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Tara HansenKathryn Sargent
• Born - 07/09/1986
• Mentor - Kathryn Sargent

When did you first become interested in tailoring?

Since I was a small girl I have always loved working with my hands. My grandmother made things with me so would I have been interested in creating for a long time.


What is your educational background?

I’m from Denmark, I studied textiles and communication at school and then I went to a college that would be the equivalent of Newham College over there and learnt tailoring. I came over to London to do some work experience for a while then I went back to finish my course.


Who gave you your first opportunity in tailoring?

It was Kathryn. I emailed her from Denmark and asked if I could come and do a placement here and she agreed. There is no better place than London if you want to work in the bespoke tailoring industry. I was so inspired  after my work experience, the way you work over here is so much more technical than in Denmark. What I studied there focused more on the industrial sewing but how you work here with the canvas and horsehair and the whole intricate process involved in making the pieces is beautiful to me.


What is a day in the life like at Kathryn Sargent?

I am learning how to make coats and jackets so I follow Kathryn and I help in any way I can. It depends on what she is doing. Sometimes I will be doing the a baste, padding the collar or doing a forward.


What has been your most exciting moment at Kathryn Sargent?

London craft week was very exciting. It was an open house event where anybody was welcome to come inside and watch us work. We had all sorts of visitors and not just fans and students of tailoring and craft who were aware about the open house, we also had the general public and passers-by who were curious and popped in to see what was going on. It was amazing to see how fascinated people were in what we did.


What are you working on right now?

Right now I am basting a silk jacket for a window display. The cloth is a bit different to what I usually work on but that is why I am enjoying it so much.


What is your favourite aspect of tailoring?

Using my hands to make a something so special is definitely my favourite part of tailoring. Seeing a jacket at each stage and knowing what I have to do next and perfecting my skills along the way.


What advice would you give to anybody who wants to get into the bespoke tailoring industry?

Be sure this is what you want to do, because it isn’t easy. Having an interest in bespoke tailoring is fine but to make it in this industry you have to possess the basic knowledge and skills to get anywhere. Start as soon as you can, get on a course or find work experience somewhere and put your all into it.