A dressmaking course in Brighton for complete beginners or those with some sewing experience.

Learn how to make a garment of your choice using a commercial pattern on this popular dressmaking course.

The course will take you through the whole process including selecting and cutting the correct size, cutting out fabric, sewing darts, pleats and seams, inserting zips and stitching hems.

Sewing machines and overlockers are available to use on the dressmaking course although you may find it useful to have your own sewing machine to continue your garment and practise sewing techniques at home.

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DURATION: 10 weeks
DAY: Thursday
TIME: 6-8.30pm
WHEN: 2 May – 11 July
WHERE: Brighton Junction
COURSE FEE: £160 / £95 / £15


Please see further information on fees and concessions online or in our brochure.






This course aims to:

Teach students how to make a garment using a commercial pattern. Beginners will make a skirt or pyjama trousers as these are the simplest garments to make.  Those with experience of using commercial patterns can bring a pattern for a garment of their choice.


Who this course is for?

Beginners or improvers with little or no experience.


What will I be able to do by the end of this course?

  • Select and cut out appropriate sized patterns
  • Prepare fabric for cutting and cut out fabric
  • Transfer pattern markings using tailor’s tacks
  • Sew darts and seams
  • Insert zips
  • Attach facings and/or waistbands
  • Sew hems
  • Sew buttons and buttonholes
  • Insert sleeves
  • Make a garment that fits!


What materials will I need for the course?

Basic sewing kit – Pins, fabric scissors, tape measure

A commercial pattern & fabric to make garment, but you won’t need this in week 1 unless you have done the course before and would like to bring one in.

In week 1 the tutor will discuss the equipment and suitable patterns to buy and where these can be purchased.


Roughly how much will they cost?

Simple sewing kit can be from £1 depending on shop/quality of items

Patterns cost from around £5

Fabric costs from £1 per metre and students will require 1.5 – 3m dependent on pattern and size.

Help and guidance will be provided in the first session on what will be required and where to purchase it.


How will I know I am making progress?

Self-assessment against learning objectives each session, peer assessment, appraisals and tutor feedback.


Is there any extra study outside the class?

Students may wish to continue creating their garments and practising techniques outside class. Although this is not compulsory, students will progress further by practising their techniques at home.


Who is the course tutor?

Jo Bunner spent 10 years as Fashion Designer/Pattern Cutter, specialising in ladies tailoring and outerwear: coats, suits and jackets following her graduation from the London College of Fashion. She is now a qualified Personal Image Consultant as well as teaching sewing and pattern cutting skills at local sewing schools. She has found that in helping others understand their own body characteristics it greatly enhances their sewing satisfaction.


What next?

Further dressmaking courses – at Friends Centre

Dressmaking for Beginners and Improvers – Fridays 10am-12.30pm OR 1-3.30pm

Dressmaking for Beginners and Improvers – Thursdays 6.30-9pm

City & Guilds Certificate in Fashion & Dressmaking Level 1 or 2

Thursday 2 May 2019 - Thursday 11 July 2019
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Sessions: 10

Full price: £160
Concession rate (if available): £85
Please note that concessions are not available online.
Click here for information on fees and concessions.

Brighton Junction


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