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Who is this course aimed at?

The course 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.

Entry Requirements

No experience is necessary. An interest in Art, Craft, Sewing and Dressmaking is essential. This course is for beginners and intermediate level.

Dates and Times

This course is now full. We are hoping to run this course again in the future. Either check back here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Course Length

10 Weeks.

Course Content

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.

Students will learn relevant skills needed to complete their project. These will include 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).

They will learn how to use a sewing machine and how to use an overlocker.

A variety of learning methods will be used including tutor presentation, varied demonstrations and one-to-one personalised guidance.

Students may want to focus on a final piece of sewing/dressmaking. Tutors will ensure they follow up a manageable project within the timescale.

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to research ideas and to utilise existing skills.

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.

Teaching Method(s)

Tuition will be given in specialist workshops.

Exams and Assessments

There will be no test/examination associated with this course.


There is no formal qualification and students will be able to work at their own pace. The course provides space, equipment and directed.


To other Art School courses; or to further education and higher education courses in Art, Design and Craft.

Course Fees


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

Reasons to choose this course

The course will cost £275 for the September offering and £275 for the January offering. Courses costing more than £100 can usually be paid for in instalments. Please contact the College for details.

Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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