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Sewing - Dressmaking - Improvers

Course code: ICWU302P

Subject area: Homecrafts

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

18:30 - 20:45

Days of week:


Course date:

7th Jan 2025 - 25th Mar 2025

Course location:

Witney Campus

Contact details


01235 555 585

This course is part two of a three-part programme. The course is aimed at learners who have completed the beginner’s dressmaking course or those who have some confidence in their sewing abilities. You will gain confidence and additional skills in the use of a sewing machine, learn garment construction techniques, and follow instructions to produce a skirt.
College sewing machines are available, but you may bring your own machine.

During the course you will: • Learn how to take body measurement and amend a pattern to fit by making a toile. • How to follow pattern instructions, cut out and make a skirt (A-line or straight) • How to insert a zip and finish the waist • How to level and hem the skirt • Cover additional sewing techniques that relate to producing a skirt including the use of an overlock/serge sewing machine.

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:A pattern for your skirt (Tutor will give you details once the course is confirmed) Calico fabric for a toile and sewing thread (1 metre of fabric) Fabric and thread for your skirt plus a zip/interfacing (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.

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 will be no class on 18/02/2025.

There are vending machines available where hot/cold drinks and snacks can be purchased. There are watercoolers on site making it easy to refill your water bottle.Should the Campus car park be full, please use Marriotts Walk or Woodford Way Car Parks which are a few minutes’ walk away.Please report to Reception on arrival. A photo-id will be issued, for you to wear when you attend classes.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government ini

What next?
Oxfordshire Adult Learning offer a wide-range of sewing courses including: Sewing - Dressmaking – Advanced, Roman Blind or Creative Cushions and Bags workshops.
Entry criteria
Ideal for learners who have completed the beginners course or have some dressmaking experience.

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 2024 prior to starting the course.

Fee information
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: £237.60

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £237.60

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £118.80

Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £118.80

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
Practical – samples, toile, and a skirt. 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.