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Dressmaking | A Summer School

Course Code: CL0762-1C Course Type: Adult leisure and hobby, Open to international students Campus: Broadwater Campus Start Date: 15 Jul 2022 Duration: 6 weeks

Why this course?

Close up of pink fabric in a sewing machine

Fancy being the next Great British Sewing Queen (or King) Bee? Then why not join us for our Dressmaking Summer School where you can practice and hone your sewing skills, as well as learn new ones.

Whether you've never sewn before but have always wanted a go at making a garment, or just need help and guidance in completing a sewing project/s, then do join us. 

All levels of sewers welcome.

  • student Views Dressmaking Student

    Loved the course.  A brilliant tutor and I hope to do another sewing course soon.  Thanks for the fabulous experience.

Course topics

The course is very much student-led, but can cover:

  • how to use a sewing machine and overlocker
  • how to read and understand patterns/sewing instructions
  • how to alter garment, fitting for your shape, inserting zips, pockets, linings, handling tricky fabrics etc.

The focus is primarily making garments, but simple soft furnishings such as cushion covers and curtains can also be covered.

Sewing machines and overlockers are available to use at the college.

Why the MET?

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (MET) was created from the merger of City College Brighton and Northbrook College. It draws on 150 years of heritage, history and experience. We operate across five campuses in Brighton, Shoreham and Worthing, and teach around 7,500 adult learners.

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims. Whatever your chosen subject, we have the facilities to ensure you get the most out of your learning experience.


Course fees

The course fees are shown in the table on the overview tab.

Discounted fees

This course is eligible for a 50% discount if you are in receipt of certain benefits. Find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply for this discount here.

International students

If you are an international student (you don't hold UK Settlement Status), different fees apply. Please click here to read more and find out how to apply.

Additional costs

Please bring the following to the first session: Your project and all elements (for example, pattern, fabric, trims etc). If you are a beginner, then please contact us for an information sheet to guide you through buying a simple commercial sewing pattern and fabric.

You will also need to bring:

  • dressmakers tape measure
  • tailors chalk or other type of washable fabric marker
  • long pins
  • paper scissors
  • fabric scissors
  • pencil
  • notebook

You do not need to bring your own sewing machine as these will be provided for use in the classroom.

International students

If you are an international student (you don't hold UK Settlement Status), different fees apply. Please click here to read more and find out how to apply.


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Course costs

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Other ways to enrol

You can also enrol by calling 01273 667704 or in person at our Central Brighton or West Durrington Campuses.

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