When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Vanda Finney
  • Course Code W23FASF04C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Many elements contribute to the look of a garment, not the least of which is the quality of the finish. This course is vital if you wish to develop your construction skills to produce garments to a high standard. Each term will focus on a set of challenging features for garment finishes. You will produce your own reference work of samples, notes and hand-outs. A different set of techniques is taught each term: Autumn; Sleeves and Pockets, – Spring; Zips and Closures – Summer; Collars. Each term exists as a separate course and can be taken as such or you may wish to enrol on more than one to develop your skills to a higher level.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • To produce a variety of samples
  • To use intermediate machine sewing techniques
  • To use intermediate hand sewing techniques
  • To effectively adjust the fit of various samples


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • 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 an intermediate course. Make sure that you have the skills required to join by successfully completing some of our beginner’s courses in a related field or be able to show an equivalent competence in the subject area. 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 sewing kit: sharp fabric scissors, trimming scissors, dressmaker’s pins, tape measure a variety of hand sewing needles and sewing threads. A basic note taking kit: notepad, pens, pencils, sharpener, rubber, calculator, A4 ring binder for hand outs. You must provide your own materials, 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 Couture Garment Construction and Sewing Techniques course next to continue building on your skills or explore some of our other Pattern Cutting and Garment Making 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 www.morleycollege.ac.uk today for more inspiration and information!