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Sewing - Dressmaking for Improvers

Course code: ICAR303P

Subject area: Homecrafts

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

6:30pm - 9:00pm

Days of week:


Course date:

4th Mar 2024 - 8th Jul 2024

Course location:

Abingdon Campus

Contact details


01235 555 585

This course is designed to extend all aspects of dress making and garment construction using a commercial pattern. To read more complex patterns and use a wider range of sewing techniques and use of machines and attachments. You will gain confidence and skills in a relaxed and friendly learning environment.
During the course you will build upon your existing skills and knowledge to produce a summer dress that can be lined, a blouse or shirt. You will learn how to take body measurements and amend your pattern before producing a toile for fitting before making your dress, blouse or shirt.

1. Take body measurements accurately

2. How to choose paper patterns and buy suitable fabric

3. How to adjust patterns & fit a toile.

4. How to follow pattern instructions, cut out & make a garment

5. Cover construction methods such as collars inserting sleeve & openings

6. Cover simple pattern adaptations

7. Use & maintenance of the sewing machine

8. Identify fashion trends

Do not buy any materials until your course is confirmed as running.

Sewing machines are provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Information about patterns, fabric and sewing equipment will be given at the first session.

Some items to bring with you:

A4 Ring binder & 12 plastic sleeves

A4 lined and plain paper, pen, pencil, ruler, rubber and calculator.

1.5 metres of calico

Basic sewing equipment:

Fabric, paper and embroidery scissors, colour-headed pins, hand sewing needles, tape measure, tailors chalk, marking pen.

Please note there will be no teaching sessions on 01/04/24, 08/04/24, 15/04/24, 06/05/24, 27/05/24

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

What next?
You will be able to use the skills, knowledge and techniques you have learnt and apply them to drafting more advanced blocks and patterns.
Entry criteria
There are no entry requirements for this course, however ideally you will have some knowledge of sewing. Those with lots of experience who wish to extend their skills and returning learners from previous courses are welcome.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2023 prior to starting the course.

Fee information
Additional costs include purchase of:

A pattern, calico and fabric for each garment plus sewing thread, buttons, interfacing etc.

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these 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: £75.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £75.00

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. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
Learning & method assessment
As this is a non-accredited course, informal methods of assessment will be used. You will be required to complete a RARPA form which represents Recognising and Recording your Progress and Achievement. As this is a not accredited informal methods of assessment will be used, such as, observations, self-assessment, question & answer, practical exercises and 1:1s with the tutor. You will be required to complete some assessment paperwork and you will be able to assess your own progress.