Womenswear Top & Skirt

Course Overview

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own clothes? If the answer is ‘Yes’, then this course will be suitably fitting for you. 

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.

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 Arts University Bournemouth 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 series of tutor led demonstrations, discussions, workshop practice you will learn the processes of pattern cutting and making of 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


Spring term: Thursday 18th January – 22nd March 2018


Helen Gosling

Course Aims

The course aims to:

  • Offer small class sizes so you will get more one-on-one time with your tutor and you will receive continuous feedback on your work and progress
  • Offer an informative structured programme, the aim being to help you understand various aspects and fundamental principles of the garment construction and will cover topics such as understanding and reading paper patterns, garment constructions and adjusting and fitting of garments
  • Provide confidence working in a professional, relaxed and friendly environment through guidance from your tutor enabling you to develop an overall awareness of the general processes involved in producing various types of garments

Course Outcomes & Assessment

  • 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

Entry Requirements

  • 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 fulfill the university Health & Safety policy

What You Need To Bring

  • 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 & plastic sleeves

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

Course Materials

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

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