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Bespoke Tailoring Courses

A world class bespoke tailoring course for students looking to learn the craft of traditional bespoke tailoring. A course covering both cutting and making, previous course attendees have gained full time employment in Savile Row tailoring houses.

If you are considering a career as a bespoke tailor, this bespoke tailoring course is the best place to start. Unlike a university course, you’ll be learning and studying full-time in our actual bespoke tailoring workroom alongside Desmond Merrion where you’ll gain an invaluable and technical insight into the world of high class bespoke tailoring.

Desmond is a fully time served bespoke tailor with 35 years bespoke tailoring experience, and has previously been a trade coat and trouser maker for some of the UK’s most respected tailors. However, unlike most high end tailoring houses, Desmond still chooses to personally cuts and fully make all his garments in house, without outsourcing any work. The trade term for how Desmond operates is a ‘Jeff”, viz, “A little master, one that cuts and makes all his own work”

Students will be taught traditional bespoke tailoring methods that are utilised in many high end tailoring houses throughout the world. The bespoke tailoring course will be specifically covering men’s trousers, waistcoats and coats. Previous course attendees have gone on to gain full time employment in well respected Savile Row tailoring houses. Other students have established their own successful bespoke tailoring businesses throughout the world, including Sweden, Canada and South Africa.

Bespoke tailoring courses


Offering the highest level of training in men’s bespoke tailoring to students wanting to acquire the requisite skills to become bespoke tailors, gain employment within the bespoke tailoring sector, or establish their own tailoring house. Desmond Merrion’s bespoke tailoring course is focused on traditional hand tailoring methods employed to construct medium-structured bespoke coats.

The following essential key elements crucial to successful bespoke tailoring will be comprehensively covered:

Bespoke tailoring courses

  • Sewing Machine Operation
  • Marking In-Cutting Out
  • Under Pressing
  • Waistcoat Making
  • Out Pressing
  • Canvas Construction
  • Hand stitching
  • Coat Making
  • Pocket Making
  • Garment Basting
  • Block Patterns
  • Hand Button Holes
  • Trouser Making

Trainees will be expected to complete at least two three piece suits by the end of the course.

Bespoke tailoring courses


The course is delivered on the premises of Desmond Merrion Bespoke Tailors in Rawdon Leeds. Desmond will only admit a maximum of three students per course which enables each trainee to receive a high degree of individual coaching. This is a full-time course over 36 weeks per year Monday to Thursday 9am-2pm. Friday 9am-1pm.

Students will also be allowed to use the workroom unsupervised until 4pm on evenings.

Bespoke tailoring courses


  • UK & EC Residents £10,000 per full year
  • Non-UK/EC Residents £12,000 per full year

A maximum of three students per year will only be admitted.

Students are required to pay the entire course fee in full within one month of acceptance. In exceptional circumstances three instalments may be considered.

Students who voluntarily withdraw from the course after fees are paid are not entitled to a refund.

Bespoke Tailoring Courses


If you would like to be considered for this course, in the first instance please contact Mr Desmond Merrion Following submission of your email enquiry, you may be scheduled for an interview. It is not essential to have previous experience in bespoke tailoring, but applicants must prove that they are fully committed to completing the course, at the required standards.

Bespoke tailoring courses

Desmond Merrion Bespoke Tailors are NOT licensed to issue student visas. However, non EU students that have the correct legal entitlement to stay in the UK may apply to attend the course.

Non EU students wishing to attend this bespoke tailoring course, WILL NOT be offered a course place until they have provided a deposit of 30% (£4,000) of the course fee.


These will be provided to all students.


Accommodation is not provided. Students are responsible for their own living expenses for the duration of the bespoke tailoring course.

Bespoke tailoring courses

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