When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Deborah Andrews
  • Course Code W21FASA02B

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 this course, you will be able to:

  • To follow pattern instructions sheets with an increased level independence
  • To make pattern adjustments using basic methods
  • To make pattern alterations to make the garment fit well
  • To select suitable fabrics
  • To understand and follow pattern instructions sheets independently
  • To use a sewing machine safely and correctly
  • To construct a garment to a good standard and finish


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Teaching is delivered by an experienced and qualified tutor, both as a whole class, small group and 1-1 discussions. We have up-to-date digital software to enable us to make real time videos as well as show in –class video demonstrations and external links. We encourage you to take photos of each stage of your work and provide explanations of each stage of construction, support reading the pattern as well as group discussion/ troubleshooting and weekly Q and A with the tutor. Assessment methods: Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the above learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals, i.e. progression to an advanced level course. 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. Attendance and punctuality is crucial. To enable you to achieve the desired learning outcomes .Please inform your tutor for the reasons of any lateness or absences.

    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 the equivalent of 2 Terms of the Clothesmaking for Beginners 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 very intensive; punctuality and good attendance are necessary.
    • Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.
    • The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Sear Building.
    • There is wheelchair access to the fashion studios the via a lift and a stair-lift to the second floor (Textiles).
    • Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – no liquids at all are allowed.
    • This course may involve standing at the large tables or students can work sitting down, working at the smaller desks.
    • Please see this link for Covid safety guidance: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/help/our-response-to-covid-19/
    • This will be updated according to any changes in Government guidance.

    What you need

    Please note: All students make the same type of garment: 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. It is advisable to book at least one week before the start of the course, so that you can buy a pattern for the course in advance. Commercial pattern and any other materials you may need to buy for the course are available to purchase online or in your local fabric shop. Alternatively, you may have a pattern already that you would like to use. You will also need Thread and fabric for final garment (you do not need to buy before the start of the course) Basic sewing kit (scissors, pins, tape measure, un-picker) Pen and paper/notebook

    What you can do next

    We run a wide range of fashion and design courses including but not limited to Fashion Illustration, Pattern Cutting, Tailoring and Lingerie or general Clothes Making courses for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. There are also shorter, one and two –day courses such as using an overlocker, zips masterclass, and stretch childrenswear. Please consult the website for more information.