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Calling all aspiring fashion designers! In this 1 day course you will learn how to make a sweatshirt/top for yourself!

What will you learn on this course?

  • How to sew/how to operate a sewing machine & overlocker
  • How to cut out fabric
  • How to construct a garment
  • How to make adaptations to a garment (you could make your top cropped/shorten the sleeves/higher the neckline)

The course is delivered through a mixture of demonstrations and instruction and an open workshop environment. Young people will gain confidence and work with others in a group setting, they will learn how to follow instruction to make a successful sewing project. Students will gain an understanding of fashion, making clothes and fitting garments.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for young people aged 14 to 17 years. It is open to all levels, complete beginners will be introduced to designing, sewing and making garments, and those who are looking to improve their skills will be guided by the tutor.

All our staff are DBS checked. 

The course is accessible for young people with disabilities who can undertake practical sewing activities including operating a sewing machine and using an iron. A learning support worker is provided and parent or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs before booking.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to

Do you need to bring anything?

You will need to bring 1.5-2 metres of stretch fabric. This must be suitable for making a sweatshirt style top. 

The following fabrics are suitable: 

 Ponte Roma

Sweatshirt fleece

French Terry Double knit


Sweater knit 

These can be found online or in a variety of Birmingham based fabric stores. If you go shopping for the fabric, ensure it feels like a jumper/sweatshirt would do/ask the sales assistants for advice! - you will also be sent suggestions/links after booking your place. 

A selection of essential sewing equipment and materials will be provided, along with scrap fabric to test out your sewing techniques. 

If you have pins/tailors chalk/own equipment feel free to bring it but it will be provided otherwise.  

If you own a sewing machine and prefer to use it you can have it PAT tested for a cost of £5 and bring it in to use during class. Please contact us before attending the course so that we can arrange this to be done for you.

Are there any additional costs?

Items listed above that you do not already have must be provided at your own expense.

Learners need to bring their own lunch to eat on a supervised one-hour break.

Who teaches this course?

Charlotte Stacey

MAC's Autumn 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 Term Courses will go on sale at 9am, Sat 31 July 2021.

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