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The Complete Guide to Sewing and Garment Making

The Complete Guide to Sewing and Garment Making

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Siaw Lee Priddle


This three week sewing course will give you everything you need to improve your professional sewing and garment making skills. Through a combination of discussions, practical group exercises and one-to-one consultations, you will explore different construction methods and the laying and cutting of commercial multi-sized patterns. You will also learn about different methods of inserting components such as invisible or lapped zips, and be introduced to the cutting and making up of stretch fabrics such as jersey.

You will take away a half scale (size 12) skirt, child’s top, cotton lined dress, jersey top, bias skirt (size 12) and other samples for reference.

The course includes:

  • Looking at different needles and threads suitable for fabric types
  • Standard stitches
  • Seaming curved edges
  • Straight edges & gathered edges together
  • Various seam types including: French seams & flat fell seams
  • Simple buttonholes
  • Topstitching
  • Trimming work & pressing
  • Cutting and assembling a classic lined dress
  • Skirt vents & splits
  • Cutting & assembling jersey leggings


Beginners – some sewing experience with either a domestic or Industrial machine would be advantageous. No other experience necessary.

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


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 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.


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

  • A pencil, eraser and sharpener
  • Fabric shears, small sharp pointed scissors, stitch ripper
  • Fine steel pins
  • Metric tape measure
  • Tailors chalk

There will also be additional equipment needed in week’s 2 and 3 of the course and the tutor will advise of this on the first day.

Available dates

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