Clothes Making Beginners Plus ONLINE

When and Where

6 Nov 2020 - 18 Dec 2020 (21 hours, 7 weeks)
Days and times
Friday 13:30 - 16:30


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

Deborah Andrews
Course code

What you will learn

The course will provide you with the opportunity to further develop your skills and embed the general principles of clothes making and sewing using a purchased commercial pattern.
You will be familiar with sewing but not ready to move onto the Intermediate / Advanced Clothesmaking.
Attending this course will build your knowledge and skills as you work on slightly more advanced garment types than offered in the Clothesmaking Beginners.
The Autumn Term will be a skirt, Spring term is a top, Summer Term will be trousers.
Progression to Intermediate / Advanced level is possible once you have achieved competence at using commercial patterns and making simple garments with a degree of and independence.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • To follow pattern instructions sheets with an increased level independence
  • To make pattern adjustments using basic methods
  • To select suitable fabrics
  • To use a sewing machine safely and correctly
  • To use a sewing machine safely and correctly
  • To participate effectively in online learning
  • To participate effectively in online learning

Class format and activities

Teaching is delivered ONLINE both as a whole class, small-group discussions and teaching, using video demonstrations and external links, photos and explanations of each stage of construction, as well as group discussion/ troubleshooting and weekly 1-2-1 Q and A with the tutor. In order to ensure you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from them.
There is an experienced and well-staffed Morley IT Department which will assist you setting up for the online course.
Good attendance and punctuality is crucial. You will not achieve the desired learning outcomes if you cannot attend fully. Please inform your tutor regarding any lateness or absences.
However, as the demos and much of the content will be available from the start of the course, it is anticipated that some students might choose to work independently between classes, particularly if they miss a class. Sessions will run 1.30pm – 4 pm online + 1 demonstration video and/or link to be sent per week. So, you will receive at least 3 hrs total active teaching and learning per week.

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 is a post Beginner’s course.
All are welcome, suitable for people with some previous experience before coming to Morley or who have done at least 2 Terms of the Clothesmaking for Beginners Course.
*Autumn 2020 - Access to a working sewing machine at home IS ESSENTIAL. Access to a desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone IS ESSENTIAL.
You do not need any previous experience of participating an online course.
Students must be able to communicate, read and write in English, and basic numeracy is an advantage.

What you need to know before you enrol

This course is held online, so you need internet and access to a working sewing machine – even if it’s on loan!
You will be sent all the relevant information of what you need to buy for the course in advance. The commercial pattern and any other materials you may need to buy for the course are available to purchase online.
Working on patterns and cutting out fabric can involve standing at the table or sitting at the machine for a period of time.
This course requires some study/completion of activities outside of class time. This will mainly involve prepping your work for the class in advance and watching any demos or doing samples/practice sewing.
Enrolment closes one week before the course commences.

What you will need for your class

Commercial pattern: Simplicity 6053
NB All students make the same pattern: In Term 1 we make a skirt, Term 2 is a top, Term 3 is trousers). Please check the size on your pattern. Most patterns are multi-sized.
Sewing machine
Access to internet
Thread and fabric for final garment (no need to buy before the start of the course)
Basic sewing kit (scissors, pins, tape measure, unpicker)
Set Square or Pattern Master
Pen and paper/notebook
Dressmakers paper, brown paper or baking parchment
Skirt pattern:
There are lots of websites that supply clothes patterns. Here are just 2 examples…

What you can do next

Intermediate /Advanced level courses in clothes making. Beginner Plus level will provide a thorough foundation in the subject and is a good bridging course between Beginners and Intermediate / Advanced.
Once you have achieved a good foundation in skills, we offer a wide range of further a wide variety specialist courses in clothes making or other types of fashion construction or design, for example Lingerie, Costume, Swimwear, Millinery, Pattern Cutting Beginners, Introduction to Fashion Design.
Want to go further? Our Access to Fashion Diploma course can be the first step to making Fashion your new career.
For more details: