Certificate - Stitching Academy (500/5197/0)

Stitching Academy Level 2 is a twelve week course which follows on from Level 1. From garment construction to handcraft tailoring techniques, this course will further develop your skills and knowledge.

By the end of the course you will have constructed a more tailored garment.

What you will study:

You will study 5 units, 25 credits in total which, upon successful completion, will gain you the ABC Level 2 Certificate in Fashion and Textiles.

Industrial garment construction, 5 credits

You will be introduced and taught how to identify and use specialist machinery and methods of construction and pressing, typically used in the fashion manufacturing industry. Based on this knowledge you will design and construct a jersey top, followed by a skirt with a pleat in a woven fabric.

Introduction to tailoring, 5 credits

You will gain an insight into the variety of styles for men’s and women’s tailoring, by using a range of machines and methods to produce samples in selected fabrics. You will be expected to research independently into the different construction methods used in the tailoring industry. You will design variations based on a tailored jacket and apply technical drawing techniques to communicate your designs.

Garment construction (Craft), 5 credits

You will use commercial patterns or blocks to produce a blouse or a shirt with sleeves, a collar, button and buttonhole fastenings and cuffs. You will explore current high street fashion trends and produce a sketchbook of fashion designs and ideas.

Relating fabrics to style and planning lays, 5 credits

You will research fibres and fabrics, apply fabric criteria to specific designs and produce lay plans.

Soft Furnishings, 5 credits

You will gain an insight into co-ordinated soft furnishings. A mood board for a bedroom will be produced showing current trends, a colour scheme and a variety of soft furnishings. You will be shown how to select techniques appropriate to fabrics and threads and this will link to the other units.

How you will be taught

From the beginning, your learning be practical with some written components. As you progress you will have the opportunity to produce a more tailored garment. Your progress will be reviewed at regular intervals to ensure you are getting the most from your course.

What can I do once I have completed the course?

Upon successfully completing the course, you can seek employment with your new found skills or apply for an apprenticeship.


“My tutors have been amazing and the support I have received here has been really helpful. I feel confident to move on and use the skills I have learnt here.”

Tehia McDermot

From Stitching Academy Level 1 to June Sarpong’s apprentice, Tehia has excelled since enrolling with the FTA.

“I am so overjoyed that I have been selected for this unique apprenticeship at this stage of my life. I have been dedicated in finding the best route to a career in Fashion. The timing feels like destiny. This opportunity will prepare me for a future that I have envisioned for myself. This is an amazing experience that I will make the most of. I look forward to learning, working hard and embracing the adventure that this opportunity will bring. Thank you!”

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Duration: 12 weeks
Tuition: Mon - Fri,    9am - 1pm or 1pm - 5pm

* Fee remission is available to those unemployed, looking for work and receiving valid benefits, and not on the work programme.