Garment Making – Level 1 (classroom-based)

Garment Making – Level 1 (classroom-based)

Duration: 11 weeks
Start Date: Wednesday 19 January 2022 (inductions: week commencing Monday 10 January 2022)
Day and time: Wednesday, 1-4pm
Course fees: £97.50 / FREE (fee remissions available)
Enrolment information: For information on how to apply, please call 01482 615 349 / 616 580 or email:

Course Aims

This accredited unit aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to plan and construct a garment using a commercial pattern.

N.B. This course is advertised in our new publicity as Entry 3.

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for learners with prior knowledge and practical experience of the subject who wish to further develop their skills and understanding and gain a qualification.

You must be able to use the sewing machine competently to create sewn pieces, have an awareness of commercial patterns and some knowledge of sewing techniques and processes.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please call 01482 615 349 / 616 580 or email:

Course Content

This is a classroom based, workshop-style course with supporting online content.

You will learn practical sewing skills and techniques by working on a self-chosen sewing project suitable for your level of skill and ability making a garment

Your project is your choice, you may wish to construct a simple skirt or top or undertake a more demanding construction.

The tutor will discuss your ideas with you at induction.

During the course you will observe tutor demonstration and explanation of techniques and processes integral to garment construction.

Some of the areas covered:

  • Safety in the sewing room
  • Using the controls and functions on a sewing machine
  • Planning how to create a garment
  • How to use a commercial pattern
  • Understanding and using seam allowance, grainlines, pattern markings, neatening methods.
  • Construction techniques

Some written work is required. You will complete a short booklet documenting your understanding of safety in the workroom, basic sewing requirements and sewing methods, and evaluating your work.

You will provide your own pattern, fabric, threads, haberdashery and notions.

You may bring your own sewing machine to class. Machines must be PAT tested which can be done on site.

We have machines and some basic equipment available for you to use at the centre.

Assessment Method

Gateway unit – Level 1 – 3 credits

Learning outcomes must be met to gain the qualification.

Assessment of learning is measured through product inspection, observation, discussion, feedback and written work.

Where can it lead?

After this course you may wish to advance to a higherlevel accredited course such as Level 1 Fashion/Textile course. Further progression may be on to a Level 2 and 3 course, and then to a degree course in Fashion/Textiles.

Initially career choices may direct you towards becoming a:

  • Sewing or Sample Machinist
  • Costume Designer
  • Dressmaker
  • Self-employed Craft Worker

We also offer a range of courses in the practical arts which can assist you in discovering something for yourself that can develop your own skills and interests.

As a Hull Training and Adult Education learner you have access to our Careers Advice Service. Our advisers are on hand to guide you through options and support you to achieve your full potential.  Ask your tutor to refer you, if required.

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