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Art School: Dressmaking

Subject Area
Art & Design
Start Date
22 September 2021
Additional Start Date
19 January 2022
Study Mode
10 Weeks

This course is suitable for all and a variety of abilities will be catered for, it covers a range of essential skills and techniques to provide a basic introduction to dressmaking as well as taking skills and interests to a higher-level.

Students will explore materials and techniques and learn basic essential techniques and skills. The course provides a basic understanding of safe dressmaking and sewing studio practice. The course can provide the support students need to follow up their own ideas and projects.

If students have a sewing machine at home, they should tell their tutor on the first evening; while sewing machines are available for use, it is very helpful for students to use their own domestic machine and will enable you to familiarise yourself with your own equipment.

Course Modules/units

Students will cover how to work from a commercial pattern of their choice (non-stretch fabric and beginner-level pattern) and if necessary, adapt to suit their personal needs.

You will learn relevant skills needed to complete their project, including taking body measurements, cutting out and understanding key symbols on the printed pattern, seams and fastenings (including various zips i.e. invisible, dress zip, buttonholes). You will also learn how to use a sewing machine and how to use an overlocker.

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to research ideas and to utilise existing skills. You may want to focus on a final piece of sewing/dressmaking, however, tutors will ensure you follow up a manageable project within the timescale.

Entry Requirements

No experience is necessary to take part, although an interest in Art, Craft, Sewing and Dressmaking is essential. This course is suitable for both beginners and intermediate level.

Dates and Course Durations

September (Eve)21st Sep 2021 – 1st Dec 2022, Wednesdays, 6pm – 8.30pm, 10 weeks

January (Eve)19th Jan 2022 – 30th Mar 2022, Wednesdays, 6pm – 8.30pm, 10 weeks

Study Method

A variety of learning methods will be used including tutor presentation, varied demonstrations and one-to-one personalised guidance. Tuition will be delivered in our specialised workshops.


There will be no test/examination associated with this course and students will be able to work at their own pace.

Course Fees

Courses costing more than £100 can usually be paid for in instalments. Please contact the College for details.

Additional Costs

All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, some courses may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.


You will also have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Course Progression

Completion of this course will enable students to progress on to various other Art & Design courses available at York College.

Career Progression

You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge in Dressmaking to help you progress and develop in a number of job opportunities to suit your personal needs and interests, or pursue further simply for pleasure.

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