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Introduction to Fashion Production: Garment Manufacture – Fashion Sewing Skills

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The Fashion Production evening classes consists of two courses which cover the essentials of professional womenswear clothing production.

Course 1 focuses on pattern cutting which essentially is about manual flat pattern cutting to draft patterns from scratch. There is no sewing involved.

Course 2 (this web page) focuses on the process of making a garment which includes learning a range of technical sewing skills.

Both courses are ideal for beginners who are able to commit and those who have some experience. Full involvement by the student is expected including practice time at home. 

The courses can equip students with confidence, technical skills, in-depth knowledge to kick start your journey to producing garments to a professional standard. Whether students wish to pursue personal sewing projects, or higher level courses in fashion production or fashion design, this course can help provide a stable foundation.

Throughout the courses students will work with woven (non-stretch) fabrics and learn about achieving a fit using tailoring skills.

It is not essential to attend both courses or attend them sequentially, however in doing so it will gain the full scope of skills enabling greater independence.

Course content

Course 2: Garment Manufacture – Basic to Advanced Fashion Sewing Skills
L1482S3 & L1482S4

Students are introduced to technical fashion sewing with beginner’s tutorial into setting up and using your sewing machine and how to operate an overlocker.

Students will work through a range of sewing skills exercises and combine these skills to create an item of clothing from a garment pattern.

This useful course includes measuring, cutting, sewing techniques, fitting and pressing.

The following points are covered in the Fashion Sewing Skills Course: 

Basic Elements:

  • Advanced understanding of sewing machine, overlocker and troubleshooting
  • Learning of different seams ranging from basic to advanced
  • Expanding technical fashion terminology and application

Intermediate Elements:

  • Cutting the cloth – layout of pattern pieces, accurate cutting of cloth
  • Sewing a garment to professional level

Advanced Elements:

  • Various styles of pockets
  • Fly fronts
  • Waistbands

Additional information

To take part in Course 2 (L1482S3/S4) the following equipment will be required:

  • Students are encouraged to bring their own sewing machine
  • Sharp fabric scissors
  • Pin cushion

Industry size 12 blocks will be used throughout the course so the teaching does not cover making custom made-to-measure blocks or making patterns specifically to individuals’ body measurements.

This course can provide the essential knowledge which can help students to create personalised blocks as a step up from this course.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 7 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Course Information & How to Apply

Please call our Customer Contact team on 01234 291000 to book onto this course. Alternatively you can visit our Customer Contact team at our Cauldwell Street campus. View our opening hours.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
16 weeks 05/03/2020 Thu 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £299 Cauldwell Street L1482S4 Course in progress


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

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At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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