Fashion, sewing and clothes making

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. Embroidery patch workshop

    Embroidery patch workshop

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Embroidery patches are everywhere! It’s the perfect way to make a subtle statement or instantly update an old jumper you’ve had hidden away for years. Patches become even more fun and intriguing when you have stitched them!
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  2. Tambour bead embroidery

    Tambour bead embroidery

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the essential Tambour stitches and the knack of using a Tambour hook. Learn how to add beads and sequins to fabric to create personal work. You will also learn about specialist materials and tools.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £119.00

  3. Fashion: leather bags and accessories

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the art of cutting and manipulating fine leather. Practise twin-needle saddle stitching to create a hand-stitched leather handbag adapted to your own design.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  4. Fashion: embossed leather accessories

    Course Date: Thu 9 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make an embossed decorative leather panel to develop into a bespoke fashion accessory. Use stamps and foils and add initials to handmade leather accessories.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  5. Leather wallets

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  6. Introduction to clothes making

    Introduction to clothes making

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018 (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

  7. Introduction to using the sewing machine

    Course Date: Sun 23 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    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. Practise machine stitching different seams, hems and inserting a zip. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £69.00

  8. Introduction to hand sewing

    Introduction to hand sewing

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  9. Sewing on sundays: beginners

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Start making clothes with a fun A-line skirt in a fabric of your choice. Learn how to choose the right pattern size, lay out pattern pieces, cut out and sew seams, zips, waist facings and hems.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  10. Fashion skills: how to moodboard

    Course Date: Thu 4 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join this short course introducing you to the theory and purpose of the fashion moodboard. Using magazine cut outs, annotations and fabric samples you will assemble your ideas for a fashion collection. Includes some computer work.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  11. Fashion: beginners' sewing skills

    Course Date: Mon 22 Oct 2018
    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, incorporating, with easy techniques, a zip, buttons and waistband.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  12. Introduction to monogramming on leather

    Course Date: Mon 10 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make a hand stitched wallet or small bag with zip, and personalise it with your own gold stamped initials. You will explore decorative embossing techniques in firm hide along the way.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  13. Fashion: intermediate sewing skills

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  14. Experimental print for fashion and textiles

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  15. Leather fashion accessories

    Course Date: Sun 20 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

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