Course Information

Sewing - Upcycle - Sustainable Fashion (Cheney School)

ICXN081P

Subject area: Art and Design

Course Type: Part Time

Course Overview

This course will encourage you to creatively upcycle and refashion old clothing and linen into new wearable garments or other items. Some sewing knowledge is required, and some knowledge of dressmaking or garment construction is ideal. You will be able to transform an item of your own into something “new,” and gain skills and ideas in careful cutting and reconstruction of garments.


Course Content

We will share creativity to look at old clothing etc. in a new light and refashion it into something new.

You will be able to:

1. Adopt a “waste not want not” attitude in regards to old clothing, bedlinen, bags etc.

2. Alter or completely restructure an item into something new.
Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted visits and have a responsibility to ensure we meet/exceed their requirements. As a result of this you will find you will be expected to understand the government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values as well as complete quality monitoring paperwork as part of the course.


Entry Requirements

Learners would find it useful to have some knowledge of sewing - and dressmaking and garment construction if clothing is to be refashioned. There are no entry requirements for this course.

Enrolment numbers to our courses are reviewed regularly. To avoid disappointment it is advised to enrol early. Course viability decisions are made two weeks prior to the course start date. Any course changes are communicated via email so please ensure you check your email accounts running up to the course start date.

On the first week of the course you will be required to bring along one form of identification. This could be a passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please Note: Students should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2018.


Learning Methods & Assessment

As this is a mainly practical course teaching methods will be a mixture of discussion, demonstration and practice with 1 to 1 guidance from the tutor. As this is a non-accredited course informal methods of assessment will be used. These include self-observation and discussion with your tutor and tutor observation.


Where Next?

You can develop your skills and techniques by enrolling on a dressmaking course.


Fee Information

Most courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded, the published fee takes account of that funding. Before you are accepted onto a course you will need to meet a number of conditions relating to your entitlement to funding e.g. your age, residency status within the UK/EEA and prior qualification level. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course cost, call 01235 216 298 for more information.

The 19+ full fee button displays the full fee that may apply, the rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. Also see the Course Fees & Finance page under the Info Centre link at the top of the screen.


  • Adult full fee

Course Details

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Days: Tuesday

Date: 04 Jun 2019 - 09 Jul 2019

Location: Cheney School

Contact Details

Abingdon Campus: 01235 555 585

Witney Campus: 01993 703464
(Common Leys)

enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk