Clothes Making Intermediate and Advanced

When and Where

27 Apr 2020 - 6 Jul 2020 (30 hours, 10 weeks)
Days and times
Monday 18:00 - 21:00
Morley College London


Full fee
£295 Staged Payments available
Concession fee
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

Natalie Warner
Course code

What you will learn

In this course you will learn how to make pair of wide-legged culottes/trousers or palazzo pants. This course is perfect for you if you wish to improve and develop your sewing skills, can use a sewing machine independently, and have successfully used commercial patterns to make at least two garments. Previous attendance of at least two Clothes Making Beginners courses at Morley will also be a good foundation for this course.
This course is designed as an introduction to trouser fitting and includes construction details such as pockets and zips. The pattern for this course is (Butterick) B6178, but you are welcome to bring your own pattern provided that it is not overly fitted through the leg, otherwise there may not be enough time to get the pattern adjusted for you. You will learn principles for fitting the waist, hips and crutch that will stand you in good stead for all-in-one garments like jumpsuits and dungarees.
Depending on your personal style, skill/experience level and fabric choice, you can choose to sew an invisible, lapped or fly zip, slanted, inseam or welt pockets to create your ideal trouser. You will also spend time focusing on construction details such as hem finishing. By the end of the course you will feel more confident about fitting and making trousers independently.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • use body measurements to choose an appropriate pattern size
  • use fitting techniques to an intermediate level
  • execute pattern alterations to create a well-fitting garment fit
  • select fabrics appropriate to the pattern and your skill level
  • use and analyze commercial pattern instructions
  • execute construction and finishing to a high standard

Class format and activities

Students are encouraged to work independently and learn from each other in a friendly environment, sharing and benefiting from each other’s experiences. Teaching is as a whole class, in pairs, small groups and on an individual basis. Demonstrations, discussions, examples, samples, hand-outs and other technical support materials are used where appropriate.
Assessment of work is continuous and you will be actively encouraged to make notes and photo documentation as you go, especially regarding fitting information, so that you can use the work you've done in class to progress in your own time.
Attendance and punctuality are crucial, in enabling you & the rest of the class to achieve the desired learning outcomes. If you cannot attend all sessions for any reason, please discuss this with the Tutor.

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

This course is an Intermediate class. It is not suitable for complete beginners. Basic numeracy and English language speaking, listening and reading skills are essential.
You are eligible for intermediate level if you have completed two or more beginner level courses at Morley College (one of these must be the top with set-in sleeves) or have equivalent experience. This confirms that you can:
• Check body measurements against pattern and understand ease;
• Carry out basic pattern alterations such as lengthening/shortening, widening/narrowing, grading between sizes;
• Lay and cut pattern from fabric following cutting layouts, using grainlines, and transferring all markings.
• Use a sewing machine to stitch /construct beginners garments (basic skirt /top /trouser) accurately.

What you need to know before you enrol

• This is a mixed level class. You need to be willing to work together with others at different levels. Advanced students will be expected to work more independently.
• Working on patterns, cutting fabric and fitting 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 lift access.
• Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – bottled water is allowed.

What you will need for your class

-a sewing kit
-fabric and paper scissors
-a stationary kit inc. A4 ringbinder
-you must provide your own fabrics, haberdashery and threads etc for use on your project but the purchase of these will be discussed in the first lesson
-you will be able to buy a pattern in the first lesson for no more than £10
-paper and card are available for use in the classroom
-calico for making toiles is available at cost price (£2,30 per metre medium weight and £2 per metre lightweight)
-you will need to purchase a sewing bobbin from your tutor for £1 refundable at the end of the course.
-Please bring or wear leggings to allow for accurate measuring.

What you can do next

After your first term, it is possible to continue with this course to further advance your garment making skills. Or you might want to try one of the following:
Creative Pattern Cutting Draping on the Stand
Beginners Pattern Cutting
Tailoring for Men & Women