Dress Making and Pattern Drafting

Level 1 Diploma
Course Overview

This is a relaxed, informative and fun course for beginners that will develop your practical skills in drafting patterns and creating garments to a professional standard. You will be introduced to blocks, learn how to tackle measurements correctly, adjust ready-made patterns and create patterns from using your own designs. In addition, you will learn how to stitch garments together using domestic sewing machines and over lockers, as well as attaching a variety of fastenings, creating pleats and darts.

This course runs for 2 hours a week, for a total of 11 weeks.

Further Details

Course Location

Stockport College


College 16-18,Adult

Course Start Date


Course Duration



Art and Creative - Adults

This course is designed for beginners and so no formal qualifications are required, but you must have an interest in pattern drafting, dressmaking, garment construction, fashion or costume making.

This course will allow you to develop your practical skills and provide you with the technical ability to take on fashion projects. Throughout the 11 weeks, you will produce a series of patterns and garments. These can be mounted in a portfolio for future study or employment.

There are no specific mandatory units, however areas of study for Dressmaking and Pattern Drafting will be:

An introduction to domestic sewing machines and over lockers
Exploring different fabrics and completing burn tests
Taking measurements accurately
Using and adjusting pattern blocks
Pattern drafting a range of garments
Sewing fastenings, hems, pleats, darts and waistbands
Conducting professional fittings and alterations
Experimenting with moulage and draping
Depending on your previous experience, there may be elements covered which are tailored to your particular interests or knowledge of the subject.

This introduction course can lead to further study on courses relevant to Art and Design, Fashion and Textiles or Costume Design.

No assessments.

Full cost is ?98.00.

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