Clothes Making Intermediate and Advanced

When and Where

8 Jan 2020 - 25 Mar 2020 (33 hours, 11 weeks)
Days and times
Wednesday 10:00 - 13:00
Morley College London


Full fee
£320 Staged Payments available
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

Vanda Finney
Course code

What you will learn

This course is perfect for you if you wish to develop your skills in garment making, improve your understanding of the use of commercial patterns, producing a garment that fits well and is finished to a professional standard.
This is an intermediate/advanced course. Intermediate level students must have completed 2 or more terms at beginner level, (one must be a top with sleeves.) Advanced students will have completed two or more intermediate level courses at Morley College or have equivalent experience. If progressing from beginner level, it would be more beneficial for you to join the intermediate/advanced course in term 1, see entry requirements below for more detail. You will work at your own pace together with students of different levels, sharing and benefiting from each other’s experiences in a friendly environment.

Projects/patterns for intermediate level students vary from term to term & include Shirt /tunic top, Princess style dress & Shirt dress. Your Tutor will discuss this in the first session . These are selected to develop student’s construction skills and finishing techniques to an intermediate level. The design features (e.g. collars, plackets,) will encourage you to pay more attention to detail and sew with more precision. This valuable knowledge will enable you to create a sustainable wardrobe full of items you love to wear.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Use body measurements to choose an appropriate pattern size
  • Use fitting techniques for appropriate level
  • Execute and record pattern alterations for appropriate level
  • Select fabric appropriate for skill level
  • Use and analyse commercial pattern instructions
  • Execute construction and finishing techniques to a high standard
  • Solve intermediate/advanced construction problems and think independently

Class format and activities

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. Students are encouraged to work independently and learn from each other.

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. You will not achieve the desired learning outcomes if you cannot attend fully. You must inform your tutor of the reasons for any lateness or absences.

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 & Advanced mixed level class. It is not suitable for complete beginners. Basic numeracy and English language speaking, listening and reading skills are essential.

VFC013A: If you are progressing from the beginner’s course, joining the intermediate/advanced course in term 1 would be more beneficial to you.

VFC013B/C: If you are progressing from beginner level, the content of this term’s intermediate/advanced course will be quite intensive.

Intermediate | 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.

Advanced | You are eligible for advanced level if you have completed two or more intermediate level courses at Morley College or have equivalent experience. You should also be able to:

• Adjust patterns independently and have good knowledge of your body shape;
• Execute construction and finishing techniques to a high standard;
• Solve intermediate construction problems independently.

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 scissors, trimming scissors, tape measure, basting thread;
• Dressmaking pins and tailor’s chalk;
• Tracing wheel and carbon paper;
• Masking tape OR Magic tape;
• Paper scissors;
• A stationery kit: pens, pencils, rubber/eraser, notebook, A4 ring binder
• Coloured fineliner pens (optional).


• You must provide your own fabrics, haberdashery, threads, etc. for use on your projects but the purchase of these will be discussed during the first lesson
• Advanced students must provide their own patterns. Intermediate students will be able to buy a pattern during the first lesson for no more than £10;
• Paper and card are available for use in the classroom;
• Calico for making Toliles is available at cost price (£2.30 per metre medium weight and £2.00 per metre light weight);
• 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

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
Clothes Making: Occasion and Evening Wear