Fashion Making for 15 - 17 Year Olds

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  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 27 July 2020
  • Course duration: Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

On this practical course, you’ll learn the three most important skills in making womenswear: how to cut a pattern, how to use a sewing machine and how to make adjustments to a pattern.

It’s ideal if you are new to making clothes and want to learn either for personal projects or to add work to a portfolio.


Having hand-sewing or machine-sewing experience before the course is useful, but not essential.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you will have marked, cut and assembled a dress in your chosen fabric.

If you are feeling particularly brave, you may have made a start on a second project.

You will also have technical notes to help you continue making fashion in the future, and photographs of your work in progress for your portfolio.

You'll have real hands-on experience of what it's like to be a fashion student at university.

Tutor Profile: Leann Marshall has had a varied career as a costumer for film and theatre, a couture retailer and now runs a bespoke bridal wear design service, alongside prom wear, alterations and occasional interior styling and design projects.

Additional to working in the garment industry, Leann has had much experience in teaching others in the skills of sewing and garment construction.

Need accommodation?

If you’re aged 16 or 17 you can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms: www.ntu.ac.uk/summeraccommodation

Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award?

This course can count as your Gold DofE Residential.

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course, you will learn how to:

  • read a pattern and understand the terminology
  • take measurements correctly
  • mark fabric, pin and cut with accuracy
  • thread a sewing machine and over-locker, and use the correct stitches
  • choose the right fabric for a garment (a trip to a fabric store will be included)
  • complete a dress fitting
  • make pattern-adjustments, such as adding and adjusting darts and the different types of seams and finishes.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £525.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £525.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418