Lewisham Council - Adult education course details


Clothesmaking - complete beginners or refreshers - make your first garment! (TFD0373BR)

This short course will teach you the absolute basics of sewing to enable you to make your first garment! You will develop a range of sewing machine skills, including knowledge of different needles, threads and machine feet, giving you the confidence to use a sewing machine on your own. You will learn the basics of how to select, read and use a commercial pattern and choose suitable fabric. In six weeks you will be able to make a simple top, skirt, trousers or dress.
Brockley Rise Centre
Brockley Rise
Crofton Park
Se23 1pr
02 March 2019

06 April 2019

Number of weeks

Day of the week:

10am and 1pm

£80.00 (full), £42.50 (reduced), £42.50 (concession)

Or call 020 8314 6959 Monday to Thursday 10am–4pm. More ways to enrol.

What prior knowledge, experience and qualifications will I need?
No prior knowledge of garment making is needed- this course is designed for complete beginners or those with either limited experience or very rusty knowledge! Learners with no sewing machine experience may find it useful to attend a short machine skills course prior to enrolling onto this. Maths using addition, subtraction and multiplication are required on this course in order to make calculations for a variety of projects. English reading skills are essential to be able to interpret patterns and follow technical instructions. Learners are, therefore, expected to have at least Entry Level standard in Maths and English. Before enrolling, please contact the curriculum leader if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the course for you.
Learning Goals:
To be able to use a sewing machine confidently. To sample and use a range of professional techniques. To understand how to use specialist tools and equipment correctly and safely. To complete a simple garment of your choice to a good standard.
What teaching methods will the tutor use?
The tutor will use a range of teaching methods during the course which will include the following: Demonstration - both group and individual, one to one tuition, group work, assessment of progress, observation, discussion / question and answer sessions.
What assessment methods will the tutor use?
The course tutor will use a range of methods to assess progress on the course. These may include: Observation, completion of an Individual Learning Plan which will be updated regularly, evaluation of work samples, question and answer sessions.
Will extra work be required outside the class times?
Extra work is not essential but will enable learners to practice techniques and progress their projects at a faster pace.
What materials will I need for the course and how much will they cost?
You will need to bring a Basic Sewing Kit to include dressmaking pins, needles, tape measure, fabric cutting out scissors, 1-2 small reels of good quality polyester sewing thread (if you are buying these items from scratch they will cost approximately £25-30). You will also need to purchase a commercial garment pattern (costing approx. £7-12), and fabric & trimmings to make the garment of your choice- these will vary in price according to the quantity and type of materials purchased.
What do I need to bring to the first class?
Please bring along your sewing kit (as above), pen, pencil, notebook and an A4 folder or wallet would be useful for storing samples and notes. A phone/camera would also be useful to record ideas & technique demonstrations. Complete beginners should attend the first class session before purchasing your fabric & pattern- and the tutor will discuss this & advise you on what is recommended to buy for week 2.
Options when finished
The department also offers a wide variety of courses in related areas of Floristry, Balloon Design and Gardening, and at different levels from beginners/improvers through to more advanced skills. These can help to build a skills set that can be beneficial if you are considering a career in the industry. Information about all of these courses is available through the Tutor, Curriculum Leader or the Adult Learning Lewisham online programme.
Additional information
Please note that using commercially bought garment patterns is essential on this course - it does not cover either freehand cutting techniques or pattern making. The course fee includes a small contribution towards basic course sampling materials & sundries, and maintenance of tools & equipment.

For general enquiries and course availability information call 0208 314 3300. For more detailed information and guidance about the course:


Denise Darlow – Curriculum Leader
Tel: 0208 314 7309