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Professional sewing techniques: part 2 – Morley College, London


About the Course

Cover a different set of techniques each term to produce an extensive reference work of samples and instructions with the emphasis on finish. Suitable for clothes makers and pattern cutters, competence on the sewing machine is essential.

Many elements contribute to the look of a garment not at least the finish. This course is vital if you wish to develop your construction skills to produce garments to a professional standard. Each term will focus on the difficult and challenging features of garment finishes. You will produce your own reference work of samples notes and hand-outs. A different set of techniques is taught each term: Autumn > Sleeves, Sleeve Finishes and Cuffs – Spring > Neckline Finishes – Summer > Waist and Hemline Finishes. Each term exists as a separate course and can be taken as such or you may wish to enrol on more than one to develop your skills to a higher level.
It is essential that you read the entry requirements carefully before enrolling on this course. You must have achieved an advanced level in constructing garment and working with patterns, this course is not suitable for beginner/intermediate levels.

By the end of the course you will be able to
To produce a range of seam and seam finishes
To make a Raglan sleeve with a shaped turn back cuff
To make a set in sleeve with a gathered hemline and french cuff
To make a Kimono sleeve with a gusset with a faced hem and zipper closure
To make a Tailored 2piece sleeve with a shaped facing and closure
Class format and activities
The tutor will present examples and samples and discuss their construction. There will be demonstrations of techniques, handouts and other visual resources that will be used to support this work. Teaching will be in groups and on an individual, one-to-one basis. You will practice methods taught by the tutor’s demonstrations and class discussions.
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.
Attendance and punctuality is crucial. You will not achieve the desired learning outcomes if you cannot attend fully. You must inform your tutor for the reasons of any lateness or absences.

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 advanced course, suitable for people that have completed clothes making at an advanced level for 2 terms or more. Students must be able to speak, read and write in English, basic numeracy skills is an advantage though not essential.

What you need to know before you enrol
Working on patterns and cutting fabric can involve standing at high tables. although it is possible to sit if this is a problem. Please discuss this with your tutor. The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Sears building and there is a lift access to the first floor. Please note the eating is not allowed in the fashion studios - you are allowed to have bottled water.

What you will need for your class
Fabric scissors, trimming scissors, paper scissors, a tape measure, dress maker pins, a selection of needles and threads. Notebook, folder and pen.
Also, at the start of the course you will be required to buy a fabric pack to complete the exercises at a cost of no more than £20, paper and card are available to use in the studio.

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

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.


Pedro Diego at Morley College London
61 Westminster Bridge Road
Lambeth, London
Greater London
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