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Clothes Making – An Introduction

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own clothes? The course is aimed at beginners interested in learning a variety of sewing skills, techniques and use of a sewing machine as well as those who already have some experience but wish to perfect their technique to achieve a professional finish.

Course overview


Autumn term
Monday 4 October – Monday 6 December 2021

Spring term
Monday 24 January – Monday 28 March 2022

10 Monday evenings 18.00-21.00

Gillian Kelly



Course details

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

Based in our specialist Fashions studios, fully equipped with various types of industrial sewing machinery and presses, you will 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 will learn the processes of pattern cutting and constructing a ladies fitted top with sleeves and a skirt to match.

You will then progress to making a top or a skirt from a commercial pattern that you will bring to class after advice from your tutor. The course will give you the skills to competently apply the techniques you have learnt to the garment of your choice and will give you the freedom to make new pieces for your wardrobe.

  • Dart manipulation and application
  • Sleeve application
  • Attaching facings
  • Hem finishes
  • Sewing an invisible zip
  • Press and finish samples
  • Producing ladies top or a skirt from commercial pattern

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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...

The course aims to:

  • 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 confidence working in a professional, relaxed and friendly environment with garment processes and equipment
  • Enable you to develop an overall awareness of the general processes involved in producing various types of garments

  • Assessment and feedback will be continuous throughout the course
  • You will leave the course able to demonstrate basic clothes making skills, such as cutting fabrics and basic garment construction techniques for personal sewing projects in the future
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance detailing course contents, and study hours

  • This introductory course assumes students possess no previous knowledge and is suitable for beginners
  • Please note: It is a mandatory requirement that you attend the sewing workroom machinery induction in order to fulfil the university Health and Safety policy

  • 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

Please note, skirt fabric and zip (shall be discussed and bought once the course has started)

Pattern paper and calico for toiles will be supplied during the course.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.

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