Fashion, Sewing & Clothes Making Courses in London

Fashion at City Lit offers a range of practical courses, with high quality teaching delivered by specialist tutors in our well-equipped studio.
• Learn essential sewing skills, both hand sewing and machine skills.
• Make your own clothes on a range of courses, that progress from beginners to intermediate and advanced, developing your sewing and garment construction skills.
• Learn specialist skills such as professional finishing techniques, fashion sketchbook, leatherwork,  accessories and embellishment.
• Be part of a supportive, creative and fun learning environment to exchange knowledge and skills between experts and peers. Tutors offer group and 1:1 teaching.
• Study courses throughout the year; day, evening and weekend, from short intensives to series of 6  to 10 week courses with progression options to help you develop your skills over the year(s).

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Clothes making II

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  2. Clothes making III

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Refine your sewing skills on this advanced sewing class. Learn to cut and sew neatly working from a jacket pattern. Gain experience and knowledge in working with luxury and difficult fabrics. Suitable for those with some sewing experience.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £349.00

  3. Introduction to clothes making

    Introduction to clothes making

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 17 Jan 2020 (and 3 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.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  4. Recycled fashion: textile embellishment and print

    Recycled fashion: textile embellishment and print

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 8 Feb 2020
    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.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  5. Introduction to fashion sketchbook

    Introduction to fashion sketchbook

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the process of creating a fashion sketch book, a very important aspect of design. Develop techniques in how to collect, research, record and process fashion design ideas.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. Sewing on Sundays II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Feb 2020
    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.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  7. Photoshop for fashion design

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 19 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use Photoshop to transform patterns and images onto fashion templates and clothing. Understand how to warp designs and texture enabling you to create mock-ups designs onto actual fabric and garment models. Intermediate experience with Photoshop and textile design necessary.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  8. Interior sewing project: soft furnishings

    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020
    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.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  9. Embroidery and embellishment for fashion and textiles

    Embroidery and embellishment for fashion and textiles

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 15 Mar 2020
    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.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  10. Introduction to using the sewing machine

    Introduction to using the sewing machine

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020 (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.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Introduction to fashion styling

    Introduction to fashion styling

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 12 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this course you will have an overview of what a is a Fashion Stylist and what her/his job is about. Through practical exercises and general information about the fashion industry you will learn the basics of styling.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Sewing for the home

    Sewing for the home

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jun 2020
    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.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  13. Sewing on Sundays III

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 21 Jun 2020
    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.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Introduction to pattern grading

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 3 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your pattern drafting skills in this introduction to womenswear manual grading course. Learn to measure and calculate resizing a basic bodice and sleeve block through eight sizes. You must be a confident pattern cutter to take part in this course.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  15. Illustrated stitch: a masterclass with Rosie James

    Illustrated stitch: a masterclass with Rosie James

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Jul 2020
    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.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

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