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Dressmaking (crafts) - College Certificate

Course Level: 

College Certificate

Overview of the course: 

Lorna King, has taught for many years in Further Education, with families, and in one to one sessions. She enjoys helping people to create, develop confidence and skills using textiles, hand and machine stitch, rag rugs, knitting, papers, paint, folding, manipulating and much more. She now has the pleasure of teaching workshops for East Durham College where you will all be able to take home a personal piece of work that you have designed and made.
Her workshops aim to be creative and fun. Beginners, intermediate and confident abilities, all are welcome. A lot of her personal work is made with recycled materials and objects but you may use your own personal stash!
A favourite for many is sewing machine skills where you will learn how to use your own machine, maintenance, all the stitches and feet that you may never have tried before creating a range of stitch samples for reference. These can then be further developed into fashion items, children’s clothes, toys, soft furnishings, home accessories, textile accessories and art textiles.

Entry requirements: 

No entry requirements


Bring your own pattern, learn how to read and understand the instructions, how to use correct fabrics and notions for chosen outfit. How to cut out correctly, insert a zip, buttonholes, apply correct interfacing if required. If you choose to recycle fabric learn how to prepare it for use (deconstruct and reconstruct). Depending on skill level you may make any garment in any shape or size.
Requirements for this workshop include:
a basic skirt or trouser pattern, fabric, notions as seen on pattern, threads, sewing kit to include cutting out scissors, small scissors, seam ripper, pins, needles, tailors chalk, tape measure, your own sewing machine with booklet and spare machine needles.

How is the course assessed?: 

No assessment

Length of the course: 

12 hours over 2 days
10am - 4pm each day


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

Wednesday 1st August and Thursday 2nd Agusut 2018

More important information about this course:


£94 per person
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (20 Jun 2018 12:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

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