Fittings and Alterations Weekend Taster

When and Where

25 Jan 2020 - 2 Feb 2020 (11 hours, 2 weeks)
Days and times
Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday 10:00 - 16:30
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

Jenna Young
Course code

What you will learn

This taster course will introduce you to the tips and tricks to make those mis-fitting and tired pieces of clothing come to life. You will be able to build on your existing knowledge and develop your fitting and sewing skills. This course is suitable for you if you want to make simple adjustments to the clothes in your wardrobe or alter clothes for friend and family. As there is limited time on this course, it is advised not to bring tailored coats and jackets. During the course, you will work at your own pace together with students of different levels, you will share and benefit from each-others experiences. You need intermediate level sewing skills to benefit ,this course is not suitable for Beginners.

COURSE DATES: Sat 25th Jan and Sun 2nd Feb.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • · to analyse the fit of a garment
  • · to apply appropriate fitting adjustments
  • · to prepare garments for alteration
  • · to use appropriate sewing techniques
  • · to customize/update pieces of clothing
  • · to solve problems and develop independent thinking

Class format and activities

Teaching is both as a whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis using lectures, demonstrations, examples, samples, handouts and any other technical support materials where appropriate.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

You must have intermediate level skills to benefit from this course. This course is not suitable for beginners.
Before you enrol, you must have achieved the following:
• Understand what a grainline is and how to use it
• Understand what a notch is and how to use them
• Know what a layplan is and understand how to cut on fold
• Be able to thread up and use a sewing machine
• Be able to construct garments to a good standard, including sewing darts and setting sleeves and collars
• No previous pattern cutting experience is needed
• Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English
• Mathematics and numeracy skills are essential

What you need to know before you enrol

• Working on patterns and cutting fabric can involve standing at high tables. Please let your tutor know if this is difficult for you.
• Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.
• The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building and there is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.
• Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – no liquids at all are allowed.

What you will need for your class

What do I need to bring with me to class?
· a basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, sharp trimming scissors, dressmaker’s pins, tape measure, dressmaker’s tracing wheel, dressmaker’s carbon paper
· a selection of hand sewing needles, sewing threads
· 2m x 15mm wide cotton tape
· notepad and pens, pencils, sharpener and eraser

· Also:
· Garments for alteration, skirt, trouser, tops and day dresses, due to the length of the course and limited timings, please do not bring outerwear garments to the course.
· you must provide your own haberdashery, threads, etc. for use on your projects but this will be discussed during the first lesson
· paper and card are available for use in the classroom
· calico for toiling is available at cost price from your tutor
· you will need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from your tutor for £1 refundable at the end of the course

What you can do next

We also run a variety of other sewing, clothes making and pattern cutting courses. Please consult the course guide or for further details.
You might want to try one of the following:
Pattern Cutting
Creative Pattern Cutting Draping on The Stand
Clothes Making: Occasion and Evening wear
Advanced Clothes Making Workshop
Want to go further? Our Access to Fashion Diploma course can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details: