Award Crest
York College

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

23rd January 2019 - 3rd April 2019 (Wednesday)

6.00pm - 8.30pm

Course Content

Dressmaking is an exciting and popular craft. This class is for individuals to utilise their interest in dressmaking and to provide a route to further studies. The course is delivered with support and guidance from a qualified tutor who is also a practitioner in the subject. The course will be based in a well-equipped studio with all appropriate provision.

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 can 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 project.

They 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.


Students may move onto other Awards, Diplomas, Art School courses in the field of Art, Design and Craft. The tutor will be available to advise on progression and opportunities for further study.

Course Fees 

Courses costing more than £200 can usually be paid for in instalments. Please contact the College for details.

How to Apply

If you wish to study this course you do not need to fill out an application form, simply call our Admissions Team on (01904) 770397 or visit our friendly team of advisors in the InfoZone, located behind the main reception desk.


Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email 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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