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

Location Coleridge Community College

Day Wednesday

Start Date 25 April 2018

Time 10.00am - 12.00noon

Weeks 10 weeks

Price £105 (£69 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.

By the end of the course (full academic year – 3 terms) you will have the opportunity to:

• know how to use a lockstitch and overlock sewing machines
• learn how to use a domestic dressmaking pattern
• understand the importance of a well fitted garment
• know how to assemble a garment in the correct order
• learn a variety of dressmaking skills eg. inserting zips, different seam finishes, pockets, hems etc.
• appreciate how to use a variety of fabrics eg. stretch, velvet etc
• learn a variety of dressmaking skills to produce a professional finish eg attaching collars, cuffs, pockets, button, etc.
• make garments including more complicated skills and processes
• work on achieving a professional finish to their garments
• make more complicated garments eg. coats, jackets etc
• altering patterns
• using luxurious fabrics
• working more independently

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, and 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.

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. Please bring an old sheet or quilt cover or old fabric to your 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 and Train office is able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.



  • For full course information: http://adult-education.parksidefederation.org.uk/
  • We are able to accept bookings over the phone, please have your credit/debit card to hand.
  • Places on any courses are only secure upon receipt of the FULL payment.
  • Loyal Learners receive 5% discount towards the cost of any course in the 2017/18 academic year, to qualify for the discount full payment must be received before the enrolment deadline. For full terms and conditions contact the office.
  • Postal enrolments with fees are welcome (please DO NOT send cash), make cheques payable to Parkside Federation Academies.
  • Enrolments via email MUST NOT contain card payment details.
  • Enrolments are welcome throughout the year.
  • Courses with fewer than the relevant number of learners may have the option of continuing on payment of supplementary fees or the length of the course reducing.
  • Upon enrolment you will receive learner information about college support and signposts to policies and regulations. If you do not have an email address please pick up a copy of the terms and conditions from the Adult Learn & Train office.


  • Fees are payable in full when you enrol. We accept all major debit and *credit cards (*we do not accept American Express), cheques (made payable to Parkside Federation Academies), or cash (in person).
  • Please note should you choose to withdraw from the course you will still be liable to pay any outstanding instalments.
  • Refunds will only be paid in full when a class is closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment at least two weeks before the course starts. If you decide to cancel less than two weeks before the course starts you will receive a 50% refund. Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund if a course has already started.
  • Concessionary fees are available if you: are in receipt of the “Guaranteed Credit” element of the Pension Credit / have an income equivalent to the Government low income threshold, are in receipt of a means tested benefit or who are unemployed. Proof must be shown at enrolment, otherwise the full fee will be charged.

Learner Information:

  • If you have supplied your email address, you will receive a confirmation email following your enrolment. If you have not received this, please contact the Adult Learn & Train team on 01223 712340 or learnandtrain@parksidefederation.org.uk. If the course is cancelled, we will contact you to offer an alternative or a full refund.
  • Free Parking is available in the evening at all centres on a first come first serve basis. During the day spaces are extremely limited in the car park – street parking is available a short walk away. If you require accessible parking please contact the centre concerned to reserve a space.
  • All college premises are strictly NO SMOKING sites, any learners wishing to smoke are asked to do so away from the immediate vicinity of the college.
  • In the event of severe weather conditions that result in school closure: please check the website or tune into local radio for up-to-date information.

Some courses are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency

Equalities and Diversity Statement: We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and welcome enrolments from everyone.

We positively encourage all learners with any concerns about specific needs which might affect their learning to discuss their requirements with us in confidence. We believe that everyone is entitled to learn in an environment that is free from discriminatory behaviour so that we build a community based on mutual trust and respect.

We will ensure that resources and equipment are accessible to all and make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all learners can access activities.

Safeguarding Statement: Arrangements have been made to make sure that you are safe in this centre. If you feel you are not safe for any reason, for example through verbal or physical abuse or you have been discriminated against, please tell your tutor or the centre manager, who will investigate to ensure your safety.

Adult Learn and Train reserve the right to withdraw tuition and exam entries in the event of verbal, physical or intimidating behaviour to other learners, tutor or staff.

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