Ooh it’s my favourite time of year! No, not new pattern announcement time, but new Morley College course details!
They do the usual basic courses on using a sewing machine, drafting basic blocks, basic draping on the stand, etc, that loads of colleges offer, but they also offer some really interesting niche classes that don’t seem to be offered anywhere else.
Looking at the full lists above, there’s everything from historical wear to hats to shoes to lingerie to dancewear! Most courses only cost around £60, too, which is really reasonably priced, especially when you consider that most of the fashion courses in London start at £300! The facilities at Morley are great, too, with big tables, plenty of light, and ample Bernina machines and dummies, and there’s some seriously good pubs for lunch nearby…
Ones that pique my interest:
- Couture Techniques for Lingerie, Bridal and Evening Wear (12-13 October)
- Lingerie: Bra Making 1 (5-6 October)
- Lingerie: Bra Making 2 (8-9 February)
- Lingerie: Bra Making 3 (26-27 April)
- Lingerie: Specialist Techniques 1 (9 Sept – 2 Dec, Monday daytimes, boo!)
- Lingerie: Specialist Techniques 2 (6 Jan – 24 Mar, Monday daytimes, boo!)
- Lingerie: Specialist Techniques 3 (28 Apr – 3 June, Monday daytimes, boo!)
- Modern Bridal and Couture Evening Wear (Courses in Sept, Jan & April, but all Tuesday daytimes, boo!)
- Pattern Cutting for Structured Bras: An Introduction (8-9 June, Mon/Tues daytime, boo!)
- Pattern Magic: 1 (16-23 Nov)
- Pattern Magic: 2 (8-15 March)
- Pattern Magic: Stretch Fabrics (14-21 June)
- Sew Stretch Fabrics: Activity Wear (11 Sept – 4 Dec)
- Sew Stretch Fabrics: Bras and Underwear (23 Apr – 2 July)
- Stretch Lingerie: An Introduction (10-12 July Wed/Thur/Fri daytimes, boo!)
- The Perfect Trouser (3-11 May)
- Vintage Fashion: Using Embellishment and Decorative Techniques (10 Sept – 3 Dec, Tuesday daytimes, boo!)
- Printed Textiles (starts in Sept, Jan, or April, all Thursday daytimes, boo!)
- Silk Screen Saturdays (9 Nov – 7 Dec)
Oh yeah, and Morley also do courses in massage (which I can vouch for!), dance, languages, and music, too, and they’re geared toward “continuing education” so the class times tend to be very office-friendly. Morley College is in London, in easy walking distance from Waterloo Station.
No, Morley haven’t paid me or anything. I’ve just really enjoyed the courses I’ve attended there and wanted to spread the word!
Has anyone else been to any that they can recommend? Anyone signed up for any courses already?
And one, unrelated recent purchase that other sewists might be interested in – I totally love my “Il Centimetro” leather ruler bracelet!
It actually arrived from Italy the day after I ordered, too! Nishi doesn’t seem too bothered about it though… I think she’s more into the hand it’s attached to.