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Dressmaking (NCFE Level 1) - Part-time

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Course outline

The course will cover how to safely use sewing machines, and other equipment. Learn how to sew and construct simple garments and accessories using the correct techniques as well as understand body measurements and cut out fabric. You will then learn to understand the sewing pattern instructions and, using the correct techniques, construct your first garment or accessory.

Next steps

You can enrol on this course by telephone, in person or by post. Click below to find out how!

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Location Date(s) Course code Fees / reductions


The Textile Workshop
The Textile Workshop, 621 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham NG5 2FX


01 November 2017 - 28 February 2018

Course code:


Fees / reductions:

Full fee: £219

Fees may be waived if you are in receipt of certain benefits.


Farnborough Road, Clifton, Nottingham NG11 8LU


01 November 2017 - 24 January 2018

Course code:


Fees / reductions:

Full fee: £219

Fees may be waived if you are in receipt of certain benefits.


NCFE Award in Creative Crafts Level 1



Level Level 1
Entry requirements

No entry requirements. You will be required to complete a work book, and so must be able to complete written work as well as practical element of the course.

Due to funding rules, you may only enrol on ONE NCFE course for level 1 in each academic year.

Teaching & assessment

The NCFE Award Creative Crafts Level 1 consists of 3 modules:

  • Exploring tools and materials
  • Researching and planning a project
  • Completing an individual project of your choice. 

Completing the level 1 course will give you sound a basis for further learning in your chosen craft area. Assessment is ongoing,and you will receive verbal and written formative feedback as the course progresses.


By attending the course you will have increased your knowledge, skills and understanding to help you move on and take up further opportunities open to you.

Your tutor will discuss progression opportunities with you at the final session as part of the course evaluation. These may include other community courses, employability skills courses, volunteering opportunities and progression onto other Nottingham College courses.

Additional information

Sewing machines and other large equipment is supplied, but you should bring your own “easy” dress or accessory pattern and basic sewing kit of scissors, pins & needles, and a tape measure to the first session (all can be bought for about £5).  You will need to supply all other materials and threads etc. for the project and this cost will depend on the fabric purchased, but we encourage re-using, recycling and love charity shops! We also have stock of trim, dress patterns and fabric to practice on at The Textile Workshop.

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Course fees 

You may be able to study for free! Check whether you are eligible here.


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