Clothes Making: Occasion and Evening wear

When and Where

20 Apr 2018 - 6 Jul 2018 (33 hours, 11 weeks)
Days and times
Friday 13:30 - 16:30
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

Linda Powell
Course code

What you will learn

Dressing up in occasion and evening wear is something that we have been doing throughout history. Take this opportunity to make your own individual occasion or evening wear garment that is completely unique to you. Alongside this you will learn from weekly demonstrations covering a range of techniques including working with bias, working with specialty fabrics, and shaping garments with boning. We will also look at the history of occasion and evening wear in fashion as well as current designers such as Lanvin and Vivienne Westwood that are known for their occasion wear pieces in their collections.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • use a purchased vintage or modern occasion or eveningwear pattern
  • produce a toile and fit your garment
  • apply a variety of eveningwear sewing techniques to your project
  • complete your garment to a professional standard
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of evening/ occasion wear fashion from the 1920Æs-1950Æs and some contemporary designers

Class format and activities

Teaching is both to the whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, hand-outs and other technical support material 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

Please follow our guidance below as a general rule. If you would like to speak to a member of the Fashion department before enrolling please contact Art & Design enquiries at: or phone: 0207 450 1934

Many of the Fashion courses at Morley are graded according to your previous experience. You must have achieved intermediate level in constructing garments and working with patterns, this course is not suitable for beginners. Students should have completed at least 2 terms of Clothes Making: Beginner's or be able to demonstrate that they have successfully constructed and completed at least 3 garments from commercial patterns.

You should also have the following skills and experience:
Applicants for this course must have intermediate level sewing and pattern cutting experience.
• Students must be able to follow beginners instructions
• Students must know how to adjust patterns using basic methods
• Students must be able to use pattern lays, grainline and selvedge
• Students must be able to use sewing machinery accurately
• Students must be able to construct garments to a good standard
• Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English
• Mathematics and numeracy skills are desirable but not essential

What you need to know before you enrol

• 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 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

a basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, small scissors, dressmaker’s pins, tape measure
• sewing thread, hand sewing needles
• paper scissors
• notebook, pen, A4 ring binder
• projects will be discussed during the first session and you may need to purchase a pattern for the following week
• you must provide your own fabrics, haberdashery, threads, etc. for use on your projects
• paper and card are available for use in the classroom
• calico is available at cost price from your tutor for toiling

What you can do next

Depending on the complexity of your design, projects may take more than one term to complete. This course is being offered on a continuing basis so that you may re-enrol to complete your garment. Lectures and demonstrations will vary to ensure new and returning students will benefit. There are also a wide variety of related courses available, including Fashion History, Draping on the Stand, and The Bias Drape. Please take a look here or consult the course guide for further details.