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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Jean Ross-Timmes
  • Course Code W24FASA06A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Learn how to make one of your favourites! Without naming names in the Autumn we look at the Grand Dame of Punk, in the Winter we look at the designer who brought us the New Look and in the Summer we explore the work of the world renowned female Japanese designer. You will explore the way of working from sketch to finished garment of one of these exciting designers/design houses as you draw inspiration from their work to create a design appropriate to your skill level. Using techniques particular to the methodology of the house and using reverse engineering you will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the way in which the designs are brought to life. After being introduced to an overview of the designer's work you will immerse yourself into the ways of working in an atelier and set upon creating a design as guided by your tutor.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Evaluate a designer's work from photo or sketch
  • Use appropriate pattern cutting techniques to work in a designer's signature style
  • Use appropriate garment making techniques to work in a designer's signature style
  • Engage with a designer's work on a deeper level

Class format and activities

Teaching is both to the whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, hand-outs and other technical support material where appropriate. You will receive feedback throughout your course to help you develop your skills. For you to be able to achieve on this practical class punctuality and attendance are key. Please inform your tutor of any absences. Microsoft Teams will be used for general class specific communication and for posting additional information. Health and safety inductions are planned into your course delivery, and you are asked not to use any machinery or specialist equipment until you have received specific training. Morley provides a positive and friendly atmosphere and to support this all students should be considerate and kind and work in a collegiate and collaborative way and to not monopolise the tutor.

Entry requirements

This is a mixed level course, all are welcome. Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English. Digital, mathematics and numeracy skills are desirable but not essential.

What you need to know before you enrol

Activities in class 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 Seear building and there is lift access to the first floor. Please note eating and drinking is not allowed in the fashion studios - you are allowed to have bottled water.

What you need

A basic sewing kit: sharp fabric scissors, trimming scissors, dressmaker’s pins, tape measure a variety of hand sewing needles and sewing threads A basic pattern drafting kit: pattern curves, pencils, sharpener, rubber, paper scissors, masking tape A basic note taking kit: notepad, pens, pencils, sharpener, rubber, calculator, A4 ring binder for hand outs -You must provide your own fabrics, haberdashery, threads, etc. for your projects and this will be discussed towards the beginning of your course -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 -Depending on your class you may need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course.

What you can do next

Ready for more? So are we! Try our next instalment of Fashion Greats: Make Your Own next to continue building on your skills or explore some of our other clothes making or pattern cutting courses. Continue your journey with us in a variety of engaging courses on offer all the way up to a full BA (Hons) in Fashion Design. Visit today for more inspiration and information!