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Fashion & Textiles short courses

Come along for a crash course in a specialised area in fashion and textiles. Whether you’re a complete novice looking to learn something new or an expert who wants a chance to practice what you love, you’re sure to feel welcome in a short course at WAES.

Bookings can be made by clicking the 'Enrol on this course' button next to the detailed information for each course. Or contact us on 020 7297 7297 or e-mail You can also drop in to one of our three centres for a chat about these or any of our other courses.

Fashion Taster

This taster session will introduce you to the principles of adjusting an item of clothing to make it fit your body better.
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Introduction to Pattern Cutting

This course will introduction you to the core skills of pattern cutting, enabling you to use basic blocks to create simple patterns. You will learn how to drape on the stand and how to extract a pattern from your design and reproduce it in toile fabric.
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Textile Design with Photoshop

On this short course you will learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to create printed textile designs and repeat prints from hand painted, drawn or digital elements.
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Upcycling Your Clothes

Using pre-loved items of clothing, you will learn how to apply design principles and sewing construction techniques to make a unique piece of upcycled, sustainable clothing. You will obtain the skills needed to create numerous design ideas and based using deconstruction and reconstruction techniques. You will leave the course with a completed garment and technical file of samples.

Students will consider ethical and sustainable techniques and how individuals can play their part in stopping unwanted clothes going to landfill.

You will need to bring at least two of your own garments to use during this course.

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