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Accessories For Beginners

Accessories For Beginners

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Tutor to be confirmed


Do you have a creative eye and would you like to gain basic skills in accessory design? Perhaps you have thought about creating your own accessories, but need some guidance. During this course you will develop studio-based design, research and portfolio building skills, whilst learning about basic accessory design, construction and trimmings across two areas: Bags and Headpieces.

Choose from two basic bag patterns and get creative with headpieces; designing and making fabric/jewelled hairbands, attach fashionable and decorative veils.

Some fabrics will be provided (silks for flower-making and various print and plain cottons for bags). However if you have particular fabrics you would like to use please bring them on the first day of the course (see materials list for more details).

Topics covered:
  • Design is in the detail with accessories! You will learn a range of embellishment techniques, considering both textural qualities and use of colour.
  • How to make a bag from one of two patterns provided
  • Designing and making fabric/ jewelled hairbands with decorative veils attached
  • Traditional Flower-making tools will be available for anyone keen to incorporate this area of Couture Design into their work
  • Research and design development

  • Outcomes:

    By the end of the course you will leave with at least one finished piece (for example one bag or item of headwear) and have had an opportunity to try other techniques. Plus a sketchbook of ideas for your portfolio for further study and design development.

    Who should take this course:

    Experimentation and creative development are key, so if you have lots of ideas and can hand sew then this class will be suitable.


    Entry requirements:

    This course is low-tech, so no previous machine sewing or pattern-cutting skills are required, however you should have hand-sewing experience.

    Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

    Tutor Description


    Please bring with you to the first session:
    Fabric and paper scissors

  • Measuring Tape
  • Sketchbook (Ideally A3 or A4 size)
  • Dressmaking pins (30 x 0.60mm)
  • Pencil, pen, eraser. ruler, stapler and sellotape
  • If you have a digital camera or camera phone, it would be useful to bring this along.

  • Some fabric will be provided however if you have any fabric or decorative trimmings that you would like to use please bring it with you – as a rough guide you will need 70cm square fabric and 70cm square lining fabric, any scraps can be used for embellishing headpieces or creating flowers and decorations.

    During the course you will be provided with a list of suppliers in London so you will know where to find specific materials that you use during the sessions to continue your work at home.


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