Cutter - Men’s Tailoring Department

We have a vacancy for a Cutter to join our Men’s Tailoring team.

Our Costume department has recently moved into state of the art workrooms in our brand new production hub.

We have a vacancy for a Cutter to join our Men’s Tailoring team.

This key role is a unique opportunity to bring your considerable Technical, Creative and Leadership skills to our team, collaborating with international creative teams to continue your career in our world class repertoire environment.

Working with the Senior Cutter you will contribute to and support the management of an effective team of tailors. Your extensive technical experience and your commitment to the development of others will be instrumental in maintaining our high production standards.

In this role you will realise designs, draft patterns, cut period and modern garments and also fit, alter and refurbish existing costumes for revivals.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • To discuss with Head of Costume, Designers & Costume supervisors the cutting and making requirements for productions.
  • To contribute constructive advice to designers and supervisors with regard to the choice and quantities of materials for costume production.
  • In association with the Senior Cutter, plan workload in relation to new costumes, remakes and alterations.
  • To produce patterns, grade toiles, make samples and research style and cut of any period as required and construct costumes when necessary.
  • In association with the Senior Cutter, allocate and delegate work for both new productions and revivals to member of staff or out workers as required.
  • To measure and fit cast and update departmental records.
  • To draft and cut costumes, mark up alterations, distribute work, oversee and maintain production quality.
  • To train and instruct staff in our workroom procedures and production methods, supporting their development in tailoring and costume making skills.
  • To introduce and develop new methods of construction as required by Senior Cutter and Head of Costume
  • To communicate regularly with all staff, ensuring they are working to schedule for fittings, dress rehearsals and planned completion dates.
  • To attend rehearsals as required, note and action any costume adjustments and alterations.
  • To adhere to safe working practices
  • To deputise for the Senior Cutter in their absence.
  • To carry out other duties as required by the Head of Costume or Senior Cutter.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Education and Training
  • Degree or equivalent qualification in Costume/Fashion with proven experience in bespoke tailoring and cutting.
  • Significant experience at a senior level in tailoring and cutting in a recognised production workroom.
  • Significant experience in pattern making/cutting and fittings.
  • Significant experience of complete garment construction to a consistently high standard.
  • Significant experience of accurate costume alterations
  • Experience of training and instructing workroom staff.
Knowledge and Special Skills
  • Advanced skills in cutting period and modern tailored garments.
  • Ability to produce authentic cut in the interpretation of any design.
  • Advanced knowledge of tailoring and period costume.
  • Advanced and accurate hand and machine sewing skills as well as pressing techniques.
  • Advanced understanding of fabrics and materials and their specific handling.
  • An understanding of workroom structures, team building and staff supervision.
  • Good knowledge of sewing machine maintenance.
  • Computer literacy.
Essential Qualities
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Confidence and skilled to instruct and support less experienced staff in our work room procedures.
  • Able to organise and plan workload effectively.
  • Able to delegate workload and supervise staff.
  • Able to work under pressure and over extended hours if required to meet deadlines and last minute changes.
  • Proactive and flexible in attitude to work.
  • Committed to working to the highest standard, maintaining Glyndebourne’s reputation for costume excellence.

Salary and Benefits

  • We can offer a competitive salary dependent upon experience, which will be reviewed annually.
  • The contractual hours of work are 39 per week however you will be required to work additional hours to meet the demands of the role in the build-up to the Festival and Tour.
  • We offer a minimum of 33 days / 6.6 weeks holiday per year including public holidays.
  • We have excellent on site catering facilities, can offer a beautiful working environment, the opportunity to see world class opera and for those without their own transport we have a free minibus service to and from Lewes railway station and a season ticket loan scheme.
  • The commencement date for this role is subject to negotiation. Pauline Lecrass our Head of Costume would be pleased to discuss the role informally with anyone considering applying. She can be contacted on 01273 812321 or by email

How to Apply

Please apply by firstly clicking here to complete our online monitoring form and then e-mail your CV and covering letter to

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive.

We are an equal opportunities employer

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