The patterns I wrote about were prepared by bespoke tailors trained in Italy ... If you have seen the documentary "Men of the Cloth," that's the style.
Here's an old New York Times article describing one of the teachers I had, Joseph Gresia. I've also been taught by his former partner, Benedetto Alibrandi (name misspelled in the story).
Tailor Fears Future Of Craft Is Limited
"SEVEN years of apprenticeship, starting at age 11, was how Joseph Gresia honed his tailoring skills in Italy.
Mr. Gresia would go to the tailor's shop in his hometown, Potenza, every day after school at 1 and work until 8 P.M., without pay. Fifty years ago such arrangements were the norm, Mr. Gresia said. ''You were trained by a master tailor who took the time to teach you everything he knew,'' he said. 'It was a fair exchange.' "
'''[Students in the full-time menswear program] don't want to become tailors,' he said. 'Students in continuing education classes are different. They are upgrading their skills to get ahead.' "
I wasn't one, but there have always been people with significant professional experience. We were not learning methods that were radically different from a professional setting, although obviously every tailor, every house, has different requirements. And no matter the background, no one shows up for a class at 8 a.m. on a Saturday for 15 weeks without a serious interest. Some people came in from Philadelphia and Connecticut.
Edited by tailleuse, 13 July 2016 - 07:19 AM.