When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Lynda Kinne
  • Course Code W22FASE02A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This is an intensive practical course covering pattern cutting and costume making for Victorian Womenswear. Gain skills, experience and an impressive portfolio to work in film, theatre and television. There is a different focus each term, Autumn Cosplay ,Spring Victorian Menswear, Summer Victorian Womenswear .Although each term can be taken separately, attendance on all three terms will provide a wide range of skills and thorough knowledge of costume. Experience of working with patterns and constructing garments is essential.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand how the silhouette evolves throughout the Victorian era
  • Create appropriate pattern shapes through flat pattern cutting and draping on the stand
  • Use appropriate method of construction suitable to the era
  • Identify and use a wide range of suitable fabrics, trimmings and haberdashery
  • Gain an understanding of suitable understructures, including crinolines and petticoats


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Teaching is both as a whole class and an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, handouts and other technical support material where appropriate.

    Entry requirements

    This is an Intermediate level course.Before you enrol, you must have achieved the following:• Draft a simple pattern for a skirt, bodice or trouser using a standard size block,• Use a variety of pattern manipulation techniques,• Adjust patterns using basic methods ,• Use pattern lays, balance marks, grainline and selvedge ,• Use sewing machinery accurately ,• Have constructed at least 3 garments to a good standard, including 1 top,• 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

    • This course is very intensive; punctuality and good attendance are necessary.• Some study in your own time is required if you wish to take full advantage of the course.• Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.• Half-size stands will be used for the project work.• 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 need

    • a basic sewing kit: sharp fabric scissors, trimming scissors, dressmaker’s pins, tape measure, dressmaker’s carbon paper and tracing wheel• a variety of hand sewing needles and sewing threads• paper scissors, masking tape, Pritt stick• calculator, A4 ring binder• notepad, pens, pencils, sharpener and eraser Also:• you must provide your own fabrics, haberdashery, threads, etc. for your projects and this will be discussed during the first lesson• some specialised materials, including calico for toiling, are available for purchase from your tutor at cost price• some pattern cutting and garment construction tools are provided for use in the studio• paper and card are available for use in the studio• you will need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course

    What you can do next

    You can continue to attend further terms of Costume Design and Making to increase your experience, level of ability and knowledge of period. We have a wide range of other specialist courses which may be of interest. Please consult the course guide or http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/departments/fashion for further details.You may want to try one of the following:Period Corsetry of the 19th Century: Victorian and Edwardian , Fashion History: The Evolution of Style , Contemporary Embellishment: Beading as Never Before , Contemporary Embellishment: Creative Use of Trims , Professional Hat MakingWant to go further? Our Access to Fashion Diploma course can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/1296-access-to-fashion/1863