Course Information

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for anyone who has a basic knowledge of dressmaking and would like to develop these skills. The course will teach techniques and approaches to making garments using the appropriate facilities.

What does the course involve?

The structure of the course involves the following:

Use of materials and resources to develop techniques

  • Develop and adapt ideas creatively
  • Create, present and evaluate final garment
  • Accurate taking of body measurements
  • Fittings and alterations
  • Construction of multiple garments displaying sewing skills
  • Use of sewing machines and equipment
  • Fastenings and accessories for final garment
  • Working with basic materials such as cotton and jersey
  • Introduction to basic pattern drafting
  • Learning terminology

What makes this course special?

Participants will be learning in a relaxed atmosphere and have access to facilities that will enable them to increase skills and enjoyment in making their own clothes.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for the course but you will be expected to sew using a domestic sewing machine to a reasonable standard and have used a commercial pattern in the past to make an item of clothing.

What are the assessment methods?

Learners will be College assessed on the production of their garment(s). There are no external qualifications for this course.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

The course cost includes the calico you will need in order to practice skills before embarking on your own garments.  Learners will need to provide patterns and enough fabric and finishings (poppers, buttons, zips, piping etc) to complete a variety of projects during the 20 week course.  You will be given advice on the suitability of projects to undertake and the materials required to finish your project to a high standard.

What are the progression options?

There are an exciting range of subsidised sewing short courses offered in both Bridgwater and Taunton Campuses over the year including an Advanced Dressmaking Course in 2018.

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