design and create a capsule wardrobe.


WELCOME to our Diploma Dressmakers Sewing course


Brand new diploma Course

Starting May 2021

welcome to our sewing studio.

We are now offering a new in-depth fully accredited course led by Jules on design, pattern cutting, production techniques, tailoring and textile manipulation. All the skills you need to design and create your own capsule wardrobe.

The year long course is a nationally recognised qualification, accredited by Open College Network West Midlands, and probably not for everyone as it will require commitment and working outside of your comfort zone! Sounds a bit like a ‘new year, get fit’ campaign, doesn’t it? Well, this really will be a workout for your sewing! If you feel up to this, carry on scrolling.

So why take a diploma course?

Apart from taking your sewing know-how several notches higher, and learning the ‘proper’ ways of achieving the results you want, here are some of the other benefits to joining the Course.

Tutors are industry professionals

All the tutors on the course are industry professional and as such are keen to pass on their many years of experience.  You will learn from experts and be able to trust their best practice.

Limited spaces

Smaller group sizes means more 1:1 time with the tutor to help you progress and improve your knowledge and skills

Full support from Jules and all other tutors

We will never leave you floundering or uncertain of what to do. Receive full support from Jules and all the other tutors in the studio and online so you will feel confident of success.

Remote learning is an option

If you would love to join the course but can’t travel you are able to join us live during the studio sessions and join in online for full support throughout the course.

Meet People Like You

You will be joining a community of like-minded and supportive dressmakers who will cheer you on through your studies.

Downloadable Printouts

There will be plenty of handouts and examples to help you understand the different areas of the course, so even if you haven’t studied for a while this is going to be a LOT OF FUN!

Free access to The Sewing Studio for 12 months

You will be able to watch all the helpful tutorials and videos to support your studies on the Course

You will be Achieving a Nationally Recognised Qualification

This a marvellous opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification which could help you to change career. Having your achievements recognised in this way is an amazing boost to your confidence, even if you’re not seeking a new job.

Discount in the Store

As a Diploma Course Student you will be able to enjoy discounts in the store to help you supplement your fabric stash and habby hoard

How is our course structured:

The course is made up of 13 Units spread over 9 projects. Each unit needs to be passed to achieve the full diploma.

The projects will cover:

  • Design and colour theory
  • Production sewing techniques and finishes
  • Pattern cutting basic blocks
  • Draping on the stand
  • Creative pattern cutting
  • Textile manipulation
  • Tailoring techniques
  • Garment Fitting Techniques
  • Building a portfolio of your work

What commitment is required:

Learners will need to be available for tuition 2 days a month, either remotely or in the studio, as well as regular online tutorials for additional support. You will also be expected to spend approximately 8 hrs per week working at home.

Skills and Experience required to join the course:

Learners will need to have the following skills and experience to make the most of their time on the course:

  • A good understanding of sewing and garment construction including:
    1. What a grainline is and how to use it
    2. What notches and balance marks are and how to use them
    3. What a layplan is and how to use it.
    4. Be able to thread up and use both a sewing machine and overlocker competently
  • A basic understanding of pattern alterations/ pattern drafting

Costs and payment options:

The total cost for the course is £3780. This is broken down into a deposit payment of £600 and then 12 monthly instalments of £265.

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But if you have any questions, check the FAQ’s below, you may find your answer there.

Application Form for the Design and Create a Capsule Wardrobe Diploma

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See our FAQs below

Do have a look at the FAQ’s below but if we haven’t answered your question please email us at and we’ll be happy to answer any queries you may have.

How long is the course?

The course will last for one calendar year.

How many studio/classroom hours are there?

We will be working on a basis of 2 days tuition per month in the Studio, usually taken together as a Friday and Saturday, (but this may be subject to change). If you are participating in the course remotely you will be able to join in with the studio sessions live via Zoom. We will record these sessions so you will be able to access them afterwards as well. Everyone will also have access to support online.

We will send you all the studio days once you have made your application and been accepted.

How will I submit work?

You will either be able to bring your work to the studio as part of the taught studio sessions, or arrangements will be made for you to send your work to us in the studio for feedback and assessment.

Is there an online or remote option?

Yes here is an opportunity to join us remotely. You will be able to join the live studio sessions online and will receive all your support from your tutors via Zoom. All the work you produce for the course will need to be submitted for feedback and assessment so will need to be sent to us in the Studio, but we make arrangements for you to do that as part of the course.

Further information about what sort of equipment you will need to join us online will be sent to you once you make an application for the course.

What equipment will I need?

You will need your own sewing machine and overlocker as well as a basic sewing kit.  You will also need basic pattern cutting equipment such as pencils, rubber, long ruler and a set square or Pattern Master.

You will also need to provide all the fabrics to make your capsule wardrobe, but you will be entitled to 20% from our online shop as a student on the diploma course. Or you may have fabrics that you’ve been waiting to use in your stash already.

A full list of equipment and any books that will useful to you while on the course will be sent to you once you have made an application for the course.

Can I join the course if I don't live in the UK?

Sadly we are unable to offer the course to overseas students at the moment. But if that changes we will certainly let you all know.

I am a bit concerned about the academic content as I have been out of education for a while?

Please don’t worry about having to write essays or anything like that!

Most of what we will be doing on the course is practical in terms of designing and making up the garments in your capsule wardrobe. You will also need to keep a Sewing Journal to help you with recording and reflecting upon your progress on the course and you will be provided with lots of support for any of the written parts of the course.

I'm not very good at drawing is this still for me?

Yes absolutely! Don’t worry as we will be providing you with design croquis and templates to help you with your garment ideas. Most design work will be using ‘design flats’ which show the constructional design detail rather than anything too ‘arty’. But if you feel confident with your artistic skills we will not hold you back!

Can the diploma be split into smaller courses?

Unfortunately the diploma cannot be split into smaller courses. The nature of the diploma and why we have chosen this particular structure is to make it different to normal sewing courses.

Having the diploma structured this way with specific projects and units means that each project builds upon learning achieved in the previous one so they all support each other and build up a comprehensive bank of knowledge and skills when put altogether.