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Costume design and making: Victorian - Morley College, London

Costume design and making: Victorian - Morley College, London

About the Course

This is an intensive practical course covering pattern cutting, costume making and design aspects which you can apply to womenswear whilst you develop a portfolio towards working in theatre wardrobes and costume departments. Gain skills, experience and an impressive portfolio to work in film, theatre and television.

Experience of working with patterns and constructing garments is essential.

By the end of the course you will be able to
to understand how silhouette evolves throughout the Victorian and Edwardian eras
to create appropriate pattern shapes through flat pattern and draping on the stand
to use appropriate methods of construction suitable to the era
to identify and use a wide range of suitable fabrics, trimmings and haberdashery
to create suitable understructures, including bustles and petticoats
Class format and activities
Teaching is both as a whole class and an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, handouts and other technical support material where appropriate.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements
This is an Intermediate level course.

Before you enrol, you must have achieved the following:

• Draft a simple pattern for a skirt, bodice or trouser using a standard size block
• Use a variety of pattern manipulation techniques
• Adjust patterns using basic methods
• Use pattern lays, balance marks, grainline and selvedge
• Use sewing machinery accurately
• Have constructed at least 3 garments to a good standard, including 1 top
• Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English
• Mathematics and numeracy skills are desirable but not essential

What you need to know before you enrol
• This course is very intensive; punctuality and good attendance are necessary.
• Some study in your own time is required if you wish to take full advantage of the course.
• Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.
• Half-size stands will be used for the project work.
• The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building and there is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.
• Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – no liquids at all are allowed.
What you will need for your class
• a basic sewing kit: sharp fabric scissors, trimming scissors, dressmaker’s pins, tape measure, dressmaker’s carbon paper and tracing wheel
• a variety of hand sewing needles and sewing threads
• paper scissors, masking tape, Pritt stick
• calculator, A4 ring binder
• notepad, pens, pencils, sharpener and eraser
• you must provide your own fabrics, haberdashery, threads, etc. for your projects and this will be discussed during the first lesson
• some specialised materials, including calico for toiling, are available for purchase from your tutor at cost price
• some pattern cutting and garment construction tools are provided for use in the studio
• paper and card are available for use in the studio
• you will need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course

What you can do next:
Please enquire for recommendations on continuation courses where applicable.

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Pedro Diego at Morley College London
61 Westminster Bridge Road
Lambeth, London
Greater London
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  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Wheelchair users

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