Fashion, sewing and clothes making

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own clothes? We offer different length fashion courses aimed at absolute beginners and those who want to further develop their clothes making skills, or add pattern cutting as another technique in garment construction. We have a range of courses such as how to use a sewing machine, make clothes for yourself, family and children. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.
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  1. Embroidery and embelishment for fashion and textiles

    Course Date: Sun 15 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the world of embroidery and embellishment. Explore a concept of your choice through experimentation with embroidery and embellishment techniques using hand and machine methods.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  2. Fashion: advanced sewing skills

    Course Date: Mon 14 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Practice working with silk, fine or any luxury fabric to sew a summer dress or party wear from a pattern. Learn how to cut, sew and work neatly. Suitable for those with some sewing experience.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  3. Fashion: beginners' sewing skills

    Course Date: Mon 23 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make a skirt from a simple pattern. You will be guided step by step to produce a garment in a fabric you choose, incorporating, with easy techniques, a zip, buttons and waistband.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  4. Fashion: garment construction for improvers

    Course Date: Thu 21 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to advance your skills? This course is a great way to develop your clothesmaking skills in order to construct a shirt, enhance your finish and create a timeless addition to your working wardrobe. Suitable for both mens' and ladieswear.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  5. Fashion: intermediate sewing skills

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Practice working with a jersey / stretch fabric & sew a comfortable & wearable top from a pattern which can be adapted into a dress. Learn how to cut, sew and work neatly. Suitable for those with some sewing experience.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  6. Introduction to clothes making

    Course Date: Fri 22 Sep 2017 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make your own clothes. This beginner's course will teach you how to use the sewing machine, as well as basic sewing techniques and processes. Start by sampling, then construct a simple garment.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  7. Introduction to hand sewing

    Course Date: Mon 25 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the basics of hand sewing and build your confidence in using this skill to repair and adapt. Get to grips with a variety of simple stitches to make seams and hems, and attach buttons. Tutor: Heather Belcher.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  8. Introduction to monogramming on leather

    Course Date: Mon 11 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make a hand-stitched wallet or small bag with zip, and personalise it with your own gold stamped initials. You'll explore decorative embossing techniques in firm hide along the way.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  9. Introduction to using the sewing machine

    Course Date: Sun 24 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Become familiar with the sewing machine, learning how to thread up and use the machine safely and competently. Practise machine stitching different seams, hems and inserting a zip. Basic materials included.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Leather fashion accessories

    Course Date: Thu 19 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to a range of construction and decoration techniques for hand-stitched leather goods and accessories. Explore the decorative qualities of vegetable-tanned leather and learn how to make belts, cuffs, purses, boxes and small bags in firm leather. Tutor: Katherine Pogson.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £213.00

  11. Leather wallets

    Course Date: Thu 7 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Make a simple, folding leather wallet by hand over two evenings. You will be guided step by step, with the option to adapt the pattern to your own design. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Tutor: Katherine Pogson.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  12. Make a leather satchel

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Start the new season with a custom-made messenger bag! Learn to adapt a pattern, cut out, attach buckles and other fittings, and construct your own bag in firm hide, incorporating fabric if you wish. Tutor: Katherine Pogson.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  13. Making responsibly: the Oxfam project

    Course Date: Sat 10 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Breathe new life into old fabrics and unused clothing. You will be taught how to upcycle garments by deconstructing and re-constructing, draping on the stand, using design skills, textile stitch skills and print techniques.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  14. Sewing on Sundays: advanced

    Course Date: Sun 6 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Bring your own sewing project and be guided by an industry professional. Skills you could develop include - altering patterns to fit, couture sewing techniques, or guidance with creating a more complicated garment from a pattern.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  15. Sewing on Sundays: beginners

    Course Date: Sun 1 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Start making clothes with a fun A-line skirt in a fabric of your choice. Learn how to choose the right pattern size, lay out pattern pieces, cut out and sew seams, zips, waist facings and hems.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

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