Clothesmaking Courses in London

Our sewing and clothesmaking courses offer everything from full garment construction to soft furnishing accessories in the latest fabrics. Our focus for each class is to introduce skills and techniques in sequence to give space for learners to feel confident before moving onto the next step. We encourage learners to practice at home where possible to get the most out of class time.

Beginner workshops introduce you to the basics of sewing by hand, building up to confidently threading up before stitching on a sewing machine. Our studio is a supportive and welcoming environment with tutors on hand to provide both 1:1 and group demonstrations and support.

We teach all our classes on Bernina sewing machines, with each learner getting their own workspace and machine to practise on. We know accidents happen so don’t let the risk of broken needles put you off! Our height adjustable chairs and tables mean whether pattern cutting or seated stitching our facilities are accessible to all. Join the sewing revolution and book on a class today.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

  1. Introduction to fashion styling

    Introduction to fashion styling

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 1 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What is a fashion stylist? What does a fashion stylist do? This short online course will introduce you to role of a fashion stylist and cover practical exercises to try on a client or your own wardrobe.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  2. Clothes making I

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make a skirt from a simple pattern. You will be guided step by step to produce a garment in a fabric you choose, using easy techniques, and incorporating a zip and waistband.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £499.00
    Senior fee: £499.00
    Concession: £250.00

  3. Introduction to clothes making

    Introduction to clothes making

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 15 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £125.00

  4. Recycled fashion: textile embellishment and print

    Recycled fashion: textile embellishment and print

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Reclaim your old fabrics and breathe new life into unused clothing by exploring textile surface manipulation techniques and print methods including the Japanese Boro Boro technique.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  5. Introduction to using the sewing machine

    Introduction to using the sewing machine

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Become familiar with the sewing machine, learning how to thread up and use the machine safely and competently. Practice machine stitching different seams, hems and inserting a zip. Basic materials included.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  6. Sewing on Sundays II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 21 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue making clothes with this shirt making course. Choose a classic fitted womens’ style, or a loose fit unisex version. Long or short sleeves possible. You must be able to use a sewing machine, intermediate level.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  7. Interior sewing project: soft furnishings

    Interior sewing project: soft furnishings

    Course Date: Tue 23 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to use the sewing machine and be inspired to make a range of items including table runners and cushion covers, curtains, storage sacks and aprons. Giving new ideas to the home. All levels welcome.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £165.00

  8. Clothes making III

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Refine your sewing skills and knowledge on this advanced sewing class. Develop experience cutting and working neatly from a shirt, skirt or shorts pattern. Practice and understand working with luxury fabrics. Suitable for those with some sewing experience.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  9. Sewing on Sundays III

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 May 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  10. Sewing for the home

    Sewing for the home

    Course Date: Tue 1 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn some new ideas to refresh the home. Get to grips with the sewing machine and be inspired to make a range of items including table runners and cushion covers, curtains, storage sacks and aprons. Beginners level.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  11. Embroidery and embellishment for fashion and textiles

    Embroidery and embellishment for fashion and textiles

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 27 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the world of embroidery and embellishment. Explore a concept of your choice through experimentation with embroidery and embellishment techniques using hand and machine methods.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  12. Illustrated stitch: a masterclass with Rosie James

    Illustrated stitch: a masterclass with Rosie James

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 9 Aug 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Draw from your own photographs of people and buildings then learn how to stitch those drawings on to cloth using a sewing machine. Add fabric to create a completed contemporary textile artwork.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  13. Clothes making II

    Clothes making II

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Practice working with a jersey / stretch fabric and sew a comfortable and 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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £125.00

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