Sewing - Alterations and making the old look new

Course code: ICAT004P

Subject area: Homecrafts

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

10:00am - 12:00pm

Thursday

24th Mar 2022 - 24th Mar 2022

Abingdon Campus

Contact details

enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

01235 555 585

An introductory workshop in clothing alterations and how to restyle into something new.
You will gain confidence and skills in a relaxed and friendly learning environment

During the course you will make alterations to a garment or two of your choice and restyle using various techniques.

1. How measure and cut out accurately and safely
2. How to amend hemlines, waistlines, and sleeves. (lengthen, shorten, and add fullness)
3. How to follow pattern and sewing instructions to add panels, collars, pockets, and cuffs
4. Cover basic hand sewing techniques


Do not buy any materials until your course is confirmed as running.

Materials Required
Please bring no more than 2 garments with you.
- Pieces of fabric and trimmings that co-ordinate with your garments
- Matching sewing thread, spun polyester plus some cotton tacking thread
- 25cms of medium weight interfacing (for collars and cuffs)

To keep the cost down for this project check to see what pieces of fabric and trimming you have at home.

Basic sewing equipment:
Fabric scissors, paper scissors’, embroidery scissors, colour-headed pins, hand sewing needles, tape measure, tailors chalk, fabric marking pen, 30cm/12” ruler, small safety pin. Thimble


Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

You will be able to use the skills and knowledge and techniques you have learnt by enrolling on a:
• Beginners sewing course (women’s skirt project or childrenswear)
• Sewing -Macrame, Patchwork, Quilting and Rag Doll workshop -Abingdon
This course is suitable for complete beginners or for those who have a little knowledge but want to start from the basics and improve their skills, knowledge, and techniques.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2021 prior to starting the course.
Additional personal costs to learner (over and above the published fee):
Fabric plus trimmings and sewing threads that you may wish to use


Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

16 - 18 Fee


19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £14.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £14.00


19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £8.40
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £8.40

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
As this is a not accredited informal methods of assessment will be used.
For example:
Observation/Demonstration
Self-assessment
Question & answer/reading
Practical exercises
1:1 tutor support