Dress Making and Pattern Drafting

Level 1 Diploma

Course Location


Stockport College


Stockport College

Further Details




Art & Design

Course Start Date

Tuesday 16th January 2024

Course Duration

Part-Time, 13 Weeks

Course Time

18:30 - 20:30

Course Fee

£ 75.00
You may be eligible for support with your tuition fees - please visit the college website - funding and finance page for further information

Course Code


Course Overview

Discover a creative and fulfilling hobby or even a potential career in fashion design!

Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some sewing experience, a beginners’ dressmaking and pattern drafting course can provide you with the knowledge and skills to start creating your own clothing and explore your creativity in the world of fashion.

This course will enable you to gain valuable sewing skills that will save you money on alterations and store-bought clothing. It will also help you to understand the process of creating patterns and sewing garments, which can be a foundation for more advanced projects.

Please be informed that participants are required to have a sewing box containing essential equipment. Additionally, each participant is responsible for bringing their own sewing machine to the class.

Learners will need to bring in their own pattern and fabric, as well as any haberdashery such as thread, zips and buttons. Suggested patterns include basic skirts, slip dresses or trousers, such as pyjama bottoms or joggers.

We recommend using New Look patterns, numbers – 6899,6843,6106

Course Requirements

Participants are not required to possess any previous knowledge or expertise. We welcome individuals with a genuine enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to actively engage and contribute.

What you will Learn


This is a practical course with no formal assessments. Students will receive helpful feedback throughout the course.


Upon successful completion of the course students may wish to progress to the advanced sewing course to develop their skills further.

A variety of leisure and community courses are offered for your enrollment, including but not limited to:
Hair and Media Make-up
Health and Social Care
Art and Design
Childcare and Education
Digital Skills
Hospitality and Catering

Career Options

Completing a Dress Making and Pattern Drafting course can be the first step towards a range of career options in the fashion, textile, and design industries, or it can simply serve as a foundation for a fulfilling hobby. Here are some potential career paths and opportunities after completing a Dress Making and Pattern Drafting course:

Fashion Designer: With further education and experience, you can become a fashion designer. You’ll create your own clothing lines and fashion collections.

Tailor or Seamstress: Offer clothing alteration and tailoring services to individuals or businesses.

Dressmaker: Specialize in creating custom-made dresses and garments for clients, such as wedding dresses and formalwear.

Textile Artist: Create textile art pieces, such as quilts, tapestries, and wall hangings, using sewing techniques.

Fashion Blogger or Influencer: Share your sewing projects, tips, and fashion insights on a blog or social media. You can generate income through sponsorships and affiliate marketing.

Fashion Blogger or Influencer: Share your sewing projects, tips, and fashion insights on a blog or social media. You can generate income through sponsorships and affiliate marketing.

Fashion Merchandiser: Work on the business side of the fashion industry, overseeing the buying and marketing of clothing and accessories.

Remember that your success in these career options will often depend on your dedication, continuing education, building a portfolio, and gaining practical experience. Networking with professionals in the industry can also open doors to job opportunities.

Mandatory Units

There are no mandatory units

Contact Details

For further information please contact T: 0161 886 7070 or E: info@trafford.ac.uk

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Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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