I have decided to take an extended holiday this year. I haven’t taken a day since last January. I don’t consider Army Reserve training, a holiday, just a totally different ball game. Though there hasn’t been much of that either since COVID. I am eager to realise my vision of what I want my online academy to be, the one place anyone can go to learn the art of handcraft tailoring. I do believe what I am trying to achieve is possible, that apprenticeships will become a thing of the past and someone who is serious about being a tailor can achieve their dreams through my videos. I have an in-house apprentice, Terry, I taught him coat making. Since he had the skills I forwarded him the old video series on Trousers that made up the mini series on YouTube. His trousers are as good as mine. Next week will be spent shooting and editing the trouser making series. If that’s done before the holidays I will continue with the Tailcoat early in the New Year. It won’t be much of a holiday, just getting other stuff done so I can deliver on promises made. I know many of you are eager for the book, if there wasn’t so many edits it would be out there and available. To be fair I don’t thinks there’s much left. I do envision a drafting series too, notes available to download just as with the coat. The book itself will eventually be printed, only those like myself who like to own and read books with bother to purchase it. There will be some bonus material also. The Tailcoat I am making isn’t wanted until November, so there might be time for the Waistcoat. Waistcoats aren’t always a desired item of clothing but they are a great way to hone ones skills for coat making. I am eager for “learn to earn” videos or “earn while learning”. Think the former sounds better. When I was an apprentice I worked as a bartender on the weekends and an alteration tailor in the evenings. I have mention this already here, but I hope to add some videos on Ready to Wear alterations, so at least you can earn a living while you are learning the trade. I was trained by a pseudotailor (I just made that up). It wasn’t production and it wasn’t bespoke. Somewhere in the middle. I think there could be room for a series which took the best from Savile Row and the best from production. Bring the two together and make a coat series out of it. When I am rushing to make something for myself, this is the type of coat I make. The few who have signed up for Coat making one to one learnt this style. I didn’t advertise it as Handcraft and anyone who took it knew that. I am not taking the company name to means I will only teach one style, many of you may thank me for the options. Handcraft is great, when you are getting paid for it. Clients when given the option usually go for the cheaper rate, so long as the fit it there. As always it will depend on what I have time for, but stay tuned.