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Dressmaking for Beginners – Autumn Term


Students will construct a straightforward garment during the course such as askirt, simple dress or jumpsuit fitted perfectly to yourself.

You will gain confidence using a sewing machine and an overlocker and learn professional finishes, how to insert a zip or buttonholes, how to read a commercial pattern and understand its terminology. The course is designed for those with basic or no previous knowledge of sewing. Whether you haven’t done any sewing in 40 years or have never sat at a sewing machine in your life, this course is for you.

By the end of the course you will be able to operate a sewing machine, construct a simple garment and choose commercial patterns, fabric and haberdashery appropriate for your use. In addition to the cost fees, students will be required to purchase their own material, pattern and sewing sundries.

Students are required to bring large and small sharp fabric scissors, pins, tape measure and thread to every lesson. Please could students wait until after first class before purchasing pattern and fabric as this is topic of first class. Students need to budget around £20-50 for materials for their chosen garment

Tutors: Claire Smith. This course will run on a Tuesday evening 1830-2100


Suitable for the complete beginners or student with some previous knowledge

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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