Industrial Pattern Cutting and Sewing  |  Accredited by ABC Awards (500/430/80)


We are running Level 1 courses for those wanting to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in pattern cutting and garment construction and is ideal for beginners and those looking for a career in the fashion and textile industry. This is a course for those that are currently unemployed and are seeking work. 

These courses are free for those who are are legally able to work in the UK and are unemployed (without work, available for work and actively seeking work) or inactive (not in employment and not registered as unemployed). The skills gained could enable you to pursue a career within the fashion and textiles industry, or move onto the next level of education.⁠

You need to be over 16 years of age and not in full time education. ⁠

ENRTY REQUIREMENTS: There are no formal entry requirements but an interest in fashion and garment construction, as well as a basic knowledge of written English is needed as well as a commitment to achieving the qualification. A pre-enrolment interview or assessment is required for this course. Again, please be advised that these current courses are for unemployed individuals. 


DURATION:  8 weeks | Mon & Tues, 9am-3.30pm


WHEN:  The current course is underway at the moment and we are at capacity.


Our next course will run in September 2021. Please keep an eye on our social media. Click the link below to register your interest and add your name to the waiting list. 

Please note, due to Covid-19 class sizes will be reduced in order to maintain social distancing regulations. 


The courses are FREE. Limited places available, so contact us now to avoid disappointment. 

You can also book on this course by calling us and booking a pre-enrolment interview - 01752210691. Or email us - kim@makershq.co.uk


Progression Routes

The opportunity to progress to a Level 2 Certificate in Fashion and Textiles or an Apprenticeships

How will I be taught and assessed?

The Course Tutors will teach and support you in a creative and friendly environment. You will be taught through practical demonstrations, research and hands on making. Assessment will be practical and feedback will be given on a regular basis.

What level is the course and do I require particular skills, experience or prior qualifications?

This Course is ideal for beginners, and no specific fashion skills are required to enrol onto this Course, although an interest in fashion and textiles would be an advantage.  English speaking, reading, writing at level E3 will be needed to enable you to complete the work and basic numeracy is desirable.

What topics does the course cover?

You will be taught core essential skills relevant in the Fashion Industry such as:

Workplace Health and Safety

Measuring the standard figure

Principles of pattern cutting and marking

Fabric estimating and lay planning

Basic Block adaptation

Sewing on industrial machinery

Garment construction


Pattern Construction (Industrial)

You will learn how to make patterns, manipulate patterns according to measurements, lay up and cut out and work safely within the fashion studio using various equipment. 


Garment Construction (Industrial)

You will learn basic technical knowledge and practical skills in garment construction and using industrial sewing machinery. Classes will include how to use interfacing, insert a zip and use an industrial presser safely.


After you complete the course, you can progress onto our Level 2 course or you can apply for an apprenticeship. You will also have the option of looking for employment within this field.