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What are the necessary skills for becoming a qualified high-level handcraft tailor? What does the tailor need to learn?


For one to become a qualified high-level handcraft tailor they must be passionate, dedicated and committed – not only to years of training but to strive for excellence in all areas of handcraft tailoring. They must apprentice for at least three years and commit to another two years field training before considering themselves a master of the art. It is often found that tailors have a family history of artisans dating back generations, some skills tailors are just born with, which no amount of training can instil. It starts in the hands, a natural feel for the cloth and needlework. Muscle memory is something that can be taught but the true masters of the trade have tailoring engrained into the very fibre of their being.

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