Fashion and Textiles - Art and Design Courses

Fashion and Textiles Courses

All our Fashion and Textile courses are available for adults aged 19 on 31 August 2017 and over only.

Please click on the Fashion and Textile course title in blue for more information and how to enrol.

Daytime & Evening Fashion and Textile Courses

Fashion

Fashion Design and Make (Beginner/Intermediate)

If you love clothes and want to develop your design sense, this is a great place to start. You will learn how to research and refine your ideas, drawing inspiration from a broad range of influences and using a wide variety of materials and media to produce individual and original work. You will develop your skills and present your fashion ideas through project work using
techniques such as illustration, sketch book, mood and design boards, creating a one-off garment.

This course is suitable if you are hoping to work as a designer, run your own business, or if you simply want to design clothes for yourself.

Garment Construction using Commercial Patterns (Beginner/Intermediate)

Learn to make your own clothes, on this sewing course aimed at beginners and those who want to further develop their garment construction skills.
This is a project-based course. Each term we will be sewing a different garment, using a purchased pattern. Over the three terms you will learn the different sewing techniques required to build up a collection of basic styles.

An experienced tutor will demonstrate sewing techniques and guide you step by step through choosing the right pattern size, laying out your pattern pieces and cutting out the fabric. You will learn how to adjust patterns for individual fit, cut out fabric and use a sewing machine to make a fashionable garment.

Additional sewing techniques will be offered, such as welt pockets, attaching lace, rouleau loops and covered buttons, for the intermediate learners looking to achieve a professional finish.

Millinery: Hat Making (Begginners/Intermediate)

In addition to our weekend hat making courses this new course gives an introduction to the techniques used to produce stylish, contemporary hats.

Each term will focus on different materials and methods: Felt in the autumn, Straw, Sinamay and woven materials in spring, and in summer, the development of patterns for both soft and structured hats will be in focus. Each course will cover a range of techniques to enable you to produce modern hats with a professional finish.

This is a structured course with an emphasis on design, creativity and use of materials and is suitable for anyone interested in the subject. No previous experience of hat making is necessary
Attendance on all three will provide a strong grounding in the core techniques of the subject.

Pattern Cutting (Beginner/Intermediate)

This course is for anyone who is interested in gaining an understanding of how garments are constructed and made to fit. It is a great first step into the world of fashion. Working step by step you will create technical and mathematically accurate paper outcomes. You will begin to understand how professional pattern cutters manipulate shapes to create exciting design options.

Content is broken down into five week terms. All courses follow on from each other however it is possible to take them individually. Should you choose to continue your study beyond your initial five weeks you will have the opportunity to learn further garment and design options. There are also optional challenging extension tasks built into each term.

Sewing and Garment Construction (Beginner/Intermediate)

On this course you will learn how to sew using professional techniques. You will learn how to use a sewing machine and create a portfolio of sewing samples and finishing techniques for future
reference. You will also look at different aspects of sewing and garment construction that are used in the industry.

Returning learners will have the chance to use the skills learnt during the course to construct a toile for a basic garment in calico through extension tasks agreed with the tutor.

Sewing with Commercial Patterns (Beginner/Intermediate)

On this course you will learn how to sew and fit garments using commercial sewing patterns. You will learn how to use a sewing machine before we begin making garments. You will also be introduced to basic fitting techniques to achieve a good fit. You will look at different aspects of sewing, garment construction and learn how to use commercial patterns with confidence.
Returning learners will have the chance to build on their previous skills with more advanced sewing techniques.

Pattern Cutting (Intermediate/Advanced)

This course is for you if you want to develop your pattern cutting skills further and attain professional techniques for use in personal projects, work place, university, further study or just for fun. Learn how to draft pattern blocks from scratch and/or bring your own blocks or commercial patterns to develop into unique designs using dart manipulations, draping or style lines. Extend your 2D to 3D skills transferring your own fashion designs to patterns and garments. Practice fit analysis and transform patterns to fit perfectly.

Evening Wear and Couture Techniques (Stage 1)

This course focuses on haute couture sewing techniques. It will give you an introduction of how to create sewing, shaping and finishing techniques. The techniques that will be taught have their bases on important historical couture dresses and these are still in use today by major fashion houses. The techniques that you will learn can be used for the construction of simple hourglass evening gowns to a wedding gown.

Evening Wear and Couture Techniques (Stage 2)

Stage 2 of this course continues to focus on haute couture sewing techniques. It will give you an introduction of how to create sewing, shaping and finishing techniques as well as an introduction of the pencil skirt. The techniques that will be taught have their bases on important historical couture dresses and these techniques are still in use today by major fashion houses.
The techniques that you will learn can be used for the construction of simple hourglass evening gowns to a wedding gown.

Evening Wear and Couture Techniques (Stage 3)

Stage 3 of this course focuses on haute couture sewing techniques. It will give you an introduction of how to create sewing, shaping and finishing techniques as well as an introduction of the most important element of an evening gown, the corselets. The techniques that will be taught have their basis on important historical couture dresses and these techniques are still in use today by major fashion houses.

The techniques that you will learn can be used for the construction of simple hourglass evening gowns to a wedding gown.

Garment Construction Stage 2 (Beginner/Intermediate)

Discover how to make your own clothes using professional sewing methods. Working with a commercial pattern, we will take a structured, step-by-step approach. You will learn to sew important finishing details and achieve a technically accurate clean, crisp finish for your garments. This two day course is for beginners or those with some previous experience. It is a fantastic introduction into the world of fashion and sewing. All courses follow on from each other, with a different garment type each term. However it is possible to take these courses individually. There are also optional extension tasks built into each term.

Garment Construction Stage 3 (Beginner/Intermediate)

Discover how to make your own clothes using professional sewing methods. Working with a commercial pattern, we will take a structured, step-by-step approach. You will learn to sew important finishing details and achieve a technically accurate clean, crisp finish for your garments. This two day course is for beginners or those with some previous experience. It is a fantastic introduction into the world of fashion and sewing. All courses follow on from each other, with a different garment type each term. However it is possible to take these courses individually. There are also optional extension tasks built into each term.

Lingerie Techniques (Stage 1)

Over this two-day course you will be introduced to sewing lingerie using commercial patterns. You will learn how to handle finer fabrics and techniques such as French seams, applying elastic, Rouleau straps and pin hems. You will also learn about embellishment with lace and ribbons. You will produce a range of samples before we move on to learn about fabrics, lay plans and cutting techniques. There are three stages to this course over which you can produce a camisole, shorts and chemise using the skills you have gained.

Lingerie Techniques (Stage 2)

Over this two-day course you will be introduced to sewing lingerie using commercial patterns. You will learn how to handle finer fabrics and techniques such as French seams, applying elastic, Rouleau straps and pin hems. You will also learn about embellishment with lace and ribbons. You will produce a range of samples before we move on to learn about fabrics, lay plans and cutting techniques. There are three stages to this course over which you can produce a camisole, shorts and chemise using the skills you have gained.

Lingerie Techniques (Stage 3)

Over this two-day course you will be introduced to sewing lingerie using commercial patterns. You will learn how to handle finer fabrics and techniques such as French seams, applying elastic, Rouleau straps and pin hems. You will also learn about embellishment with lace and ribbons. You will produce a range of samples before we move on to learn about fabrics, lay plans and cutting techniques. There are three stages to this course over which you can produce a camisole, shorts and chemise using the skills you have gained.

Millinery: Hat Making Stage 1 (Beginner/Intermediate)

In addition to our weekend hat making courses this new course gives an introduction to the techniques used to produce stylish, contemporary hats.

Each term will focus on different materials and methods: Felt in the autumn, Straw, Sinamay and woven materials in spring, and in summer, the development of patterns for both soft and structured hats will be in focus. Each course will cover a range of techniques to enable you to produce modern hats with a professional finish.

This is a structured course with an emphasis on design, creativity and use of materials and is suitable for anyone interested in the subject. No previous experience of hat making is necessary
Attendance on all three will provide a strong grounding in the core techniques of the subject.

Millinery: Hat Making Stage 2 (Beginner/Intermediate)

This new addition to our weekend hat making courses this course gives an introduction to the techniques used to produce stylish, contemporary hats.

Each term will focus on different materials and methods: Felt in the autumn, Straw, Sinamay and woven materials in spring and in summer, the development of patterns for both soft and structured hats will be in focus. Each course will cover a range of techniques to enable you to produce modern hats with a professional finish.

This is a structured course with an emphasis on design, creativity and use of materials and is suitable for anyone interested in the subject. No previous experience of hat making is necessary. Attendance on all three will provide a very strong grounding in the core techniques of the subject.

Millinery: Hat Making Stage 3 (Beginner/Intermediate)

In addition to our weekend hat making courses this new course gives a more in depth knowledge and skills to the techniques used to produce stylish, contemporary hats.

Each term will focus on different materials and methods: Felt in the autumn, Straw, Sinamay and woven materials in spring and in Summer, the development of patterns for both soft and structured hats will be the focus. Each course will cover a range of techniques to enable you to produce modern hats with a professional finish.

This is a structured course with an emphasis on design, creativity and use of materials and is suitable for anyone interested in the subject. No previous experience of hat making is necessary
Attendance on all three will provide you with a strong grounding in the core techniques of the subject.

Pattern Cutting Stage 1 (Beginner/Intermediate)

This course is for anyone who is interested in gaining an understanding of how garments are constructed and made to fit. It is a great first step into the world of fashion.

You will learn how to draft a fitted block according to individual measurements and gain an understanding of how to use darts to achieve different design options. You will Discover the professional approach to the discipline of pattern cutting for fashion. Working step by step you will create technical and mathematically accurate paper outcomes.

Pattern Cutting Stage 2 (Beginner/Intermediate)

This course is for anyone who is interested in gaining an understanding of how garments are constructed and made to fit. . It is a great first step into the world of fashion and developing a professional approach.

Discover how to use a block to create different garment styles. You will manoeuvre the block to develop your patterns adaptation skills and to create exciting garment shapes, panels and design options on paper.  All courses follow on from each other however it is possible to take them individually.

Pattern Cutting Stage 3 (Beginner/Intermediate)

This course is for anyone who is interested in gaining an understanding of how garments are constructed and made to fit. It is a great first step into the world of fashion and developing a professional approach.

Draping on the stand, also called modelling, is a pattern cutting technique used by many designers to create garments on the stand to quickly achieve results by allowing you to play directly with the fabric and adjust details.

Learn how to record and transfer this information onto paper to create professional pattern pieces.  All courses follow on from each other however it is possible to take them individually.

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