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Mastering Sewing Skills and Garment Making

Mastering Sewing Skills and Garment Making

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Siaw Lee Priddle


This comprehensive sewing course will give you a thorough understanding of sewing and garment construction methods, used in the industry today.  Through a combination of discussions, practical group exercises and one-to-one consultations, you will explore different construction methods, working with different types of fabric and the laying and cutting of commercial multi-sized patterns. 

You will make 10 complete garments on this part-time course, and through this you will learn a range of sewing techniques.  You will also learn about different methods of inserting components such as invisible and lapped zips, different types of collars, cuffs and pockets, working with woven and stretch fabrics such as jersey, and finishing garments professionally.

The course includes:

  • Looking at different needles and threads suitable for fabric types
  • Standard stitches using lockstitch and overlocking machines
  • Seaming curved edges
  • Straight edges & gathered edges together
  • Various seam types including: French seams & flat fell seams
  • Simple buttonholes
  • Topstitching
  • Bias Binding
  • Collars and Cuffs
  • Pocket types
  • Facings and interlinings
  • Trimming work & pressing
  • Cutting and assembling a classic lined dress, a blouse, a shirt and trousers
  • Skirt vents, splits and pleats
  • Cutting & assembling jersey t-shirt and leggings


Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.

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

Dates: (Saturdays, delivered in three parts)

Part 1: September 22nd - December 15th (13 weeks).
Part 2: January 5th – March 30th (13 weeks).
Part 3: April 27th - June 29th (10 weeks).

Please note:

Due to the length of this course International Students who hold a passport from a country that is outside  the EEA or Switzerland must already have immigration permission to stay in the UK which covers the full length of the course and has no restrictions on studying. 


Payment plans are available. Please contact the London College of Fashion Short Course office 020 7514 7552 or email to find out more.

Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Siaw Lee Priddle's passion for sewing was inspired when she studied bespoke tailoring and womenswear at the London School of Fashion. Through this she expanded her sewing technical skills and has been working in the fashion industry for over fifteen years. She has worked with various manufacturing outlets including S R Gent – a major supplier for Marks & Spencer. Her work has enabled her to reach Senior Specialist Technician level at London College of Fashion and enhance her teaching skills.

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