Introduction to Garment Making

This is an introductory course that will give you an insight into how a garment is made from start to finish. You will be guided on how to draft a basic block pattern and a pattern to match the garment design by following pattern drafting instructions before moving onto the toile and making of the final garment stage. Throughout the process, you will be guided through each stage and shown various techniques.

The course is designed so that it is suitable even for beginners who may not be confident with sewing or have any knowledge about pattern cutting. It is also suitable for intermediate level students who may already have some knowledge but want to exercise and/or improve the skills they already have.

At the end of this course, you will;

  • Learn how to draft a basic pattern block
  • Have an understanding on how to manipulate the basic pattern block according to the garment design you want
  • Understand the importance of the toile stage
  • Be able to construct/assemble a garment
  • Be able to recognise some sewing techniques and garment finishes

Dates: 25th January to 15th March 2018

Duration: 8 weeks

Time: Thursday evening 6pm – 9pm

Class size: 8 max

Price: £200

Materials: Although some materials are included students should bring with them their own stationary such as:

  • Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Paper scissors
  • Calculator/or use the calculator on their phone (used for pattern cutting)
  • Sellotape/masking tape

Additonally if they could or already have it:

  • Fabric scissors
  • Measuring tape

They should also purchase their own fabric(s) and trimmings, thread, zips buttons etc for their own projects which will be discussed with the tutor

Recommended pattern cutting book students should consider for the course: Winifred Aldrich’s Metric Pattern Cutting for Womenswear and/or Menswear

Tutor: Sophia Suk wan Chan


Course Level:
Introductory and those who are new to making, sewing and working with fabrics

All bookings must be made online and payments must be made in full to guarantee a place. If you have an enquiry please email ams.courses@outoftheblue.org.uk or telephone 0743 629 2533 – we aim to get back to you within two working days.