalk, snips, pins etc. Please bring along your usual sewing kit.