On this course you will learn how to construct your own softly tailored coat, based on your measurements and proportions.
Choose one of two different simple coat shapes, variations of the classic Max Mara style, which you can individualise with sleeve and hem length. You can choose textured wool, alpaca, cashmere or tweed, for any season or occasion. Personalise your coat with simple pockets or the trim of your choice, and capture the essence of understated style.
The course involves creating a made-to-measure pattern, making and fitting your toile, and constructing the coat, under expert guidance to achieve a professional finish.
At the end of this course not only will you come away with a coat that is beautifully made and a perfect fit, but also with skills and confidence to independently embark on other tailoring projects.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Allison Rodger trained in Fashion Design at Harrow School of Art, and gained experience in couture clothing working for London's top designers. From 1987, she became renowned for her bridal designs, but her love of British wools, tweeds and colour inspired Allison to learn tailoring techniques and skills, for which she is now highly regarded. Allison teaches fashion design students pattern making and clothing production, and is very impressed with the tailored garments produced by her short course students at West Dean College.