Clothesmaking - Level 1 award in garment construction

Course details

Clothesmaking - Level 1
award in garment
EV1090 Friday
27.09.19 30 £304/Free Gearies


How will this course benefit me?

This course will benefit anyone who would like to acquire the necessary skills for making their own clothes and wishes to obtain a recognised Gateway qualification: Level 1 Award in Progression – Garment Construction: Sewing Skills.  This course could enhance your job prospects or give you the basis to continue on to a full-time fashion course.


What are the entry requirements?

The course is suitable for complete beginners and for those with some sewing knowledge who wish to develop their sewing techniques.

You must be willing and able to work towards building a Portfolio of Evidence which will be formally assessed by the tutor. 

Reasonably good hand-eye coordination is also necessary.

Please note: This course is not run as a workshop, and learners will be expected to follow the course programme and projects set by the tutor. Learners must attend regularly to ensure progress. Learners must be willing to work towards the Level 1 Award which is assessed through a portfolio of coursework.


What will I learn?

You will learn:

  • About the tools and equipment used in garment construction for marking, measuring, pinning, cutting, stitching and pressing. 
  • How to perform basic hand sewing techniques using a variety of stitches and how to select appropriate fabrics and threads for hand sewing.
  • How to use a sewing machine to do straight, zigzag and decorative stitching. 
  • How to use an overlocker to produce seam finishes.
  • How to construct a sewn artefact as well as learning about health and safety in relation to garment construction.


How will the course be delivered?

Demonstrations, practical work, one-to-one guidance, group work and discussions.


How will my learning be assessed?

You will receive regular verbal feedback from your tutor, who will assess you continually and informally.

An Individual Learning Plan will help you monitor your progress and reach your target.

You will produce a portfolio of evidence as the course progresses, which will be formally assessed by the tutor at the end of the course. 


What are the extra costs?

Learners will need to purchase a notebook and pen, a sewing kit (consisting of measuring tape, pins, scissors, sewing needles, threads and marking chalk). Some basic equipment is provided. However, bobbins will need to be purchased for use with your own coloured cottons. Whatever garment you make, you will need to buy fabric, trimmings and all the equipment needed to complete it, at a minimum cost of £10. There will also be a small charge for materials needed to produce samples.


What can I progress to next?

Further courses at the Institute, or with other external providers.


Health & Safety requirements?

You will need to follow the tutor’s instructions on health & safety procedures and learn

how to use a sewing machine safely.