Beginners Garment Making

Ref: C3842841

Join this small friendly class held within the community, led by an expert tutor. This course will teach you how to take bodice measurement to draft a skirt pattern and use a sewing machine to construct this made to measure garment. This is a very hands on practical course aiming to introduce you to garment construction, whilst increasing your knowledge of design lines, skills and techniques used in the fashion industry.

Course aim

Introduction to basic pattern drafting and garment making with an insight to developing made to measure garments.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre
  • Learners need basic English speaking, reading and writing skills

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify a minimum of ten items of tools/equipment used in Pattern Drafting and Garment Construction
  • Thread and competently use a domestic sewing machine to complete basic sewing tasks
  • Draft and label a 6 panel skirt pattern
  • Construct a 6 panel skirt using a domestic sewing machine
  • State at least two ways coming on this course has improved your health and well being

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • Photographic evidence will be taken of you and your work for assessment/evidence purposes

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A £5.00 non refundable contribution is payable towards the use of pattern drafting and garment making equipment needed. All materials, haberdashery etc will be provided by the learner

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • You may be asked to research certain designs of the paticular garments that will be taught in class

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • You could join the next level of sewing classes.

Download full course information sheet

Beginners Garment Making


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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