Posts by Finnan
I am delighted to say that last month I finished my trouser making apprenticeship at Anderson & Sheppard and I am now a fully qualified trouser maker. Before I started my apprenticeship as a trouser m... Read More
I am currently making a pair of tartan check trousers from cloth that was cut at the bespoke shop.I sewed the cloth into two separate trouser legs. I then go on to press them but because this par... Read More
It has been almost a year since I started my training as a trouser maker, and I can definitely say it has been a fast, fun year.  I have learnt so much from Keith and it has been great working wi... Read More
I have just completed my third week of training as a Trouser Maker at Anderson and Sheppard, which isn't anything unusual, except that I had spent the last four years as a Coat Cutter at the bespoke s... Read More
As an apprentice under Mr Hitchcock for just under four years I have been fortunate enough to learn the classic cut of an Anderson and Sheppard double breasted jacket. Its an uncompromising garment th... Read More
In recent months I’ve been busy making a couple of extra trousers for my suits. Not only has it been really good practice, but it’s allowed me to try something different with the style. I ... Read More
The Blazer as we know it today has a naval connection having been named after the Captain of HMS Blazer (c.1845) dressed his crew in jackets of blue and white stripes. The term ‘Blazer’ to... Read More
While Mr. Hitchcock and Colin were away the orders were being sent down the wire every day, so life was very busy here at the shop. We were able to have the cloth ordered, getting it ready for us all ... Read More
What makes the difference between something being good versus excellent is its attention to detail. When it comes to the cloth, Mr. Hitchcock will match the design at every opportunity. While cutting ... Read More
Once the customer has been measured and a pattern created, that pattern is laid out on the cloth in order to cut out – strike – the various parts of it. In fact, we have usually laid out t... Read More
Once the cloth for a suit is cut, the various trimmings need to be added to it before it can all be sent to the appropriate tailor.There are three different parts to the structure of the chest: linen ... Read More
Mr Hitchcock has been working with myself and Ollie recently to learn the lays for white tie – how you arrange all the various parts of the coat and waistcoat out on the cloth.While the forepart... Read More
We get someone coming in with repairs or alterations most days, although it varies a lot. We might have nothing for days at a time and then suddenly a customer will bring in his whole wardrobe. Thankf... Read More
When we have finished using a customer’s paper pattern it is put under Mr Hitchcock’s board. There are two shelves there: one for patterns waiting to be cut and one for ones that have been... Read More
Learning how to sew on a button is one of the first things you’re taught when you join Anderson & Sheppard as an apprentice. I was taught within the first couple of days, but it’s a job I&... Read More
I’ve always liked The Sartorialist’s street shots – they manage to look natural despite being posed. And the style points he picks up on are very good.This picture, which I believe i... Read More
I’ll press a suit when it comes back from having an alteration, or before a client tries it on if it’s been on the rail for a while. You always start with the inside first and then do the ... Read More
The past couple of weeks I’ve been striking out for the first time – marking the patterns onto the cloth, with chalk – under the supervision of Mr Hitchcock. I’ve been practisi... Read More
This past month I’ve been learning a lot about the different lays for different types of suit. A lay is the way the sections of a suit are arranged on the cloth, and there are lots of permutatio... Read More
The past couple of weeks I’ve been striking out for the first time – marking the patterns onto the cloth, with chalk – under the supervision of Mr Hitchcock. I’ve been practisi... Read More
I just joined Anderson & Sheppard four weeks ago. I’m training as a coat cutter under Mr Hitchcock. I started with some single-breasted waistcoat patterns, which are probably the easiest thing t... Read More