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Art School: Dressmaking Introduction to Stretch Fabric- Intermediate

Subject Area
Art & Design
Start Date
16 September 2024
Additional Start Date
15 January 2025
Study Mode
10 Weeks
Entry Requirements
This course is ideal for those who have completed Dressmaking: Introduction to Woven Fabric or who have basic knowledge of using a sewing machine and pattern markings.

This course is suitable for all, and covers a range of essential skills and techniques to provide a basic introduction to dressmaking with stretch fabric as well as taking skills and interests to a higher-level. It is recommended that you have a working knowledge of dressmaking and/ or have undertaken the dressmaking/ woven fabric course beforehand.

Students will explore materials and techniques and learn basic essential techniques and skills for working with stretch fabric. 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.

Entry requirements

This course is ideal for those who have completed Dressmaking: Introduction to Woven Fabric or who have basic knowledge of using a sewing machine and pattern markings.

Course units

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

You will learn how to use the correct stitches for sewing stretch fabric on a domestic sewing machine; there will also be a demonstration on how to thread and use a domestic overlocker. We will recap how to take body measurements, understanding key symbols on the printed pattern.

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


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

Course fees


Course progression

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

Dates & course durations

16th September 2024 - 25th November 2024, Mondays, 6.00pm-8.30pm

15th January 2024 - 26th March 2025, Wednesdays, 6.00pm-8.30pm

Study methods

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.


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

Additional costs

Basic stretch fabric will be provided to make up your chosen pattern, or you may wish to supply your own fabric. You will need to purchase a pattern your tutor will discuss this with you to make sure you are choosing an appropriate pattern.

Other materials and tools are provided for use in the studio e.g., thread, fabric for samples, etc.

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.

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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