Essential Manufacture Skills (GUILDFORD)

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Essential Manufacture Skills (GUILDFORD)


Venue:     St. Catherine's School 
                 Station Rd, Bramley, Guildford GU5 0DF

Date:        Saturday 16th March 2024

Time:        9.30 - 15.30

An Essential Sewing & Making Skills Course 

for those wanting to learn basic skills

This is a totally practical day learning and practicing a variety of sewing and making skills and threading and trouble shooting machine faults. This course is aimed at anyone wanting to learning basic sewing skills. 

Great for D&T and Fashion & Textiles teachers who are either new to teaching, or those who want to learn and add to their existing skills.

  • Learn and practice new essential manufacturing skills that will enhance your teaching.
  • Develop learning from KS3, creating independent, confident and enthusiastic learners at KS4/5, giving them the technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Gain knowledge and skills that will enable you to teach students to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
  • Acquiring new skills and knowledge to give you confidence in your teaching.


We have a limited number of part-funded places for this course. Please contact for more information.

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What to expect on the day:

  • Learn and practice a range of sewing tasks, such as different seams, hems, and finishes.
  • Start to develop a sample book of stitch and finishing samples to use as a resource in the classroom.
  • How to thread a domestic sewing machine and overlocker and trouble shoot common problems.
  • Experiment and understand how to sew using different types of fabrics and their properties and suitable stitches/finishes.
  • Learn and practice simple making skills including sewing in a zip, bagging out, binding and finishing techniques.
  • Techniques and processes across all areas of study incl. simple patterns, making and finishing.
  • Make a simple product from start to finish, that can be transferred into the classroom.

Links to KS3-4 D&T Specifications:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
  • Select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely.
  • Select from and use a wider, more complex range of materials, components and ingredients, taking into account their properties.

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What you take back to school:

  • A fabulous sketchbook jammed packed with samples to use as a classroom resource.
  • Develop best practices in teaching and learning and be able to use these to create a dynamic course that is fast paced and engaging.
  • An awareness of available resources to support/expand your existing practice.
  • Make secure decisions and save time with gained knowledge and experience.
  • Plan the future with confidence.
  • Continued professional development.

What is special about the Essential Manufacturing Skills Course?

The Essential Manufacturing Skills face-to-face course is an experience that delivers textiles and fashion skills, knowledge and understanding. It is a great learning environment which allows you to gain new skills and techniques, showing how these can be incorporated in lesson plans and delivered in a fun, inspiring and engaging way. You can ask questions direct to the course developer/leader, practice skills, create classroom resources and network with other teachers.

Course Developer and Leaders: JULIA BURROWS & DAWN FOXALL

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Julia Burrows who studied fashion design and garment construction at the Faculty of Clothing Design in Durban South Africa. She started her career a designing pattern cutter of men’s and ladies’ leisurewear. Julia moved on to become Senior Designer which also involved running several sample and pattern cutting rooms. She designed men’s and ladies surf and swimwear ranges, a menswear brand range “Rifle” and set up her own ladies’ wear shop and production unit, before moving to the UK.

 In Britain, Julia worked for a Marks and Spencer supplier as Senior Designer of woman's lingerie and nightwear and also oversaw a children's nightwear range. Later she moved to London to become Head Designer for a men’s, ladies’ and children’s leisurewear range.

Julia now works as a freelancer, she has worked with small start-ups advising on the industry, design feasibility, fabric and pattern cuts.  In 2016 she moved into teaching post 16 adult education as senor tutor,  teaching Pattern Cutting and Design at The Fashion Technology Academy in London. She continues to work freelance and is developing courses and leading workshops with Textiles Skills Centre.

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Dawn Foxall has 35 years’ experience in the textiles and garment industry including design consultant, schools presenter and resources developer for EMTEX; Fashion lecturer and programme developer at various UK Universities and FE colleges; course presenter for D&T Association, Key Stage Developments(KSD), SFE and other course providers.

She was a co-founder of, where she managed design, buying and sourcing and continues to work with brands such as LUSH Soaps & WIDEBOYZ, sourcing ethical products and consulting for young designers and start-ups.

In 2015 Dawn set up the Textiles Skills Centre (formerly ‘Academy’) supporting textile teachers, delivering workshops and events. In 2017 she launched her own knitwear brand FOXOLOGY designing and producing sustainably sourced collections. She continues to teach pattern cutting at various education and commercial establishments, as well as for Textiles Skills Centre and also drafts patterns and consults for industry.

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We have a limited number of funded and part-funded places for this course. Please contact  for more information.

All of the Textile Skills Centre events are ticket only and payable IN ADVANCE. The Textiles Skills Centre uses Cademy to automate the bookings via credit card and cheque/BACS. When you book you will receive by email a booking confirmation and ticket. If you book by selecting 'Pay By Cheque/Invoice' you will receive an automated invoice to pay against. If you need further assistance with payment then please contact us by email or phone.

PLEASE NOTE your booking confirmation and ticket will be emailed to both the delegate and person purchasing. If you do not receive your ticket it is most commonly caused by typing your email address incorrectly, or it is in your SPAM folder. Please check your booking carefully. 

It is VERY important that your school finance manager supplies your full name and PERSONAL SCHOOL EMAIL, so that we are able to send you joining instructions and further details. If we only receive the ‘school office’ email address, we have found in the past that this delays information getting to you, or information is not passed on. 

If you have any queries, please email us at:, and include your phone number and/or email so that we can contact you easily.


  • Delivered In-Person

  • All levels


St. Catherine's School, Station Rd, Bramley, GU5 0DF, United Kingdom, Guildford

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