Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 176 Conc £70 Full £304 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Monday 19:00 - 21:00 11 MAC 16/09/2019 02/12/2019 CS1600
Monday 19:00 - 21:00 11 MAC 06/01/2020 23/03/2020 CS2600
Monday 19:00 - 21:00 11 MAC 20/04/2020 06/07/2020 CS3600

What will the course cover?

If you have never made clothes before, you will be equipped with the knowledge to make a simple garment by the end of this course. This course includes basic tuition on the use of the sewing machine, taking body measurements, use of self made and/or commercial patterns and the construction and finishing of garments. Reconstruction-deconstruction of garments will also be covered.

Who is the course for?

Those with little or no experience of clothes making and pattern cutting. You can however continue to attend for additional terms to develop your skills beyond the basics.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

None, just a general interest in fashion, clothing and dressmaking.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Demonstrate the ability to apply Health and Safety procedures in a sewing room. Thread and use a domestic sewing machine safely and accurately. Make an accurate lay prior to cutting out garment. Cut out garments with precision. Make your own pattern and/or follow instructions set out in a commercially produced paper pattern. Make accurate tailors tacks to mark placement for darts, buttons etc. Make necessary adjustments to garments. Produce neatly sewn darts. Produce zip openings. Attach buttons. Choose correct interfacing to suit weight and colour of fabric.

How is the course organised?

Individual tuition - each student making a garment of their own choice, for beginners it is important that the garment is a simple one -ask your tutor for advice on the first session. Practical demonstration, formal instruction will be given. Samples, photocopies available to show sewing details. Question and answer sessions.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Buying own patterns and fabric. Reading magazines and or text books on sewing.

How will my progress be assessed?

Continuous assessment will occur in class and an Individual Learning Plan will be used to monitor progress and give feedback between learner and tutor.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Further classes to increase your skills This course also could be of interest to students who want to prepare for fashion college/university.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Please bring a basic sewing kit and an A4 folder with paper and pencil or pen to the first class. Fabrics and patterns will need to be sourced as well following advice from your tutor.

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.