Clothesmaking for Beginners

This Course is a 6-week block of 3 hour lessons for beginners new to clothes making. You will be shown how to thread up and use the sewing machine and work on the group projects in each course.
There are 2 different 6 week courses available each term -

Part 1 - Making a cushion cover and an A line skirt
Autumn Term Part 1 commences 12.09.22
Spring Term Part 1 commences 09.01.23
Summer Term Part 1 commences 17.04.23

Part 2 - Making a tote bag and a simple top
Autumn Term Part 2 commences 31.10.22
Spring Term Part 2 commences 20.02.23
Summer Term Part 2 commences 05.06.23

You do not need to take these courses in order and can join either as the starting point. Completing both will help progress your clothes making knowledge and skills before moving on to an intermediate course.

Course Content

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

If you are an intermediate/ advanced level clothes maker, you should enroll on one of our Intermediate - Advanced courses to get the best learning experience.

First Class Requirements

Please bring any sewing equipment you may have to the first lesson ie - fabric shears, small scissors, tape measure, pins plus a notebook & pencil. You will be contacted before the first class to let you know what fabric to bring

Assessment Methods

Q&A, observations, PLPs, practical sessions using specialist classroom facilities to build a body of coursework and different outcomes that incorporate new techniques and processes.

Additional Information

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email

If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees & finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email or drop in to our main reception area.