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Beginners Basic Dressmaking

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  • Duration
    2 months

  • Start Date
    Monday 28th October 2019

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • Monday 28th October 2019, Part Time


Have you learnt the basics of sewing? Do you feel ready to start making your own clothes and do not know where to start? If the answer is yes.... then this is the course for you. You will get to expand your sewing skills and techniques whilst making your own custom garments from commercial patterns.

The course will cover:
Basics of Dressmaking: tools, how to measure body and choosing the right patterns , commercial sewing patterns, choosing fabric, marking up, laying pattern pieces, and making test garments

Skills and techniques: how to sew darts and shape fabric to fit around body, inserting zips into seams, application of binding, facings for neck and armholes, adding sleeves, hems, adding waistbands, adding buttons, loops, snaps and hooks, elastic and simple decorative finishing techniques.

Sample Garments: During the course you will explore making simple garments and make samples of techniques for future reference, this may include simple top with sleeves, basic skirt, sleeveless shift dress or pyjama trousers.

You will need to buy your fabric, patterns and accessories for each project. Materials will be provided for making samples of techniques.

Course date: Mondays 28/10/19 - 16/12/19 6-9pm
Duration : 8 weeks,

Please bring for your first session, notepad, pencil, basic sewing kit and ring binder with clear pockets.

Why Our College?

Specialist teaching staff

Our courses are delivered by in-house expert teaching staff and external specialists

Industry standard facilities

Courses are held at our Ipswich Road campus, ensuring you have access to our cutting edge college facilities

A wide range of courses

We offer a wide range of part time and evening courses

Entry Requirements

Either attended the Basic Sewing course or have a basic knowledge of sewing.



Please note that courses may be cancelled if minimum numbers are not met. Please be aware that if you are no longer able to attend your course you will be offered an alternative date where available, however no refunds are available unless this course is cancelled by City College Norwich.