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This 10 week course introduces students to the skills required to progress onto making, customising or altering garments.

Each week will focus on a different skill to include:
Sewing machine basics
Seams
Hems
Zips
Pockets
Buttons & buttonholes
Darts, tucks & pleats
Overlocking

Working in our Fashion studio, with access to industrial and domestic machines, students will produce a selection of samples for each of the skills covered. 

How to book

To book on any of our Art & Design short courses, please complete an online booking form and make payment for the relevant course via our online shop.  Please note your place on the course cannot be confirmed until we have received payment in full and a completed booking form.

Course Code Start Date End Date Venue Study Mode
ARDE025A.FC 18/04/2024 27/06/2024 Ware Campus Part Time Click here to book

For further details regarding the booking process please see FURTHER INFORMATION section below.

What can I do next?

Following completion of this course, our Dressmaking for Beginners short course is ideal for anyone wishing to learn how to make garments from commercial patterns, alternatively our Introduction to Pattern Cutting short course introduces students to the basics of drafting patterns from scratch.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, this course is suitable for absolute beginners or those wanting to refresh their skills.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring:

  • a basic sewing kit to include fabric scissors, tape measure, pins, hand sewing needles, thread snippers/embroidery scissors and a stitch/seam ripper.
  • a note/sketch book and pen/pencils. 
  • an A4 Lever Arch Folder and plastic wallets to build a technical folder, with step-by-step instructions alongisde the samples.

You will be made aware of any other requirements as the course progresses.

Fee Information

£125 for the 10 week block.

These fees are indicative of the 2024-25 costs and may be subject to change

Further Information

This course is scheduled on a Tursday evening, 19:00 - 21:00, at our Ware Campus.

All our Art & Design Short Courses are for aged 18+ unless otherwise specified.

How to book

To book on any of our Art & Design short courses, please complete an online booking form and make payment for the relevant course via our online shop.  Please note your place on the course cannot be confirmed until we have received payment in full and a completed booking form.

The Department will contact you with start-up instructions approximately 1 week before the start of the course.

All our Art & Design short courses run subject to reaching minimum numbers. In the event we are unable to run the course you are booked on to, you will be offered a space on an alternative course or a full refund of the course fee.

We endeavour to remove our courses from the website once courses are full, in the unlikely event you are able to submit a booking and pay for a course that is full, you will be offered a space on an alternative course or a full refund of the course fee.

For further information please contact the Information Centre by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to speak to an advisor please call 01992 411411.

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