When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Deborah Andrews
  • Course Code W22FASF02B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

If you would like to learn to extend the life of your clothes and give your wardrobe a new lease of life, then this is the course for you! On this practical and creative course, you will learn tips & techniques to upcycle & alter your clothes. You will obtain the skills to repair and refashion your clothes and leave the course with a garment you will want to keep and wear. The number of garments worked on & alterations completed will depend on the complexity & students’ skills level. Projects will be discussed & negotiated with the Tutor at the start of the course. So, don't bin it, fix it.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • explore and develop various ways to extend and improve the life of your clothes
  • mark up, unpick and pin alterations into place
  • use simple hand or machine stitches as part of alteration and repair
  • use appliqued patches , hand and machine stitch as part of creativity and repair
  • make simple adjustments for a better fitting – e.g. take in or let out garments, shorten /lengthen a hem, change a zip


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Any planned alterations will be discussed & agreed by the student & Tutor before starting them. The course will consist of practical demonstrations followed by time for you to practice the techniques and alter /upcycle some of your clothes in the remaining time. Teaching is both as a whole class and on an individual one to one basis, using lectures, demonstrations, examples, samples, handouts and any other support materials where appropriate. 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 the next level course. 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 important to enable you to achieve the desired learning outcomes. If you cannot attend fully, please inform your tutor for the reasons of any lateness or absences.

    Entry requirements

    Enthusiasm for preserving and repairing your clothes in a practical and creative way. Previous sewing skills appropriate to the type of alterations you wish to undertake.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    • Working on patterns and cutting out fabric can involve standing at high tables for a period of time. Please let the tutor know if this would be difficult for you. • Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control. • The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Sears building and there is a lift access to the first floor. • Please note, eating is not allowed in the fashion studios - you are allowed to have bottled water. • punctuality and good attendance are necessary to enable achievement of the Course outcomes. • This course may involve standing at the large tables or students can work sitting down, 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

    • Bring in two used garments to work on. • a basic sewing kit with pins, threads, tape measure, fabric scissors • a notebook and pen. • Any further materials needs will be discussed in the first class.