Dressmaking | Beginners

Course Type: Adult leisure and hobby, Open to international students Campus: Broadwater Campus

Why this course?

Sewing and dressmaking tools

Students will construct a straightforward garment during the course such as a skirt, simple dress or jumpsuit fitted perfectly to yourself. You will gain confidence using a sewing machine and an overlocker, and learn professional finishes, how to insert a zip or buttonholes, how to read a commerical pattern and understand its terminology. 

The course is designed for those with basic or no previous knowledge of sewing. Whether you haven't done any sewing in 40 years or have never sat at a sewing machine in your life, this course is for you.

By the end of the course you will be able to operate a sewing machine, construct a simple garment and choose commercial patterns, fabric and haberdashery appropriate for your use.

Tutor: Rosie Carne

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees ?
CL0170-1C 28 Sep 2021 Broadwater Tuesdays 6:30-9pm 10 weeks £208.00 Enrol & Pay
CL0171-1C 18 Jan 2022 Broadwater Tuesdays 6:30-9pm 10 weeks £208.00 Enrol & Pay
CL0172-1C 26 Apr 2022 Broadwater Tuesdays 6:30-9pm 10 weeks £208.00 Enrol & Pay

Course topics

  • Construct a straightforward garment during the course such as a skirt, simples dress or jumpsuit.
  • Gain confidence using a sewing machine and an overlocker.
  • Learn professional finishes.
  • Insert a zip or buttonholes.
  • Read a commercial pattern and understand its terminology.

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

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.

Additional costs

Students are required to bring large and small sharp fabric scissors, pins, tape measure and thread to every lesson.

Please wait until after the first class before purchasing pattern and fabric,as this is the topic of the first class.

Students should budget around £20-50 for materials for their chosen garment.

Open events

We run various open events throughout the year to enable you to come in to the College, see our facilities and speak with our staff.

Upcoming events

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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