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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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 and waistband.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  8. Leather accessories: introduction to monogramming

    Course Date: Mon 10 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make a simple fold-over clutch or pouch in firm leather and add stamped initials for a personal touch.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  9. Fashion: intermediate sewing skills

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    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: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  10. 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

  11. 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 accessories. Explore the decorative qualities of vegetable-tanned leather and learn how to make belts, cuffs and a purse or small bag in firm leather. Tutor: Katherine Pogson.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  12. Fashion skills: visual and critical thinking

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  13. Recycled fashion: textile embellishment and print

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    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.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  14. Photoshop for fashion design

    Course Date: Wed 20 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. Sewing on sundays: improvers

    Course Date: Sun 24 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Start making clothes with this unisex shirt pattern. Take measurements correctly, choose the right pattern size, lay out and cut pattern pieces, sew contour darts, invisible zip, sleeves and neck facings. You must be able to use a sewing machine!
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

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