Dressmaking: General – Please note: This class is operating a waiting list


Coleridge Community College



Start Date

23 April 2014




10 weeks


£88 (£66 concession)

Brief Description

Learners will be guided through the purchase of fabrics and patterns.  They will learn how to make basic pattern alterations, cut out, assemble and fit their garments.  As well as this, they will be taught basic dressmaking techniques and make samples to practice their skills.  There will be plenty of help with lockstitch and over lock sewing machines, if required.  More advanced learners will be encouraged to make more complicated garments.


Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

All people interested in dressmaking from beginners to the more experienced wanting to brush up their skills.


Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course participants will have the opportunity to:

  • understand the importance of a well fitted garment
  • know how to use a lockstitch and overlock sewing machines
  • appreciate how to use a variety of fabrics
  • understand how to use a dressmaking pattern
  • know how to assemble a garment in the correct order
  • learn a variety of dressmaking skills to produce a professional finish e.g. inserting zips,

attaching collars, cuffs, pockets, button, hems etc.


About Your Tutor:

Sally Tilley has been dressmaking domestically and commercially for the past 20 years.  She studied at Loughborough College of Art and worked briefly as a fashion designer before moving into teaching textiles. Since leaving the industry she has continued to take on commission work and teach dressmaking and pattern cutting courses.


Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment

In order to make a garment you will need to purchase fabric, a pattern and a sewing kit which includes: stitch scissors, dressmaking shears, steel pins, tape measure.  All of these will be discussed in the first session. Each student will also need at least one metre of fabric to make their samples, an old sheet or quilt cover is ideal.


For the first session you will need to bring:

You will need to bring a tape measure, pencil and pen.

I would advise all beginners not to buy a pattern and fabric before the first session.


On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

The tutor will advise you on progression within the college or other providers.

The Learn & Train office is able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.