Natalie Atkins - Sewing


"I started clothes making classes at Merton Adult Education about 5 years ago which came about as a consequence of my adult daughter making a passing comment one evening that I was always working hard and really needed to make time for myself to pursue a hobby in order to help me relax and be creative. I had always enjoyed clothes making at school and continued with this hobby as a young adult, but as I grew older found it more difficult to find the time to be creative and make time to sew.

Attending the classes has allowed me to learn new techniques in my sewing and also develop more confidence in my sewing techniques. I have successfully made at least five dresses and three formal jackets with my very experienced teacher who has a wealth of knowledge and patience. I have learnt to use an overlocking machine and gained the confidence to make and apply lining material to my dresses and jackets, together with learning some couture techniques.

I have looked forward to socialising with other women on a regular basis who also love to sew."


This course will teach you the sewing skills you need to make your own clothes to a high standard.

By the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • Thread and use a sewing machine and overlocker to sew seams

  • Identify types of paper patterns and suitable fabric

  • Read a paper pattern and lay, pin and cut out fabric

  • Complete sample seams and hand sewn finishes

  • Understand how to make a simple garment. Depending on your ability you may be able to complete a garment of your own during the course.


You'll need to bring your own sewing box, patterns, fabrics, interlinings and linings. Your tutor will give you a list of exactly what you need to get in your first class. If you have no existing equipment, there may be a charge to cover this cost. There are sewing machines, overlockers, irons and metal rulers you can use at the College.


Your tutor will give you feedback and advice. You'll also complete self assessment and homework.

Next Steps

This course will provide you with plenty of skills that would be useful on a fashion, clothesmaking or sewing course. You can further your knowledge by taking another course at the College.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

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