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Clothes making



Prior Knowledge

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

What will I learn?

By the end of the course you should be able to:

•Recognise and practise health and safety within the sewing room
•Select a suitable fabric, interfacing and notions for a chosen pattern
•Select the correct size and adjust a pattern to fit a set of measurements
•Alter a pattern after a fitting
•Lay, pin and cut a pattern accurately, using correct grain lines
•Use appropriate construction and finishing methods for fabric type and style

Subject content/topics to be covered

Intermediate students will learn how to further their sewing skills. Projects will be carefully selected according to the sewing ability and experience of each student. Students will be encouraged to challenge themselves with different fabrics and styles to improve and build on existing skills

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 achievements 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. 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 your progression route. Students will be working through set units which need to be achieved throughout the term

Additional costs

Costs of fabric, pattern, haberdashery and equipment if needed

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

To progress with work

Equipment needed for the first lesson

A sewing kit. Fabric and paper scissors, tape measure, hand sewing needles, pins, note paper and a pencil. If you are unsure your tutor will discuss this in the first lesson.

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


Clothesmaking - Intermediate Level

  • Reference DEP305-20
  • Start Date: 21 Apr 2021
  • End Date: 19 May 2021
  • Course Duration: 5 weeks
  • Time: Wed 10.00 - 13.00
  • Limited Space Available
Fee BandAmount
Full Fee122.35

Clothesmaking - Intermediate Level

  • Reference TZP136-20
  • Location: CALAT Thornton Heath Centre
  • Start Date: 09 Jun 2021
  • End Date: 07 Jul 2021
  • Course Duration: 5 weeks
  • Time: Wed 10.00 - 13.00
  • 7 places available
Fee BandAmount
Full Fee122.35
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