Sewing - Dressmaking for improvers

Course code: ICXR102P

Subject area: Homecrafts

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

7:00pm - 9:00pm


26th Apr 2022 - 12th Jul 2022

Cheney School

Contact details

01235 555 585

This course covers all aspects of dressmaking and garment construction using commercial paper pattern. To improve your pattern reading, sewing skills and fitting techniques enabling you to make clothes successfully. You will learn to sew more complex designs in woven fabrics to produce partywear, costumes or summer garments. You will gain confidence and skills in a relaxed and friendly learning environment.

Course Content
During the course you will learn about fabrics, cutting out, pattern placement and reading. Using established sewing techniques to produce more complex children’s garments using different types of trimmings and decorative processes to produce exciting designs.

1. Take body measurements accurately
2. How to choose paper patterns and buy suitable fabric
3. How to adjust patterns and fit a toile
4. How to follow pattern instructions, cut out & make a garment
5. Cover basic construction methods such as seams, zips & hems etc.
6. Cover simple pattern adaptations
7. Use of different types of trimmings
8. Use of decorative processes
9. Use and maintenance of the sewing machine

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

Sewing machines are provided but you may wish to bring your own
A4 Ring binder & 12 plastic sleeves
A4 lined & plain paper, pen, pencil, ruler, rubber and calculator.
1 metre of medium weight calico or cheap plain fabric for the toile

Basic sewing equipment:
Fabric scissors, paper scissors’, embroidery scissors, colour-headed pins, hand sewing needles, tape measure, tailors chalk, marking pen and tacking thread.

Additional personal costs to learner (over and above the published fee):
A pattern, 1 metre of medium weight calico and fabric for each garment plus sewing thread, buttons, interfacing etc. Off cuts of fabric for samples.

Please note, there will be no lesson on12/03/22, 19/03/22 and 31/05/22.

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)
• Improvers dressmaking course
• Block Pattern making courses, skirt, bodice and sleeve and trouser
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.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2021 prior to starting the course.

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.
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: £154.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £154.00

19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £92.40
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £92.40

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:
Question & answer/reading
Practical exercises
1:1 tutor support
Learners make greater progress if they do some work during the week and have access to a sewing machine at home.