Introduction to

Bring your ideas to life as you learn to make your own unique garments.


Why take this course?

This course is perfect for a novice who is looking to become a more experienced dressmaker. The course will teach you how to take measurements and draft basic, stylised pattern blocks. You will also make up a toile (mock up) of your chosen garment(s) and complete the piece in your chosen fabrics.

The course is also extremely useful in that it will help you learn to use sewing machines, using various sewing samples and techniques. 

What you will experience

You will learn how to:

  • Take measurements accurately
  • Draft basic and stylised pattern blocks
  • Use sewing machines
  • Construct a toile (mock up garment)
  • Complete a finished garment(s)
female working in art room

Key facts

Mode of study

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but it would be beneficial for students to have some experience of using a sewing machine.

The Introduction to Sewing & Textiles course may be more suitable if you are a complete beginner.

What you will need

Students will be expected to bring in their own fabrics, material and possibly patterns, but this will be discussed with the tutor at the first meeting of the course.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Please note, this course is not eligible for fee waiver.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following courses at North East Scotland College: 



Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

Aberdeen City Campus

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
13 January 2020 12 Weeks Monday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm £209.00
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Fraserburgh Campus

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
4 February 2020 12 Weeks Tuesday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm £209.00
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Online bookings

If you would like to book your place online, please complete the relevant form by selecting the ‘Book Online’ button. This will then be passed to our Admissions team who will process your application.

Paper bookings

If you would prefer to submit a paper booking form, please return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.