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Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Natalie Warner
  • Course Code W22FASA03E
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This course is suitable for you if you wish to improve and develop your sewing skills, can use a sewing machine independently, and have successfully used commercial patterns to make at least two garments, one of which should be a top with set-in sleeves. Previous attendance of at least two Clothes Making Beginners courses at Morley (one of these should be the simple top project) will also be a good foundation for Clothes Making Intermediate/Advanced. If you are progressing from beginner level, the content of this term’s intermediate/advanced course will be quite intensive. The projects for intermediate/advanced level will introduce you to styling such as fly zips, slanted front pockets, welt pockets, collars, plackets, yokes, and cuffs. These design features will encourage you to pay more attention to detail and sew with more precision. Examples of suitable patterns include M6696 (shirtdress) for spring, M7971 (fit and flare dress) for summer, and M7876 (tailored trousers) for autumn. Advanced students have the option of working independently on a project of their choice in consultation with the tutor. Regardless of skill level, all students will learn about fitting techniques and bespoke pattern alteration during the first part of the course. This valuable knowledge will enable you to create a sustainable wardrobe full of items you love to wear. During the course, you will work at your own pace together with students of different levels, sharing and benefitting from peer experiences in a friendly environment.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • use body measurements to choose an appropriate pattern size
  • use fitting techniques to an intermediate level
  • execute pattern alterations to create a well-fitting garment fit
  • select fabrics appropriate to the pattern and your skill level
  • use and analyze commercial pattern instructions
  • execute construction and finishing to a high standard


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Students are encouraged to work independently and learn from each other in a friendly environment, sharing and benefiting from each other’s experiences. 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., 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, in enabling you & the rest of the class to achieve the desired learning outcomes. If you cannot attend all sessions for any reason, please discuss this with the Tutor.

    Entry requirements

    This course is an Intermediate 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, 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.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    • Health & Safety information will be given to you at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary. You may be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow college procedures as advised.• 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 need

    -a sewing kit, pins, tape measure, -fabric and paper scissors, -a stationary kit inc. A4 ringbinder, Also, -you must provide your own fabrics, haberdashery and threads etc for use on your project but the purchase of these will be discussed in the first le

    What you can do next

    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