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The Definitive Guide to Italian Tailoring Schools

Updated: Jun 21, 2021

This list was created to help those interested in tailoring, particularly traditional Italian menswear, find reputable places of learning based out of Italy. We hope to facilitate objectivity in the selection of any particular tailoring school by compiling the schools offerings in the most succinct manner possible as well as by incorporating alumni reviews.

With this list we hope to enable even the most novice to objectively and effectively evaluate the various Italian tailoring schools leading to higher quality apprenticeships, jobs and eventually independent tailoring houses and design studios.

Sorting through, or even finding quality information/websites on bespoke tailoring (especially at the beginning) can be difficult. With this article we aim to reduce some of the headache that many encounter on their search.

As new information and student reviews become available we will be updating the article. Enjoy!

The Schools:

Accademia dei Sartori

Via Francesco Crispi, 115, 00187 Roma

+39 06.42872259



What is the aim of l'Accademia dei Sartori?

The aim of our school is to train professional figures able to respond to the many needs of the sector. Our art needs generational change, vital to ensure the future of Italian Tailor Made.

What are the costs of all your courses?

The annual cost of the "alta sartoria" male or female course, amounts to € 7,500.00 and includes: registration fee, teaching materials and the exam fee.

The total cost of the three month course for men's or women's pattern making amounts to €3,000.00 and includes: registration fee, teaching materials and the exam fee.

Can you describe your teaching approach? How technical or theoretical is it?

The course of study has a mainly practical approach as our school starts and prepares students for the artisan creation of a tailoring garment . During the training the students will develop skills as established in the educational program depending on the year of attendance.

In addition to the specific course the following subjects will be included during the academic year: buttonhole making, history of fabric, business management and marketing. In addition, in agreement with the leading companies in the production of textiles, visits to their factories will be organized.

What is the day to day schedule like? What do the students do? Who are the teachers?

Each of our courses is held in the presence of master academic tailors. Each one of our masters has many years of experience and great knowledge of Italian tailoring.

Attendance is varied depending on the duration of the course. For the three-year tailoring course attendance is mandatory, 5 days a week, 5 hours a day from 9:00am to 2:00pm. As for the three-month pattern making course attendance is mandatory 1 day a week that is currently on Saturday morning from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

After finishing one of your courses what competencies will the graduates have?

Once graduated, depending on the direction and course taken, the students can work in tailoring workshops or independently start their own tailor shop.

During the time of the COVID19 pandemic is class in session?

Currently, the courses are taking place in person in compliance with the COVID containment measures provided by the law.

When can students register and how?

Registration can be taken by the secretary of l'Accademia during the year, preferably by September. All those who wish to send in an application, can write to our email accademiasartori@libero.it, we will respond with the registration form and inform the student about the specific dates of the courses.

Obviously, all those who wish to can visit our school and its educational workshops in order to interact directly with the teaching staff for technical advice and for the choice of the training path best suited to their aspirations.

What are the opportunities for graduates in the working world? What is the percentage of your students who find a job or become self-employed after they finish school?

Given the quality and the teaching methods used in our training, the majority of pupils find their place in artisan tailor shops during their schooling, starting with internships. Many of our students have joined renowned tailoring workshops in Italy and abroad, as well as in industrial garment companies. Some of them have also started their own business with considerable success and appreciation.

Course Offering:

Three-month Course in Menswear Pattern Making:

60 hours of lessons / one, five hour lesson weekly / duration: approximately 3 months

The first 3 lessons will be dedicated to the realization of graphics and geometric basis of pattern cutting for different types of subjects.

  • 4th Lesson - Coat main pattern cutting

  • 5th Lesson - Tail coat graphic design

  • 6th Lesson - Morning coat graphic design

  • 7th Lesson - Studying the jacket in different buttoning and those with shawl collars and lapels.

  • 8th Lesson - Jacket in different cuts

  • 9th Lesson - Various types of trousers

  • 10th Lesson - Details on the back of the jacket

  • 11th Lesson - Various pattern of waistcoat

  • 12th Lesson - Different styles of coat

Three-month Course in Womenswear Pattern Making:

60 hour course / one, five hour lesson weekly / duration: approximately 3 months

The first 3 lessons will be dedicated to the realization of graphics and geometric basis of pattern cutting for different types of subjects.

  • 4th Lesson - Basis for kimono and raglan

  • 5th Lesson - Basis for trousers and pant skirt

  • 6th Lesson - Dress details: collars, ‘carré’ pockets, cuffs, slits, ruche, etc.

  • 7th Lesson - Types of sleeves

  • 8th Lesson - Skirts in different models

  • 9th Lesson - All kinds of dresses

  • 10th Lesson - Pants and overalls in different models

  • 11th Lesson - Asymmetric cuts

  • 12th Lesson - Corset

  • 13th Lesson - Evening gowns and exam

Three-year Menswear Sewing Course:

First Academic Year

  • Learning all basic stitches

  • Creation of the waistcoat

  • Creation of the first and second fitting of the jacket

Second Academic Year

Jacket: revision and continuation of the 2nd fitting with specific concentration on

  • Sleeves

  • Hips

  • Shoulders

  • Collar

  • Internal and external pockets

  • Double welt pockets

  • Pocket flaps

Trousers: preparation of all parts of the trousers

  • Pockets

  • Hips

  • Internal and external belt assembly

  • Zipper/buttonholes

Third Academic Year

Coat finishing in various types and models

Three-year Modular Course in Bespoke Tailoring Womenswear:

First Academic Year In the first academic year the student will have to learn all the different elements used in bespoke tailoring.

Different types of skirts will be studied, experimented with and made. Some examples are: straight skirt, paneled skirt, gore skirt, buttoned skirt, asymmetrical skirt, hip pleat, semi-circular skirt and accordion pleated skirt.

Different types of bodices will also be studied, experimented with and made using various necklines, pleats and types of collars.

Finally, we’ll study sleeves in their diversity: from the classic sleeve to the puffed sleeve, leg-of-mutton, butterfly, pleated, the asymmetrical sleeve and with an infinite variety of cuffs.

Second Academic Year

The student, after having reached a technical tailoring maturity, passes to the module for the creation of any type of day dress in different lines or cut. Example: from the sheath dress to the blouson line, from the A-line to the empire waist, passing through the T-line, tulip, modified A-line, with bat sleeves, every piece of clothing also in asymmetrical cut.

Third Academic Year

After an initial phase dedicated to outerwear, the rest of the year will be dedicated to the manufacturing of important and elegant evening gowns, at any level, from those draped or pleated, through the boned bodice, elements which will enrich and complete the cultural and sartorial storage gained over the three-year academic course.

Student Reviews:

I attended the three-year men’s sewing course for two years. For work reasons I stopped training early. Before attending l’Accademia I had never sewn in my life. Speaking of practical skills acquired, I can say that I learned all the basic points well and in the first year I managed to see through the construction of a vest, pants and the second fitting of a jacket. These basic skills allowed me to enter a tailor shop as an apprentice immediately and have a good starting point. In the second year I was able to complete the full jacket, having a good flouring of the final stages of construction such as sewing the side seams, shoulders, neck and sleeves. I will be very frank, l’Accademia itself has provided me with good foundations during the first year, but to enter the world of work you have to put into practice what you learn.

The five hours of class in the morning are not even enough to become a worker in a tailor shop. You have to work hard and sweat through many shirts to be able to afford the luxury of entering into a tailor shop and doing something different than mark stitching.

I can say that at l’Accademia I found a great family. The best part of my training, in addition to the teachers, were my companions, all coming from different experiences and of all ages.

In my opinion, putting myself at the disposal of my companions, ready to help them do even trivial jobs has allowed me to develop my practical skills slowly. My masters have always told me “you have to train your hands”, and so I did.

I can say I met a second family at the Academy. There were some downsides though, mainly due to a questionable management of the courses, but it must be said that they had only started the course three years prior. Now, with the new management of Maestro Aloisio I’ve received excellent feedback from my colleagues. Maestro Aloisio has had a big impact on the l’Accademia. For a young man who has no chance to apprentice in a tailor shop, l’Accademia is an excellent alternative to build a good base to enter and be trained in a workshop.

Unfortunately, all this is paid at a high price and so it all falls on the families. Determination is fundamental and especially if you like the work and you see that you are moved by passion, immediately look for tailors with which to practice in the afternoon. It doesn’t matter if it’s only for two hours, this job is learned only by spending hours understanding how to sew, and then spending many more hours cutting and correcting.

Besides the men’s sewing course there is also the cutting course. And they usually recommend doing it towards the end of the sewing course so that you can better understand what you’re cutting. I didn’t do it because I finished early, but I always advise to do it to have a basis for cutting.

At the end of the three-year course of men’s sewing course you receive a "diploma" that so far I believe isn’t recognized by any body, but the prestige of the Academy is the guarantor. But what I want to say clearly is that the diploma attests that you have a foundation, the real work in the workshop will be very different from learning at school. Therefore, never rest on your laurels and above all constantly commit yourself.

- Alessandro P.