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jejbird

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I want to learn how to become a tailor/cutter. Does anyone teach handcraft tailoring anymore? Does anyone want to pass on their knowledge of the trade? Time is not an issue because the passion is there. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
 

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Fly to Naples. Ask if you can labor for free. It's an offer they can't refuse.

Originally Posted by jejbird
I want to learn how to become a tailor/cutter. Does anyone teach handcraft tailoring anymore? Does anyone want to pass on their knowledge of the trade? Time is not an issue because the passion is there. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
 

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Kiton has a school (pdf) you might try with them
 

jejbird

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Thanks for the advice. I live in America, so I might have visa issues. I'll try to get in contact with the company
 

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Yes.

 

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where do you live.
do you speak any second languages?
How old are you.
There are several universities that offer fashion design degrees. within the programs there are patern making classes.

Feel free to send me a PM.
Carl
 

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You can always do what I did. Find a local tailor and bother them until they hire you.
 

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Originally Posted by JamesT
You can always do what I did. Find a local tailor and bother them until they hire you.

Any pictures of your work?
 

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Originally Posted by mr monty
Any pictures of your work?

At the moment, no.

I haven't been apprenticing for too long so most of what I do is cutting, alterations, and finishing. There are a few members here who own a few garments I have worked on though.
 

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Originally Posted by mr monty
Any pictures of your work?
I have not seen James' own work, but have seen James work at Chris' shop. They seem to have a good thing going, and anybody looking to get into the field could do much worse. I can't speak for James, but I would imagine that one of the keys to being a good apprentice is to be willing to work without ego and to be willing to take on any task available, no matter how stupid it might seem. Speaking of, perhaps you could get to work on Chris' burr grinder.
 

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Originally Posted by iammatt
I have not seen James' own work, but have seen James work at Chris' shop. They seem to have a good thing going, and anybody looking to get into the field could do much worse. I can't speak for James, but I would imagine that one of the keys to being a good apprentice is to be willing to work without ego and to be willing to take on any task available, no matter how stupid it might seem.

Speaking of, perhaps you could get to work on Chris' burr grinder.


+1. You have to be willing to do the mundane work before you get to the fun stuff. Things like hemming trousers and sewing buttons seem inane after a while but they develop the skills needed for the other steps down the line. When I first started, I did nothing but update and price swatch books for the first few weeks.

I was very lucky to find Chris. He is a fantastic boss and a great guy. It seems as though a lot of tailors are more than a little suspicious of anyone entering the craft and keep what they do as a closely guarded secret. However, if you are honest about learning, there are people out there who appreciate it and will be willing to help you get started.

Regarding the grinder, I just bought him some coffee beans for it which will hopefully motivate him to figure out how to use the thing - he has still yet to open it as he is afraid he might do something wrong and ruin it.
 

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