The clothes making course 3: eve

Further develop your clothes making skills through working on your own assignments while learning new techniques. Learn collars, pleats, lining etc through demonstrations. You will receive guidance from the tutor. Not suitable for beginners.

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23/04/15 - 25/06/15


10 weeks

18:00 - 21:00

Fees ?
Full fee: £275
Senior fee: £275
Concession: £180

KS - Keeley Street

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Course outline

What is the course about?

You will have an opportunity to further your skills through working on personal projects, whilst learning new clothes making techniques.

What topics will we cover?

With individual use of a Bernina sewing machine, the tutor will guide you through advanced sewing techniques and you will also cover:
- Making collars
- Making pleats
- Attaching linings
- Choosing patterns and fabrics for your projects
- Following pattern instructions.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

- Use advance sewing skills for clothes making.
- Make collars and pleats
- Attach linings
- Demonstrate a better understanding of how clothes are made, follow a commercial pattern and understand the terminology and processes followed.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for you if you have some clothes making skills and may have completed a basic and/or an intermediate clothes making course such as The clothes making course 1 or 2. It is aimed at people who wish to advance their skills and apply advanced procedures into their sewing. This course is not suitable for beginners.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to make basic measurements and calculations.


How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be hands on with learning achieved through repetition and practicing basic clothes making techniques. You will be taught by demonstration, group and individual tuition. You will be taken through the techniques with a group demonstration and then individually as necessary. Each separate technique will be practiced and then a sample made for reference in a file. You are encouraged to keep a clothes making and sewing folder in which to keep samples, hand-outs and any note taking you will find useful and will be able to refer to outside of class. There will be recommendations for relevant books and shops and websites which will help develop your skills outsideof class. Advice will be given on courses and classes to develop skills learnt.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Only basic materials will be supplied for samples, so bring in an on-going project that you would like to work on, along with the commercial pattern, fabric and trims etc. Please also bring fabric scissors, tape measure etc. You will also need a note book and an A4 folder and plastic wallets for your sampling.

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What feedback will I get?

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.

How will I be able to give my views on the course?

Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

You may be interested in: education and careers advice; financial and childcare support; disability support; support for Deaf and hearing-impaired students; dyslexia support; English and maths support; counselling, and library services (supported learning centre). To find out what may be available to you, and how to apply, see page 340 of the 14/15 course guide, or visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Information and Advice Shop, open Monday to Friday 12:00 – 19:00 during term time, and Monday to Friday 12:00 – 17:00 out of term time. See the course guide for term dates and further details.

Who can I contact for further information?

Tel: 020 7492 2700/2703

Please email us for advice or call us during these times:

Monday - Friday: 10:00-17:00

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831.

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Tel: 020 7492 2700/2703

Please email us for advice or call us during these times:

Monday - Friday: 10:00-17:00

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831.