Handcraft Coat Making

Coat making is by far the most satisfying art in handcraft tailoring. It requires the most skills and combination of techniques to create a satisfactory outcome.

No one is born with a gift that makes garment making easy from the beginning. We all struggle and fail time and again before turning out a garment we are proud to put our name on, holding it up to the world as an example of a finely tailored handcraft coat.

Handmade should never be used as an excuse, but rather as a mark of hard work and quality in
every stitch. Coat making brings together many disciplines such as basting with fullness, pocket making, hand padding, layered stitching, fell stitching and of course, the mark of a truly handcrafted suit - the handmade buttonhole.

Every student of tailoring that ever was longed to make a handcraft coat. Too often we just head first into coat making without honing the important hand skills and machine skills required.

At The HTA, students can choose from one-to-one over Skype video calls to learn the skills of a Savile Row coat maker, or sign up to an in-house intensive making course. Whatever method you decide to choose to learn, you can be confident that The Handcraft Tailor Academy has a program that’s right for you.



This course is available to take online as one-to-one training through live video calls which can be recorded for an enhanced learning experience.

Students have the option to start a course online and finish in-house.



Due to Covid-19, we are not holding in-house courses until further notice.

Stay healthy and stay safe! 

This course is available to take in-house on The Handcraft Tailor Academy campus.

Students have the option to start a course in-house and finish online.


After being self-taught in sewing I was looking for more professional classes to get me out of the hobby segment. Some local sewing classes were very helpful but did not offer me the in depth information on materials and construction methods of traditional tailoring that I was looking for.


Luckily we have the internet and quickly I found Rory’s HTA. After an online pattern making course I came to Ireland for the in-house Bespoke Coat Making course. During these 6 weeks I learned so much more than I expected and went home with big book full of notes and a finished coat I keep going back to if I can’t remember a certain step or finishing method.


Huge bonus are the friends I’ve made and the long relaxing walks I took in the beautiful Irish countryside.

- Ties Dufraing from Belgium