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 cover all aspects of making a small lined curtain. You will also become confident in choosing fabrics, measuring and how to estimate fabric material required for each project undertaken.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Use hand and machine sewing techniques as required.

  • Calculate, measure accurately and cut fabric for your projects.

  • Use colour and design awareness to select and work with appropriate fabrics.


There will be materials you need to help with your studies of approx. £25 .00 . Your tutor will talk to you about this in your first class.


You will complete an individual learning plan and provide self-assessment throughout the course. Photos and displays of your completed work will also be used.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements.

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Where and when
10 Weeks
Study mode:?
Part time
What do I need to pay?
£ 85
International students: ?
£ 115
Materials fees: ?

Fee reductions for adult short courses