This course is for anyone interested in the craft of gentlemen's accessories. You will explore tailoring techniques, modify classic blocks, develop a series of stitch samples and learn the techniques needed to produce you own refined neck tie or bowtie.
The cravat, a knotted Linen clothe, first worn in the 1630s by Croatian mercenaries, (silk for the officers) is the basis for all neckwear worn today.
During the course the tutor will demonstrate and guide you in the following techniques:
• Tracing off / altering blocks
• Cutting on the bias
• Hand basting stitch
• Running stitch
• Machine stitch
• Bagging out and pressing
The course will start with a brief history of gentlemen’s cloth accessories. You will learn how to draft blocks and cut cloth professionally. You will explore pattern cutting techniques and the tutor will share hand and machine stitching tips. The ties will be finished with the tutor showing you pressing techniques for the perfect finish for your tie or bow tie.
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)
Ian Scott Kettle is a maker of bespoke menswear accessories, with 25 years' design and making experience. His work has been worn by the likes of Cindy Sherman and Michael Jackson and featured in many journals, such as Vogue, Dazed, and i-D. Ian is also a well respected teacher with 20 years experience.