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Sewing - Dressmaking - Beginners

Course code: IPAV301P

Subject area: Homecrafts

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

18:30 - 21:00

Days of week:


Course date:

23rd Sept 2024 - 9th Dec 2024

Course location:

Abingdon Campus

Contact details


01235 555 585

This course is part one of a three-part programme. The course is 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 aboveCover 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

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.

What next?
Improvers Dressmaking
Quilting and Patchwork for Beginners courses
Roman Blind or Creative Cushions and Bags workshops.
Entry criteria
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: £82.50

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £82.50

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £0.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £0.00

Qualifications received
As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. To track your progress and achievement you will be required to complete a short document.
Learning & method assessment
Practical – samples, sampler, and Tote bag. Self and peer assessment.
Q&A, Discussion, 1:1’s