When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Course Code W23FASA04C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This project based course lets you refine your skills at intermediate level. You will work through projects such as pockets, collars, cuffs, plackets, waistbands, facings and intermediate concepts of fit and garment adjustments. All new students joining the course will begin by making a Classic Shirt-Style Garment - starting from personal fitting and pattern alterations, through to making a shirt in a personal fabric choice, using many intermediate features and finishing techniques.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use body measurements to choose an appropriate pattern size
  • Use fitting techniques to create a garment to fit your own body type
  • Execute and record pattern alterations for appropriate level
  • Select fabric appropriate for skill level and garment styles
  • Use and analyse intermediate commercial pattern instructions
  • Execute construction and finishing techniques to an intermediate finish


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Teaching is both to the whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, hand-outs and other technical support material where appropriate. You will receive feedback throughout your course to help you develop your skills. For you to be able to achieve on this practical class punctuality and attendance are key. Please inform your tutor of any absences. Microsoft Teams will be used for general class specific communication and for posting additional information. Health and safety inductions are planned into your course delivery, and you are asked not to use any machinery or specialist equipment until you have received specific training. Morley provides a positive and friendly atmosphere and to support this all students should be considerate and kind and work in a collegiate and collaborative way and to not monopolise the tutor.

    Entry requirements

    This course is an intermediate level class. To prepare this level, we recommend you complete two or more beginner level courses at Morley College (one of these must be a garment with set-in sleeves) or have equivalent experience. By enrolling at this level, you confirm you are able to: Check body measurements against pattern and understand ease. Carry out basic pattern alterations such as lengthening/shortening, widening/narrowing. Use and measure grainlines and cut out fabric following lay plans. Understand pattern markings. Use a sewing machine confidently and safely. For Students to fully benefit from this course it is important that they have the correct level of existing skills. If after the first session, it becomes apparent that this is not the right course for you, we can arrange a transfer to an alternative course at the right level for you, subject to availability. Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English. Digital, mathematics and numeracy skills are desirable but not essential.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Activities in class can involve standing at high tables for a period of time. Please let the tutor know if this would be difficult for you. Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control. The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear building and there is lift access to the first floor. Please note eating and drinking is not allowed in the fashion studios - you are allowed to have bottled water.

    What you need

    A sewing kit: fabric scissors, trimming scissors, tape measure, Dressmaking, tailor’s chalk, needle and threads.• Pattern Alteration Equipment: Paper Scissors, Tracing Wheel, Carbon Paper, Scotch/Magic tape, Pencils and coloured pens, rubber. Stationery: Notebook and A4 folder. You must provide your own fabrics, haberdashery, threads, etc. for use on your projects, the purchase of these will be discussed during the first lesson. Students must provide their own patterns. New students will be able to buy a pattern during the first lesson for no more than £12. Paper and card are available for use in the classroom. Calico for making Toiles is available at cost price. You will need to purchase a machine bobbin from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course.

    What you can do next

    Ready for more? So are we! You can continue honing your practice by taking additional Clothes Making Intermediate classes or you can try our Draping on the Stand course next to continue building on your skills or explore some of our other Clothes Making and Pattern Cutting courses. Continue your journey with us in a variety of engaging courses on offer all the way up to a full BA (Hons) in Fashion Design. Visit www.morleycollege.ac.uk today for more inspiration and information!