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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, Banetta Sawyers


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: 14 September 2019  - 30 November 2020 
Part 2:  4 January 2020 - 21 March 2020 
Part 3: 18 April 2020 -  4 July 2020 


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.

Payment plans:

Early booking will allow you to spread the cost of our Mastering Skills courses. Pay a 25% deposit (non-refundable) of total course fee followed by monthly repayments. To find out more or get your payment plan set up please call:+44 20 7514 7552

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. 

Tutor Description

Siaw Lee Priddle's passion for sewing was inspired when she studied bespoke tailoring and womenswear at the London College of Fashion. Through this she expanded her sewing technical skills and worked in the fashion industry for over fifteen years. She worked with various manufacturing outlets including S R Gent – a major supplier for Marks & Spencer. She has spent the last 10 years as a Specialist Technician at London College of Fashion and teaches on a range of short courses.

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