Lewisham Council - Adult education course details


Clothesmaking workshop - all levels (TFD274SGP)

On this course you will learn key skills & processes in garment construction: cutting out, piecing together, fitting, stitching, pressing, the correct and safe use of tools and equipment, understanding and adapting commercially bought patterns and choosing styles and suitable fabrics. You will sample a variety of techniques throughout the course, in addition to working on a garment of your choice- in a 5 week class, beginners should be able to make a simple dress, top, skirt or trousers. More experienced learners will work on garments with greater complexity, and using different construction methods.
Grove Park Adult Education Centre
333 335 Baring Road
Se12 0dz
28 February 2019

28 March 2019

Number of weeks

Day of the week:

1pm and 3pm

£68.00 (full), £68.00 (reduced), £68.00 (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 is needed. This course is planned for learners with all levels of ability from complete beginners through to those with more advanced skills. 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 adapt a commercial pattern to your personal measurements. To be able to complete a garment of your choice to a professional standard. To understand how to use specialist tools and equipment correctly and safely. To identify and achieve a personal goal as discussed with your tutor.
What teaching methods will the tutor use?
The tutor will use a range of methods during the course to ensure that your skills are developed, and these will include demonstration - both group and individual, one to one tuition, and discussion.
What assessment methods will the tutor use?
The course tutor will use a range of methods to assess your individual progress and achievement of your personal project work- including observation and discussion of your work, and evaluation of work samples and completed projects. You do not need to complete an individual learning plan for this course.
Will extra work be required outside the class times?
Extra work outside of the session is not essential but, if you have access to a sewing machine, will enable learners to practice techniques and potentially 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 quality 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 and pattern. If you are a returner or have some experience please bring these, or an ongoing project along.
Options when finished
The department offers a wide variety of fashion and textile courses at different levels. Information about progression courses is available through the tutor, the Curriculum Leader or the online Adult Learning Lewisham programme. There are also a range of courses at a higher level offered across London and the South East by Colleges, Community and Adult Education providers and through local craftspeople. For more information about higher level courses currently available, please speak to your tutor or the Curriculum Leader.
Additional information
Please note that using commercially bought garment patterns is essential on this course - it does not cover freehand cutting or standard pattern cutting techniques. The course fee includes a 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