Study at Friends Centre on this City and Guilds fashion and dressmaking level 2 course in Brighton.


Develop your sewing skills further on this fashion and dressmaking course in Brighton. Learn how to make two garments from a choice of dress, lined skirt, unlined trousers or lined jacket. On this fashion and dressmaking course, you will develop a design for your garments, select a commercial pattern and adapt this to your design, choose the fabric, learn how to measure and fit your garment, create samples of different sewing techniques and put your garments together.


This is an accredited fashion and dressmaking course, so you will be required to keep and submit a folder of sewing samples, folio of design work, and sketchbooks of your design ideas and the development from design through to the final garment. You will be expected to undertake at least 2 hours of study at home each week.


This fashion course is suitable for those who have already completed a Level 1 in fashion and dressmaking or those with experience of using commercial patterns.  You should be confident at using a sewing machine and have made some simple garments including those with sleeves.  Scroll down for further course details or for more information on our other sewing and fashion courses in Brighton, head to our courses page via the main menu.


An interview is required to ensure that this course is suitable for you.  Interviews will be held in July and August.  To book an interview please contact our main reception on 01273 810210 or email [email protected]


Study this course during the week or at the weekend:

Weekend sessions:

DAYS: Saturday and Sunday

TIME:  10.30am-4.30pm

DURATION: 22 sessions

WHEN: 21 September 2019 – 5 July 2020 on the following weekends:

21stand 22nd September

19th and 20th October

16th and 17th November

14th and 15th December

11th and 12th January

8th and 9th February

14th and 15th March

4th and 5th April

2nd and 3rd May

6th and 7th June

4th and 5th July


COURSE TUTOR: Julia Hincks

WHERE: Brighton Junction

COURSE FEE: (C) £1015 (B) £485 (A) £10*

*This is assessed at enrolment and is dependent on residency, employment and benefit status.  It is unlikely that you will have to pay £1,015 – this is for those who have not been resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 years.


This course cannot be booked online.

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



This course aims to:

The City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Fashion (7160 – 12) will cover two mandatory units and two garment construction units:


For each unit you will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction.


Unit 201 – Developing design ideas

You will begin by creating a colour wheel and learning how to mix colours to create secondary and tertiary colours.  Following this you will experiment with a range of wet media – paints, inks etc to create samples of mark making, actual and implied textures, using overlays and taking these ideas through to garment designs.


Unit 202 – Sampling fashion techniques

You will create a folder of samples of a range of sewing techniques – this will cover a range of seams, control of fullness and shaping (darts, tucks, gathering, pleats), attaching buttons and creating a range of different buttonholes, inserting a range of different zips, waist and neckline finishing including different types of collars, inserting sleeves, attaching different types of cuffs, attaching pockets and stitching a range of hems.


Two Optional Units:


A choice from:

Unit 204 – Design and make a blouse or shirt

Unit 208 – Design and make a dress

Unit 205 – Design and make a fitted lined skirt

Unit 206 – Design and make a pair of fitted unlined trousers

Unit 207 – Design and make a lined jacket


Units 204, 205, 206, 207 and 208 will provide you with practical skills and knowledge needed to make a garment.  You will design your own garment and adapt a commercial pattern to create your own design.


For each of these optional units you will produce a sketchbook, documenting research into fashion styles, your design ideas and supporting notes on how you create your final design, including costing and evaluation.


Further information can be found on the City & Guilds website:


Who this course is for?

Improvers who have already completed City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate at Friends Centre, Level 2 Award or at least one year of a Dressmaking course.  Students will need to have a sound knowledge of constructing a basic garment from a commercial pattern.


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

  • Develop design ideas for your garment
  • Create a sketchbook of your designs
  • Create a colour wheel and use colour theory for design work
  • Experiment with a range of media to create design ideas
  • Use a sewing machine with confidence
  • Use an overlocker to finish seams allowances and hems
  • Create garments using a commercial pattern
  • Recognise pattern markings and use a fabric lay
  • Demonstrate a broad range of sewing techniques including:
  • Sewing and finishing seams using a range of methods
  • Inserting one and two piece sleeves
  • Sewing hems, including rolled and lace edged
  • Inserting zips – lapped, concealed, fly, centred and exposed
  • Attaching collars – shirt and Peter Pan
  • Attaching cuffs – shirt and straight
  • Attaching waist finishes – interfaced waistband and facings


What materials will I need for the course?


In session 1 we will start creating the sewing samples for Unit 202.  These samples will be made from easy to handle, medium weight fabrics,  You can purchase calico fabric from the tutor to create your samples or you can bring in a selection of cotton or cotton blend fabrics to create these from.  Medium weight dressmaking fabrics are best.  Do not bring heavy upholstery type fabric, stretchy or shiny fabrics which will be difficult to handle.  Fabric Land have a range of cheap cotton fabrics, or you can buy ‘fat quarter packs’ from hobbycraft or elsewhere for £5 – £7 which will give you 5 or 6 pieces of cotton fabric measuring 46x56cm.


Basic sewing kit

We have lots of equipment in class but if you have your own please bring with you the following:

fabric scissors, paper scissors, threads, pins, hand sewing needles, quick unpick tool

Sewing machine

There are machines at the centre but you can bring your own if you wish – It is important that you have your own machine at home to continue working and practising techniques and continuing construction of your garments.  We have a range of Janome and Bernina machines to use.


Commercial pattern, fabric and haberdashery to make garment (more details about these will be provided throughout the course.)


Roughly how much will they cost?

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

Patterns cost around £5.

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

Calico £2 per metre


How will I know I am making progress?

Students will be required to keep a folio of design work covering Unit 201, a file of sewing samples for Unit 202, a file of all handouts, a sketchbook for each of the garment units, two toiles and two finished garments in fashion fabric.  Students will complete a series of practical and written tasks which address the learning objectives and assessment criteria for the course.  Students will be provided with an Individual Learner Record (ILR) and a learner handbook.  The ILR will document each of the tasks required and the handbook will provide further details on how the tasks are to be completed.  Learners will need to complete each task and have these signed off by the tutor.  Each term every learner will have an individual 30 minute tutorial with the tutor to check through work completed and to offer guidance for any incomplete work.

Each unit will be assessed as it is completed and a grade awarded for each (Pass, Merit or Distinction).  The tutor will award a provisional grade which will be verified by an internal moderator and then by the external City & Guilds moderator at the end of the course.


Is there any extra study outside the class?

Students will need to continue creating their garments, developing their sketchbooks and practising techniques outside class. How much time will depend on progress made towards tasks set in class.  There will be homework tasks set each session which will take around 2 hours to complete.


Who are the course tutors?


Julia Hincks is a textile artist and teacher. She has sewn and knitted from an early age, learning her skills from her mother and grandmothers. Having started her career as a teacher in 2002 she now works for the Friends Centre and Greater Brighton Metropolitan College teaching a range of creative crafts – Dressmaking, Pattern Cutting, Knitting and Crochet. Julia makes and alters clothes for clients across the city.  She also teaches privately on an individual and group basis.  Julia is the author of ‘The Overlocker Technique Manual’ and ‘The Serger’s Technique Bible’ (The US version) which is available from Amazon and other good book shops.  The book is also available in French, Spanish, Italian, German and Dutch.  More information about Julia and her current projects can be found at


Anna Blencowe is a fashion textile designer working in Brighton. She has worked in the fashion industry since graduating with an MA from Central Saint Martins in 1998. She has created several of her own collections and has worked with the ateliers in Paris when designing for Plein Sud. Anna teaches a number of sewing and fashion courses at Friends Centre.


What next?

City & Guilds Level 2 Pattern Cutting Units at Friends Centre

Art & Design Diploma at City College

Further dressmaking / pattern cutting courses – at the Friends Centre, Greater Brighton Metropolitan College or other centres across the city.





Saturday 21 September 2019 - Sunday 5 July 2020
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sessions: 36

Full price: (C) £1015 (B) £485
Concession rate (if available): (A) £10.00
Please note that concessions are not available online.
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