When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Linda Powell
  • Course Code W21FASF10A

What you will learn

On average 15% of the fabric used for any garment ends up as waste, why not try your hand at learning how to create a simple yet flattering dress whilst setting yourself a creative challenge. On this course you will learn how to pattern cut and sew a zero-waste dress. Using a provided pattern.As consumers and designers it is important for us to take responsibility for what we wear, and zero waste pattern cutting is an approach to making clothing which allows us to utilise every part of the fabric. This course is perfect for you if you wish to explore dressmaking from an ethical viewpoint, as well as offering an introduction to an alternative way of pattern making.During this short course we will explore a range of pattern cutting and sewing techniques needed to make a dress using sustainable and ethical fabric. You will learn the skills needed to pattern cut and construct the dress through demonstrations and discussions. Suitable for students who already have basic domestic sewing machine skills.

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

  • Draft a simple zero waste dress
  • Identify zero waste or less waste patterns
  • Identify what is meant by sustainable or ethical fabrics
  • Use simple, useful machine and hand sewing techniques
  • Complete a zero waste dress


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Mode of delivery: In-Centre. Activities: Teaching is both as a whole class and on an individual one to one basis, using, 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 a more advanced level course. In order 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 crucial in order to achieve the desired learning outcomes. If you cannot attend fully please inform your tutor I advance for the reasons of any lateness or absences

    Entry requirements

    Beginners welcome

    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. Working on a dressmaker’s stand can involve standing for periods of time although it is possible to sit if this is a problem. 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 Seears building and there is a lift access to the first floor. Please note the eating is not allowed in the fashion studios - you are allowed to have bottled water. Please see the following link for the Colleges response to Covid in line with Government guidance : https:/morleycollege.ac.uk/help/our-response-to-covid-19/.

    What you need

    • Please bring a pen notebook and folder to your first lesson. The tutor will discuss what tools and equipment you will need to purchase for the course at your first lesson.
    • You must provide your own fabrics and haberdashery, for use on your project. Paper and card are available for use in the classroom
    • you will need to purchase a machine bobbin from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course.

    What you can do next

    We offer a wide range of further specialist courses in clothes making, you might want to choose one of the following courses: Clothes Making Intermediate Advanced, Lingerie, Millinery, Pattern Cutting Beginners, Introduction to Fashion Design.