I am currently enrolled on a tailoring course at Morley College in London. Over a period of 11 weeks we are learning to make a coat to a standard pattern but using bespoke techniques including the use of goat hair and horsehair canvases for the fronts, pad stitching of lapels etc (we are, at this stage, learning to make rather than fit). Before enrolling, I had completed three pairs of trousers, one pair of knicker breeches, four shirts and one waistcoat/vest, all from drafts I had prepared and worked on myself.
My work on pattern drafting and trying to fit these garments has given me an understanding of some of the subtleties of fit and balance - for example I have found that my own posture is over-erect and verging on the corpulent, that I have prominent calves and thighs and that my left shoulder is lower than my right, and I have worked out what adjustments these require.
I realise I still have a lot to learn but my ambition is, eventually, to be able to make all the components for a three piece suit. You may not consider me to be ready yet to be promoted on this forum, but I would like to know what I need to aim for.