Half Term – No classes from 24th October to 28th October – Classes will run as normal on Monday 31st October. The Adult Learn and Train Office is closed until Tuesday 1st November.
No evening classes at Parkside Community College on Tuesday 1st November due to Sixth form Open Evening.

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

Location Coleridge Community College

Day Wednesday

Start Date 21 September 2016

Time 10.00am - 12.00noon

Weeks 10 weeks

Price £100 (£65 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 & Train office is able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.


Enrolment and Payment (your next step)

Download an enrolment form available from the website www.parksidefederation.org.uk, you can also request one to be sent to you by calling (01223) 712340 or collecting one from our office. Please forward your enrolment form along with payment (Credit/debit card, cheque -payable to Parkside Federation Academies or cash in person) to Learn and Train, Coleridge Community College, Radegund Road, Cambridge, CB1 3RJ.

Fees can only be refunded where the course fails to attract sufficient learners to make the course viable.

Enrolment Dates:

You can enrol any time from 1st July 2011; we are holding enrolment events this year:

Parkside  Saturday 10th September  10.00-12.00

Manor  Thursday 8th September  10.00-12.00

Coleridge  Thursday 8th September  18.00-19.30

Term Dates:

Autumn term starts: 19th September 2011
Half term: 24-28 October 2011

Spring term starts: 09th January 2012
Half term: 13-17 February 2012

Summer Term: 16th April 2012
Half Term: 04 - 08 June 2012

We will also be closed on Bank holidays.

Contact Details:

Adult Learn and Train at Coleridge and Parkside Community College 01223-712340
Adult Learn and Train at Manor Community College 01223 712406

E-mail: learn&train@parksidefederation.org.uk


Blue badge holders: If you require disabled parking please contact the centre concerned in advance to reserve a space otherwise we cannot always assure one is available.

Coleridge Community College: There is limited amount of parking at Coleridge during the day; there is a Car Park on the right and parking on the road outside the College.

Parkside Community College: There is No parking in the day time available but there are two car parks available at the front and back of the school in the evening. (Please note: the car park is ONLY available for those using the college)

Manor Community College: There is parking available at the side of the school.

Cambridgeshire County Council supports a wide range of Adult Learning opportunities across Cambridgeshire, including courses, clubs, community groups and family learning opportunities.

Equalities  and Diversity Statement:

"The County Council is committed to ensuring equality, recognising and celebrating difference and promoting cohesion and a sense of belonging among diverse communities."

Support for You

Further support, advice and specific courses are available for people with disabilities. Contact 01223 703530

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.

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