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Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Vanda Finney
  • Course Code W22FASA03G
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

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 fitting and garment construction skills to a professional level in all types of garment making. Previous attendance of 2 or more Clothes Making Beginners 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). All new students joining the course will begin by Making a Classic Shirt-Style Garment - starting from personal fitting and pattern alterations, through to making a shirt in a personal fabric choice, using many intermediate features and finishing techniques.

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, can carry out basic pattern alterations such as lengthening/shortening, widening/narrowing, grading between sizes, are able to lay and cut pattern from fabric following cutting layouts, using grainlines, and transferring all markings. You must be able to 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 incl. 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 lesson.

    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, Pattern Cutting Beginners and The Tailored Jacket. Want to go further? We offer a full BA (Hons) or Access to Fashion Diploma course which can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details visit: