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Sewing - Dressmaking - Beginners

Course code: IPXV301P

Subject area: Homecrafts

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

18:30 - 21:00

Days of week:


Course date:

25th Sept 2024 - 11th Dec 2024

Course location:

Cheney School

Contact details


01235 555 585

This course is part one of a three-part programme, aimed at complete beginners or those who have very little sewing experience.
You will gain confidence in the use of a sewing machine, learn basic sewing techniques, and follow instructions to produce a Tote bag.
College sewing machines are available, but you may bring your own machine.

During the course you will: Learn how to thread your sewing machine. How to alter the tensions/change the needle/basic maintenance. How to use the different attachments for different stitches, effects, and finishes. Produce a range of samples and samplers to illustrate the above Cover basic sewing techniques to produce a Tote bag.

You will need a basic sewing kit: Fabric scissors, paper scissor, colour headed dressmaking pins, sewing needles, tape measure, tailors chalk or fabric marking pens, tacking thread. Folder with 10 plastic sleeves

Plus:Plain cotton fabric or calico with contrast sewing thread for the samples/sampler (1 metre of fabric) Fabric and thread for your Tote bag (to be discussed during the course) Pens/pencils/writing paper *Do not buy any materials until your course is confirmed as running.NB. If you are bringing your sewing machine, please ensure it is in full working order and you have the manual and attachments with you.

In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information two weeks prior to the start date. Please note there are no teaching sessions on 30/10/2024.

No refreshments available, please bring your own.Free parking onsite.

What next?
Improvers Dressmaking
Quilting and Patchwork for Beginners courses
Roman Blind or Creative Cushions and Bags workshops.
Oxfordshire Adult Learning offer a wide range of similar workshops and courses, please check our website for further information.
Entry criteria
This course is suitable for complete beginners or for those who have a little knowledge but want to start from the basics and improve their skills, knowledge and techniques.
Fee information
As part of your course we may organise trips to assist you with your learning. Trips are optional, and you will not be penalised if you choose not to participate.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course costs. Call 01235 216 212 for more information.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £90.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £90.00

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

Learning & method assessment
Practical – samples, sampler, and Tote bag. Self and peer assessment.
Q&A, Discussion, 1:1’s
To track your progress and achievement you will be required to complete a short document.