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Our textiles and fashion courses include dressmaking, soft furnishings and knitting.

Beginner's Dressmaking View details

Students will use a sewing machine and hand sewing methods to complete a variety of different sewing techniques and produce a basic design for different types of garments. They will work on various types of hems and side seams and improve neatness in stitching by completing an edge stitch on garments. There will be opportunity for group discussion to improve confidence in sewing.

Beginners Garment Making View details

This course will teach you vital creative and practical skills, which will help you to create items of clothing which could be used as a part of a portfolio, should you wish to study at a higher level or pursue a career within the fashion industry. This course will also help you to improve your employability prospects with emphasis on the skills required to do this.

Cut and Design. Dress making. View details

The course will teach students to prepare their own clothes using basic techniques. Learners will also learn to make alterations to their own clothes guided by the tutor and will also explore the creative use of fabrics.

Dressmaking View details

This course will introduce learners to sewing, cutting and pressing techniques used in dressmaking. The course is suitable for beginners and is also an opportunity for learners with existing sewing experience to refresh or enhance their dressmaking skills.

Dressmaking for Beginners View details

This dressmaking course aims to help students learn and develop their dress making/sewing and pattern making skills. It is suitable for beginners as well as intermediate level students who are looking to enhance their existing skills. Course content will cover basic concepts such as learning how to take accurate body measurements and interpreting these to a sewing pattern, developing sewing machine skills from how to set up and operate a sewing machine, through to producing a garment.

Dressmaking with Embroidery View details

Students will use a sewing machine and hand sewing methods to complete a variety of different sewing techniques. They will then produce a basic embroidery design on a garment. Students will use various types of embroidery stitches including cross stitch and basic machine embroidery.

Enhancing Your Sewing Skills View details

A women only course which introduces neckline styles, stitching techniques and processes, to create patterns for a garment. Learners will stitch a garment of their choice applying advanced techniques to the neckline which they develop on the course.

Entry 1 Sewing View details

The course is intended for anyone wishing to complete sewing (dressmaking) projects. Students will learn how to use a sewing machine, produce a range of samples, learn basic pattern cutting and garment construction skills.

Entry 1 Sewing View details

Students will learn how to use a sewing machine, produce a range of samples, learn basic pattern cutting and garment construction skills and create a garment to a good standard. The course is intended for anyone wishing to complete sewing (dressmaking) projects.

Exploring Technical Techniques in Sewing View details

This course is ideal for people that want to advance their sewing skills and learn techniques to extend their accuracy and repertoire of garment construction. Throughout the course you will explore technical sewing techniques that add the professional touches to your finished garment. You will achieve this by understanding how and where to under stitch, clip curves, finish a variety of seam appropriately, look at ways to apply bias binding, insert zips and how to press your garment etc. This is teacher lead throughout, with input weekly from learner to express what their needs are, so the course is adapted and relevant to the learning process.