Clothesmaking is a great skill to have if you're interested in working in fashion or going on to do a fashion course. This course will teach you the sewing skills you need to make your own clothes to a high standard.
By the end of the course you'll be able to:
- Thread and use a sewing machine and overlocker to sew seams
- Identify types of paper patterns and suitable fabric
- Read a paper pattern and lay, pin and cut out fabric
- Complete sample seams and hand sewn finishes
- Understand how to make a simple garment. Depending on your ability you may be able to complete a garment of your own during the course.
This course is suitable for beginners, but if you already have some previous experience you can learn more advanced clothesmaking techniques such as setting in sleeves, making and applying a collar, and creating different types of pockets.
Your tutor will give you feedback and advice. You'll also complete self assessment and homework.
You'll need to bring your own sewing box, patterns, fabrics, interlinings and linings. Your tutor will give you a list of exactly what you need to get in your first class. If you have no existing equipment, there may be a charge to cover this cost. There are sewing machines, overlockers, irons and metal rulers you can use at the College.
This course will provide you with plenty of skills that would be useful on a fashion, clothesmaking or sewing course. You can further your knowledge by taking another course at the College.
All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.
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23 Apr 2018 Part Time DayMertonWhere and whenLocation:MertonTimes:09:30-12:00Duration:9 weeksStudy mode:?Part Time DayDays:MondayStart:23/04/2018End:02/07/2018Code:ML004S3AA/MD17Where and whenLocation:MertonTimes:19:00-21:30Duration:9 weeksStudy mode:?Part Time EveningDays:MondayStart:23/04/2018End:02/07/2018Code:ML004S3AA/ME17
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What can I earn?
Fee reductions for adult short courses
|Cost of course by campus|
|Students who are:||Wandsworth||Tooting||Merton|
|Receiving income-based benefits||£40*||£40*||50% discount**|
|Aged 60 or over||
* There is no reduction for courses costing less than £40
** Non-accredited courses only (courses that don't lead to a certificate or qualification)
How to apply for reduced fees
Come to Student Services at any of our campuses with payment and proof of your age or benefit status.
Accepted proof of age:
- Driving license
Accepted proof of benefits:
- A benefits letter dated from the last two months
There are no discounts available for any of our CELTA courses. To find out more about CELTA email us at email@example.com
You might be able to get a discount on some courses if:
- You are 60+ years of age. You may have to pay for materials on some courses
If you're on income-based benefit. It's usually £37 each term. You may have to pay for materials on some courses. There is no College registration fee for leisure courses.
Please bring proof of your benefit status that is less than two months old when you enrol.
You don't have to pay tuition or exam costs but you may have to pay for materials on some courses.
Please note that if you're applying for a reduced fee, your benefit evidence needs to be no older than two months.
Aged 19 or older not on benefits
You will have to pay tuition and exam costs and you may have to pay for materials on some courses.
Aged 19 or older on 'Active Benefits' eg Jobseekers Allowance
You don't have to pay tuition or exam costs but you may have to pay for materials on some courses. Please note that JSA signing on books are not accepted as proof of benefits for a reduced fee.
Aged 19 or older on other benefits eg income support
You may get a discount depending on the type or level of education you've done already. You may have to pay for materials on some courses.
New government funding for 24 and older!!
If you are taking a Level 3 or 4 course, you may be able to get a government loan to cover your course. Find out more here.
There is a College registration fee of £30 but only if you are on a qualification course that is not 'full cost'. You don't pay it if you're 18 or younger or on Active Benefits.
For CELTA courses
Apply for CELTA courses using the application form here. If you're applying for the CELTA taster day you'll need to follow the steps below to enrol.
For courses not leading to a qualification
You can enrol anytime between now and the start of your course using our enrolment form.
In person: Bring your completed form to any of our centres Monday to Thursday: 8.45am-7.00pm (10-4 during College holidays) Friday: 8.45am-4.00pm or Saturday 9.00am-1.00pm with:
- Evidence of benefits or age(if you are applying for a reduced fee)
- Payment (cash, cheque, credit or debit card)
By post (only if paying full fee): Send the enrolment form with a cheque or the credit card information completed to:
College Enquiry Unit, South Thames College, Merton Campus, FREEPOST CN2701, London Road, Morden Surrey, SM4 5QX
Please do not send cash in the post. Cheques should be made payable to: South Thames College Corporation. Please note we don't accept Electron or American Express cards.
By phone (only if paying full fee): Call us Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm on 020 8918 7777 with your credit or debit card to hand. You will soon be able to pay online too.
Advanced Learner Loan
If you're 19 or older at the start of this course and you've lived in the UK for 3 or more years, you could get a loan to help with your tuition fees. It's not means-tested, and you won't need to pay it back until you've finished your course and earn over £21,000 a year.
If you get an Advanced Learner Loan to study an Access course then go on to complete a HE course, your loan repayments will be wiped off.
The amount you'll receive depends on the course and tuition fees. The minimum is £300.
How to apply
You can apply for this loan once you've got a place on the course. After you've accepted your place we'll send you a learning and funding information letter which you need to complete your loan application. You can do this online on the gov.uk website.
For full details about the loan and eligibility, see the UK government website.