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Short Course

Home Sewing and Garment Making Short Course

London College of Fashion

This Home sewing and Garment Making course will introduce you to professional industrial-standard sewing machines, where youll be shown how to complete several types of stitching in order for you to assemble your finished garment.

Course description

Have you been inspired by the latest trend in home sewing, but not sure where to start?  Then this is the sewing course for you. Working in small groups, of no more than 12,  you’ll learn everything you need to be able to make clothes (top, skirt, dress or trousers) from a bought pattern.

This garment making course will begin by analysing your chosen pattern deciphering the markings and terminology. You’ll discover how to layout and mark your fabric correctly, before cutting out your garment pieces. Alongside this you’ll also be given an introduction to the professional industrial-standard sewing machines, where you’ll be shown how to complete several types of stitching in order for you to assemble your finished garment.  With the guidance of the tutor you’ll work your way through the construction process to create a practice garment, altering as necessary to ensure a good fit. Once happy with your garment, you’ll be able to recreate it in the fabric of your choice (time allowing).

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face to face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered:

  • Taking measurements
  • Preparing fabrics
  • Laying and cutting
  • Marking
  • Sewing and fitting
  • Pressing and finishing


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Metric tape measure
  • Dressmakers pins
  • Fabric scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • Thimble
  • 30cm ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil, pen and notebook
  • Tailors chalk (1 white and 1 pink or blue)
  • Hand sewing needles
  • 2 or 3 different colours of thread (for tailor tacking)
  • Stitch unpicker

You will also need to purchase 1 pattern for a simple, non-lined top, dress, trouser or skirt and enough fabric to make your chosen garment at the end of the course. Fabric type and amount will be specified on your chosen pattern (please do not select a pattern that requires stretch fabric as this requires specialist machinery that is not covered on this course). You should choose your pattern from any of the following pattern catalogues: Butterick, (Fast and Easy or very easy pattern) or Simplicity (it's so easy pattern). You must choose a pattern that is closest to your size.  These patterns can normally be purchased from any fabric/dressmaking shop or from John Lewis (Oxford Street). You will be supplied calico for making a practice garment, known as a toile. Please do not select a pattern that requires stretch fabric as this requires specialist machinery that is not covered on this course. 

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