Online Pattern Drafting Course
for Bespoke Menswear

Pattern Drafting for Bespoke Menswear is a great place to start your sartorial journey. No matter how well a garment is made, if the pattern isn't cut correctly and an appropriate fit isn’t achieved, fine stitching will not make up for its shortcomings. 

The pattern cutter is the architect of tailoring. Just like a bricklayer can’t walk into a green field and build a house, a garment maker can’t construct a suit without those architectural plans or patterns as we know them in tailoring. Pattern cutters usually spend three years or more apprenticing as an under-cutter before being allowed to take on their own clients. 


In taking an online pattern drafting course with Rory, you’ll be cutting patterns in three months. How can this be? you may ask. The answer is quite simple: we teach you everything you need to know about pattern cutting. 

Apprentices are limited in many ways. The first limitation is they work for a company as an employee, not a student. There is no incentive to teach pattern cutters at a steady pace and turn out another employee costing 40k a year when they can pay an eager young novice 18k to do the same job. Pattern cutting isn’t a particularly difficult subject when you’ve got a good teacher who has both industry experience and a passion for teaching. But many masters are lacking in both. Rory has known many under-cutters on Savile Row who left after a year or two simply because they weren’t being taught how to do the job they were so passionate about. Alternatively, there were those apprenticing under someone who couldn’t draft patterns but could manipulate a block - that isn’t pattern cutting.

With us, whether you are a novice or a professional, you will learn everything you need to know to venture into the bespoke tailoring trade confident of success.


Pattern drafting isn’t just about following a system. It has as much to do about assessing figures, studying posture and recognising the idiosyncrasies of the human form that make us all unique to one another. Each of the systems has a base from which to begin the draft and work off. This base is often misrepresented as ‘normal’ or ‘regular’. These conceptions must be put out of one's mind to become a successful pattern cutter. What may seem normal to one could be abnormal to another. The student will learn quickly when they understand their own posture and make-up, as that is the best platform for comparison. Rory developed stooping posture early in his career, combined with a sway back his figure was one even experienced Savile Row cutters struggled to cut for. Once he successfully learned to cut and make for his own complex body, he had few issues with clients of a similar body type. 

Bespoke pattern cutters are rarely called upon to draft patterns for the likes of Abercrombie models. It’s the stooped, portly gent with sloping shoulders that requires the skills of a competent cutter and that is one of the main focuses of this pattern drafting course.

Should you decide to take this pattern drafting course, you will learn how to assess a figure and draft patterns for trousers, waistcoats, coats, overcoats and tailcoats for portly, corpulent and athletic figures. As well as receiving one to one training, you will also be allowed to record each lesson to enhance your learning experience. 

When you have finished your eight weeks of training, this will mark the beginning of your education and not the end of it. With this in mind, Rory offers all of his students a free mentorship of one year for guidance in those first months of applying their newfound knowledge.

To apply for this course, simply email us at or use our online contact form to express your interest. Once you have secured a place, you will need a matching set of drafting tools available to purchase on eBay and Amazon. It may take a few days or weeks to arrive so you will need to factor in this delay when deciding to start the pattern drafting course. 

The online course fee is set at €2400 or £2000.
We will send you an invoice for the full amount which you can pay in one lump sum or weekly instalments. 
Once we receive your first payment, you will receive a complimentary digital copy of our book, Pattern Drafting for Bespoke Menswear, the Imperial System, which is not available to purchase anywhere else.

Please read through our syllabus so you know what to expect when you sign up for our pattern drafting course online.

At The HTA, students can opt to start the course online and complete it in-house or vice-versa. We also host introductory courses for beginners who wish to master the art of Savile Row tailoring.

Whatever your ambitions, know that Rory is here to help.

Even if it is just an enquiry or to ask for some guidance, just reach out.

He will be pleased to hear from you.

Online Pattern Drafting Course Syllabus

Pattern Drafting Online Syllabus

Course available for beginner to advanced learners

Course Duration

Twenty four classes spread over eight weeks with three one hour classes per week hosted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

The course fee is set at €2400 or £2000