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Clothes making



Prior Knowledge

To have completed a beginners course or have some experience of clothes making. To be able to thread and use a sewing machine confidently.
Learners will require a good understanding of spoken and written English and Numeracy

What will I learn?

By the end of the course depending on your level of experience you should be able to:
Take accurate measurements.
Follow paper commercial pattern instructions.
Choose appropriate fabrics and haberdashery.
Use up to date methods of garment construction such as, stitch seams, darts, panels, waistbands, facings and setting in sleeves.
Evaluate your work and recognise areas for improvement.

Subject content/topics to be covered

During the course depending on your project you will learn about:

Garment construction & fitting.
Reading and understanding a commercial pattern
Laying, cutting and marking pattern and fabric.
Hemming and finishing methods.
Fastenings including buttons and machine buttonholes and zips.
Pressing techniques.
Machine use and care.
Fabric identification & care.

Teaching learning methods

Demonstrations of techniques in small and large groups. One to one support. Handouts. A platform of teaching techniques, resources, links and suppliers

What Examinations will I be able to take?

No Exams

Assessment Pattern

Your progress and achievement will be recognised and recorded in writing throughout.
Your tutor will make initial assessments of your abilities in order to help plan your work with you and set you some learning objectives.
You will learn to evaluate your work and recognise areas for improvement with help from your tutor.
At the end of the course you and your tutor will discuss and record what you have achieved and what you
still need or want to learn.

Additional costs

Learners are expected to provide their own materials and tools where appropriate for classes. Please do not buy any expensive equipment in advance of the course apart from any essential equipment required for the first lesson which is detailed below. Tutors will give advice on the course about how and where equipment can be purchased. Costs of equipment will vary depending on individual projects undertaken. Equipment needed will cost £10-£20.

What extra work do I need to do outside the classroom?

To continue with individual projects

Equipment needed for the first lesson

Project ideas, to be discussed with the tutor, note book and pen

Other notes

Punctuality and full attendance are the requirements of this course

Progression Opportunities

CALAT offer other clothesmaking courses throughout the year, including a City and Guilds in Fashion Level 1 and 2


Creative Arts - Clothesmaking - Intermediate Level

  • Reference TZP107-22
  • Location: CALAT Thornton Heath Centre
  • Start Date: 21 Sep 2022
  • End Date: 30 Nov 2022
  • Course Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: Wed 10.00 - 13.00
  • 10 places available
Fee BandAmount
Full Fee253.00
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