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Fashion Making: Clone Your Clothes

Fashion making clone your clothes
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 12 July 2021
  • Course duration: Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week


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Do you have an item of clothing that you can’t seem to take off for sentimental reasons or because it’s just such a good, flattering fit?

This course will teach you different techniques to take patterns from your favourite clothes without having to unpick the original.


If you’ve existing basic sewing skills and would like to develop your understanding of garment construction further, then this is the course for you.

You’ll have the opportunity to combine sewing skills with pattern cutting to complete a garment to your own size and measurements.

You’ll be introduced to the techniques through group demonstrations, handling samples, paper-based instructions and one-to-one feedback.

Secure your place with a deposit

If you're booking two months or more before the course starts, we can accept a £100 deposit to secure your place.

The balance is due one month before the course starts.

Our standard booking terms and conditions apply.

Email us to find out how: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

What will I gain?

You’ll leave this course with at least one finished, professional-level garment that is identical to the original, plus one or more calico toiles so you can continue to make clothes at home with different fabrics.

You’ll also have a deeper understanding of pattern cutting tools, lay-planning, grainlines and the making process from start to finish (including overlocking, fitting and finishing).

Tutor Profile: Deidre Niddrie has had a varied career working as a garment technologist and assistant designer for Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson and Victoria Beckham.

She is now an experienced Senior Fashion Technician at Nottingham Trent University.

Indicative maximum class size: 10

Need accommodation for a summer course?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms. Find out more at: www.ntu.ac.uk/summeraccommodation

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During the course you will:

  • explore the anatomy of your chosen garments
  • understand the tools used in pattern cutting
  • watch useful demonstrations of copying a pattern
  • draft your own patterns
  • make a basic toile
  • complete a fitting and alter your pattern accordingly
  • construct your garment to a high finish.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Entry requirement: You should have already made a few basic garments, feel confident using a sewing machine and be able to work from a simple commercial paper pattern.

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Entry requirement: You should have already made a few basic garments, feel confident using a sewing machine and be able to work from a simple commercial paper pattern.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £575.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £575.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

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