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Clothes Making – an Introduction (Stage 1)

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own clothes? In this hands-on 10-week course for beginners you’ll be sewing in no time.

To book your place today, simply click the 'Book Now' button to be taken to AUB's secure online store, where you can complete your booking. You can also sign up to our newsletter for short course updates.

What you need to know

When does it run?

You can study this course in either the autumn or spring term. Choose your preferred term when booking.

Autumn term 2023

Monday 2 October – 4 December 2023

Spring term 2024

Monday 15 January – 18 March 2024

How long is the course?

10 Monday evenings

What time will your classes be?


Where does it take place?

Classes will take place on AUB's campus.

You'll be taught in AUB's industry-standard studios with access to professional resources.

Please note: it’s a mandatory requirement that you attend the sewing workroom machinery induction in the first session of the course in order to fulfil the university Health and Safety policy.

Who's this course suitable for?

This course has been developed for creatives and aspiring clothes makers aged 18+.

Perfect for anyone who has a passion to learn and develop their sewing skills.

It's suitable if you're a beginner or if you've some previous experience with garment construction or sewing and wish to develop your skills further.

This course is the ideal starting point for anyone wishing to make clothes for themselves, apply for a fashion degree or to gain industry level skills to eventually work within the fashion industry.

Do you need previous experience or qualifications?

This is an introductory course, so no previous knowledge or experience is required.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or +44 (0) 1202 363222.

How much does this course cost?


What's included in this price?

Any additional materials and resources not listed in the 'what to bring' or 'additional costs' section below.

Pattern paper and calico for toiles are included in your course fee.

Are there any additional costs?

Please be aware you'll need to bring some sewing and drawing equipment with you. This may incur an additional cost on top of your course fee if you need to purchase any equipment. Refer to the 'what to bring' section below for full details.

You'll be required to purchase the fabric for your final pieces; this will incur an additional cost though projects can be tailored to suit all budgets.

What should you bring to class?

  • Dressmakers’ pins
  • Tape measure
  • Paper scissors, fabric scissors, small scissors, snips and quick unpick
  • Pencils: 2H, HB or B
  • Fabric/cloth marking pencil
  • Pen, rubber, pencil sharpener
  • A4 folder and plastic sleeves

Why should you choose this course?

  • Come away with enhanced knowledge, skills, and confidence to create your own garments
  • Improve your sewing skills
  • Gain hands-on experience experimenting with different techniques and the processes involved with producing various types of garment
  • Develop your understanding of the fundamental principles of garment construction covering topics such as understanding and reading paper patterns, adjusting, and fitting of garments
  • Develop your technical skills and unique creative voice
  • Receive expert support and guidance from your industry professional tutor at every turn
  • Leave with increased confidence and the skills to continue creating beyond the course
  • Study in an encouraging and friendly setting alongside 14 like-minded creatives

About this course

This highly practical 10-week course is aimed at beginners interested in learning a variety of sewing skills, techniques, and use of a sewing machine as well as anyone who already has some experience but wishes to perfect their technique to achieve a professional finish.

Based in our specialist fashion studios, fully equipped with various types of industrial sewing machinery and presses, you'll be introduced to a wide range of skills necessary to make garments with a professional finish.

Through a series of tutor-led demonstrations, discussions, and practical workshops you'll learn the processes of pattern cutting and constructing a ladies fitted top with sleeves and a skirt to match.

As part of the course, you'll have the chance to use our industry-standard Size Stream body scanner to receive precise measurements of yourself which you can use to produce a bespoke block for yourself.

You'll then progress to making a top from the bespoke block created and with support from the tutors you'll be able to pattern cut and manufacture your chosen design.

By the end of the course, you’ll have developed the skills needed to competently apply the techniques you have learnt to a garment of your choice and you’ll have the freedom to make new pieces for your wardrobe.

  • Pattern manipulation of bodice darts, sleeve, and fastenings
  • Seam and hem exercises
  • Skirt manufacture with button fastening and concealed zip
  • Attaching sleeves and facings to your bespoke bodice
  • Producing an upper body garment based on your design with bespoke blocks

  • Be able to demonstrate basic clothes making skills, such as cutting fabrics and basic garment construction techniques for personal sewing projects in the future
  • Possess improved sewing skills
  • Be knowledgable in a range of garment construction techniques
  • Be proud that you’ve constructed your own wearable garments to your precise measurements
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Be encouraged to experiment and explore your ideas, remembering that there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate contact the short courses team: or call 01202 363222.

After this course, you could:

  • Continue to harness your creativity and develop your skills further; explore our full range of Fashion, Textiles and Accessories short courses.
  • Broaden your creative horizons and try your hand at a range of disciplines; explore our full range of evening and weekend courses.
  • Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby.

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses.
  • Our tutors are industry professionals, so you'll learn from the best.
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back.
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative.
  • You'll learn 'by doing' and always feel fully included and supported.
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, and use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity.
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Meet your tutor

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Gillian Kelly

Technician Demonstrator Gill Kelly has had a varied career in fashion over many years working for different companies in pattern cutting...

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