Start Date:

Wednesday 28th April 2021


6 - 9 pm


38 weeks over 1 year - no classes during school holidays


£950.00 (3-month installment option available)


The Fashion Loop Studio, Bedford

(Castle Road area – details upon registration


This 1-Year course is ideal for students who wish to learn to sew garments to a high standard and already have basic level pattern cutting skills.


The course will start with imparting in-depth technical information about using a sewing machine, overlocker steam press, and the basic to intermediate level techniques used for professional garment construction.

This will include:


- How to use your sewing machine providing full insight into the basics

- How to set up & use the overlocker
- How to create a perfect stitch by fine-tuning the stitch tension
- About sewing threads, needle sizes, the function of commonly used sewing feet
- Seams used for garment production

- Zips: Trouser Fly front, Invisible Zip

- Interlinings

- Pockets: from basic level patch pockets to advance level jetted pockets.  
- Troubleshooting

Students will given demonstrations, patterns, handouts, and support to learn these steps thoroughly. 


From approximately the 2/3rd point of the course, students will start the process of combining sewing & pattern cutting skills.

As the groups are small, this allows for flexibility and students can collectively choose the route that they wish to pursue.


For example, in previous courses, students have learnt:


- How to extract garment patterns from existing garments so they can reproduce their favourite pieces in new fabrics and/or make subtle changes such as change the length, neckline

- How to adapt commercial patterns – At The Fashion Loop, we have developed a fantastic technique that enables students to adapt, tailor and contour commercial patterns to their (or another persons) body measurements.

- Create a custom fit garment pattern from scratch such as a fit and flare dress and complete the manufacture of the dress.


Students will begin applying these principles with simple garments; as the skills develop, students will progress to increasingly advanced designs. Each garment will contain many technical aspects that apply to many other types of garments.


During the course, students will:


· learn how to read & use commercial patterns

· learn how to adapt commercial patterns to fit your body

· learn many garment making techniques & skills

· study of different fabrics & interlinings

· create toiles and produce garments in own their fabrics

· develop confidence, independence to embark on own projects

· create garments that fit well and flatter the body


This course will require students to undertake some study and practice at home.


What is included:

- use of sewing machines & relevant production equipment

- a garment pattern

- refreshments


We encourage you to bring your own fully serviced sewing machine. If you do not have a sewing machine, we will provide it.

The group size is restricted 4 students to allow for each student to receive individual support.



April: 28th

May: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

June: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

July: 7th, 14th, 21st

September: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

October: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

November: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

December: 1st, 8th, 15th

January: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

February: 2nd, 9th, 23rd

March: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd