Fashion Clothes Making – Loose and Relaxed Trousers – Summer School

Want to learn how to make your own clothes? Wish you could put together your own unique summer wardrobe? Can you use a sewing machine? Then these are the perfect courses for you. These short courses especially designed for our Summer School offers you the opportunity to learn how to make garments. Simple to wear and easy to style, they are a beautiful wardrobe basic that will be the first of many as you learn a new set skills that you can use time after time. They are cool and loose in the heat, and yet chic and original, and can be worn at home or day into evening. Easy fitting trousers are easy to sew despite the myth about trousers being difficult to make.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

Course 2 - Comfortable Trousers
Timeless, classic easy fitting trousers are updated in new styles to make women look modern and elegant. Interested in making your own clothes? The wide leg trousers flatter all body types creating a relaxed yet sophisticated silhouette. Ideal for the office, casual, beach and evening easy fitting trousers are easy to sew despite the myth about trousers being difficult to make. This comfortable and trendy garment can be cut full length, cropped or as shorts and are one of the most versatile wardrobe staples to have. Worn by both women and men these trousers will be your holiday best friend.

Even if you are absolutely new to sewing you will be able to make these trousers. Students who have some previous sewing machine and garment making skills will progress faster and learn new ways to embellish their garment. Please press the 'read more' button below for a full list of what you need to bring.

What does this course cover

Students will learn how to use a commercial pattern (provided by the tutor) to construct a garment.
The students will learn basic sewing machine skills and techniques to enable their garment construction.

By the end of the course students would be able to:
1. Understand what the symbols on patterns mean.
2. Successfully and economically lay a pattern onto fabric.
3. Learn how to transfer marks onto fabric.
4. Successfully cut out and begin to construct a garment using a range of sewing techniques.
5. Understand and use garment making terminology.

What will it be like

Learning will be facilitated by individual guidance and support from the tutor as well as peer centred learning. Skills and knowledge will be learned initially through visual demonstrations and verbal descriptions then students will work independently with one to one tutor advice and assistance as needed. This will be supported by hand-outs. Students will be encouraged to comment about each other's work (peer centred learning).
Your progress is monitored by tutor feedback and initial, on-course and end of course self-assessment. Individual advice is always available and verbal feedback, support and encouragement is given to you throughout the course.
- Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
- Practical work produced is evidence of learning.
- At the end of the course we will review and assess the work.

What else do you need to buy or do

Think carefully about fabrics, polyester + heat is going to leave you feeling very sweaty. Trouser styles always look chic and are useful for going from beach to bar, from sightseeing to dinner so you want something comfortable, cool and washable. Fine Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Rayon / Viscose Rayon/ Crepe, Denim / Very Lightweight Corduroy / Fine Twill / Jacquard / Brocade, and Linen are ideal.
NB. Please avoid sheers and slippery fabrics.

For full length trousers: 2.60m
For cropped 2.25m
NB: (90cm wide fabrics are unsuitable) Fabric must be 120cm or 150cm wide.
Elastic 1cm/3/8' wide - 1.5m
Lightweight interfacing to suit fabric 50cm
Thread to match fabric
Your sewing kit to include:
- Notebook and or A4 Folder
- Sewing needles.
- Sewing thread.
- Fabric scissors
- Tailors Chalk
- Paper scissors.
- Un-picker or small embroidery scissors
- Plenty of pins.
- Tape measure.
Homework- students can continue to work on their project at home if they want to but it is not essential.

What this course could lead to

Other fashion and textiles courses are available at the Mary Ward Centre, you tutor will advise as to your next steps.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff, and a half-hour guidance interview can be arranged for you.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;

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I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’