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Fashion Production (Pattern Cutting and Sewing Skills)

The Fashion Production skills training consists of two courses which cover the essentials of fashion clothing production. The courses are ideal for beginner level and will equip you with wide ranging, in-depth knowledge and experience to produce garments to a professional standard. You will gain a solid foundation, inspiration and confidence for your own sewing projects, or to go on to higher level courses in fashion production or fashion design. Throughout the course you will work with woven (non-stretch) fabrics and ensure good fitting is achieved through tailoring skills. It is not essential to attend the courses sequentially, however in doing so you will gain the full scope of skills enabling greater independence.

Entry requirements

An interest in Fashion would be an advantage.

Course content

Course 1 (L1482S1/S3): Pattern Cutting – from Basic to Advanced Level

Basic elements

  • Introduction to pattern cutting
  • Pattern cutting tools and equipment
  • Understanding blocks and their application
  • Understanding grain of fabric in relation to the body
  • Understand basics of drafting a pattern
  • Understanding curves on the female body
  • In-depth learning and practice of darts and manipulation (forms basis to women’s fashion)

Intermediate elements

  • Creating a pattern from scratch for upper body: learning to draft fitted blouse/bodice designs and create pattern pieces
  • Learn how to create good fitting on the body
  • Skirts: waist dart manipulation, drafting skirts of different shapes and fittings

Advanced elements:

  • Creating of fitted/tailored dresses
  • Learning how to eliminate waist seams through advanced dart manipulation
  • Create advanced level drafts and pattern pieces ready for cutting into fabric

Course 2 (L1482S2/S4): Garment Manufacture – Basic Sewing to Full Garment Production

Students are introduced to sewing and to using commercial patterns to make a garment. This useful course includes measuring, cutting, sewing techniques, fitting and pressing.

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
  • Collars

Additional information

To take part in Course 1 (L1482S1/S3) the following equipment will be required:

  • Sharp paper scissors
  • Automatic/mechanical pencil HB
  • Eraser
  • A4 Lever Arch folder for notes, handouts, research & samples

To take part in Course 2 (L1482S2/S4) the following equipment will be required:

  • Students are encouraged to bring their own sewing machine but not compulsory as machines are available at the college
  • Sharp fabric scissors
  • Pin cushion

Course information & how to book

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

Select the 'Enrol' button to book on to this course online. Please note: after registering you will be taken to the payment page where you will need to pay for your course.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
18 weeks 20/09/2016 Tue 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £299 Cauldwell Street L1482S1 Course in progress
18 weeks 21/09/2016 Wed 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £299 Cauldwell Street L1482S3 Course in progress
16 weeks 21/02/2017 Tue 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £289 Cauldwell Street L1482S2 Course in progress
16 weeks 22/02/2017 Wed 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £289 Cauldwell Street L1482S4 Course in progress

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, problems with English and Maths, are deaf or hearing impaired, or missing the essential skills needed to complete your course, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
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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