Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own clothes? We offer different length fashion courses aimed at absolute beginners and those who want to further develop their clothes making skills, or add pattern cutting as another technique in garment construction. We have a range of courses such as how to use a sewing machine, make clothes for yourself, family and children. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.
Want to advance your skills? This course is a great way to develop your clothesmaking skills in order to construct a shirt, enhance your finish and create a timeless addition to your working wardrobe. Suitable for both mens' and ladieswear.
Practice working with a jersey / stretch fabric & sew a comfortable & wearable top from a pattern which can be adapted into a dress. Learn how to cut, sew and work neatly. Suitable for those with some sewing experience.
Learn how to make your own clothes. This beginner's course will teach you how to use the sewing machine, as well as basic sewing techniques and processes. Start by sampling, then construct a simple garment.
Learn the basics of hand sewing and build your confidence in using this skill to repair and adapt. Get to grips with a variety of simple stitches to make seams and hems, and attach buttons. Tutor: Heather Belcher.
Become familiar with the sewing machine, learning how to thread up and use the machine safely and competently. Practise machine stitching different seams, hems and inserting a zip. Basic materials included.
An introduction to a range of construction and decoration techniques for hand-stitched leather goods and accessories. Explore the decorative qualities of vegetable-tanned leather and learn how to make belts, cuffs, purses, boxes and small bags in firm leather. Tutor: Katherine Pogson.
Make a simple, folding leather wallet by hand over two evenings. You will be guided step by step, with the option to adapt the pattern to your own design. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Tutor: Katherine Pogson.
Start the new season with a custom-made messenger bag! Learn to adapt a pattern, cut out, attach buckles and other fittings, and construct your own bag in firm hide, incorporating fabric if you wish. Tutor: Katherine Pogson.
Breathe new life into old fabrics and unused clothing. You will be taught how to upcycle garments by deconstructing and re-constructing, draping on the stand, using design skills, textile stitch skills and print techniques.
Bring your own sewing project and be guided by an industry professional. Skills you could develop include - altering patterns to fit, couture sewing techniques, or guidance with creating a more complicated garment from a pattern.