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Clothes Making

Mary Ward Centre
Course summary
12 weeks
244 GBP excl. VAT
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Course description

Clothes Making

Learn how to make clothes from commercial patterns. You will learn to select your patterns, lay and cut your fabric and construct your garment using a range of sewing techniques.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This is an intermediate course for people who have an interest in making their own garments from commercial patterns. It is designed for students who have previous garment making skills, or those who have limited skills that they want to improve. Students should be able to confidently use a sewing machine.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Take a full set of measurements.
  • Confidently choose a suitable commercial pattern.
  • Select appropriate fabric for a pattern.
  • Identify pattern symbols to be able to lay a pattern onto fabric, cut out and mark up
  • Construct a garment using a range of sewing techniques.
  • Understand and use garment making terminology.
  • Create a safe working environment.

Training Course Content

Students will work from an easy commercial pattern to construct a garment. Learn what the symbols on patterns mean, selecting appropriate fabric for your pattern, positioning pattern pieces onto the fabric, transfer markings onto the fabric and finally cut out and construct using a range of sewing skills learnt on the course.

Course delivery details

  • Teaching methods: Skills and knowledge will be learned initially through weekly visual demonstrations and verbal descriptions. Students will then work independently supported by written hand-outs with visual diagrams, group discussions and 121 teaching.
  • Learning methods: hands-on practical activities, reading handouts, following verbal and written instruction, group discussion.


  • Full fee: £244
  • Concession fee: £81

Continuing Studies

What this course could lead to

Students are encouraged to do the series of six masterclasses that run throughout the year. This course could also lead to other textile courses at the Mary Ward Centre or another further education college. Students could continue on this course, take a follow up short course or a longer term or year long course. There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff, and a half-hour guidance interview can be arranged for you.

About provider

Mary Ward Centre

Mary Ward Centre

The first thing you will notice about the Mary Ward Centre is the stunning Georgian building, in the peaceful surroundings of Queen Square. An adult education centre with a difference, whatever you want to learn, you’ll find it here. From...

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Mary Ward Centre

42 Queens Square
WC1N 3AQ London

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