september, 2024

2024thu26sep(sep 26)7:00 pmthu05dec(dec 5)9:00 pmDressmaking 1 - Evening - FULLThis course operates a waiting list - please contact the office to register your interest on 01223 712340Coleridge Community CollegeDay:Thursday length of course: 10 weeks

Woman using a sewing machine


September 26 (Thursday) 7:00 pm - December 5 (Thursday) 9:00 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

10 weeks


Course details

Brief Description

On our Dressmaking course you will be guided through the purchase of fabrics and patterns. You will learn how to make basic pattern alterations, cut out, assemble and fit your garments. As well as this, you will be taught basic dressmaking techniques and make samples to practice your skills. There will be plenty of help with lockstitch and overlock sewing machines, if required. For the more advanced learner, you will be encouraged to make more complicated garments.

Previous Experience

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 (3 terms)

• Know how to use a lockstitch and oversewing machines.
• Learn how to use dressmaking patterns.
• Understand the importance of a well fitted garment.
• Know how to assemble a garment in the correct order.
• Learn a variety of dressmaking skills e.g. inserting
zips, different seam finishes, pockets, hems etc

• Appreciate how to use a variety of fabrics e.g. stretch, velvet.
• Learn a variety of dressmaking skills to produce a professional finish e.g. attaching collars, cuffs, pockets, buttons etc.
• Make garments including more complicated skills and processes

• Work on achieving a professional finish to your garments
• Make more complicated garments e.g. coats, jackets.
• Make pattern alterations
• Use luxurious fabrics
• Work more independently

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, an old sheet or quilt cover is ideal.

For the first session you will need to bring:

If you have a sewing machine at home you might find it beneficial.

You will need to bring a note book, 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.

Adult Learn and Train offer courses through-out the year.
Try similar courses or maybe look at learning something completely new.
You will find provision on some Saturdays and Sundays, you will also find courses available in the day and evening at different venues in Cambridge. Courses vary in length from one-off sessions to 10 weeks or more.





£152 (£92 concession) Please call the office on 01223 712340 to be added to the waiting list


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

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