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When & Where

Suitable For

  • 18 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Vanda Finney
  • Course Code W21FASA04D

What you will learn

The course is suitable for you if you have achieved competence in the use of simple patterns, machinery and garment construction but wish to improve and develop your skills to a professional level in all types of garment making. Previous attendance of x 2 Beginners Clothes Making courses (or equivalent) will provide a good foundation for the Intermediate level. The Advanced level is suitable for those who have completed two or more intermediate level courses(or equivalent). You may wish to enrol on the morning and afternoon class to benefit from a full day's tuition .

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use body measurements to choose an appropriate pattern size
  • Use fitting techniques to create a garment to fit your own body type
  • Execute and record pattern alterations for appropriate level
  • Select fabric appropriate for skill level and garment styles
  • Use and analyse commercial pattern instructions
  • Execute construction and finishing techniques to a professional finish


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Mode of delivery: In centre Activities: Teaching is as a whole class and an individual one to one basis. Demonstrations, discussions, examples, samples, hand-outs and other technical support materials are used where appropriate. Students will be actively encouraged to make notes and photo documentation as the course progresses. Assessment methods: Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the learning outcomes above. 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 courses. In order to ensure you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor.

    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. 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, Layout patterns.
    • measure grainlines and cutout fabric following lay plans.
    • Understand pattern markings.
    • Use a sewing machine accurately and safely. 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:
    • Have a good knowledge of pattern adjustments.
    • Construction and finish garments to a high standard.
    • Solve intermediate construction problems independently. For Students to fully benefit from this course it is important that they have the correct level of existing skills. If after the first session, it becomes apparent that this is not the right course for you, we can arrange a transfer to an alternative course at the right level for you, subject to availability.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    COVID SAFETY guidance: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/help/our-response-to-covid-19/.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 long periods of standing. 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, there is lift access; Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – bottled water is allowed. 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.

    What you need

    • A sewing kit: fabric scissors, trimming scissors, tape measure, Dressmaking, tailor’s chalk, needle and threads.
    • Pattern Alteration Equipment: Paper Scissors, Tracing Wheel, Carbon Paper, Scotch/Magic tape, Pencils and coloured pens, rubber.
    • Stationery: Notebook and A4 folder.
    • 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. New students will be able to buy a pattern during the first lesson for no more than £6.
    •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 £2.00 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.