City & Guilds skirt designed and made by Hannah

Jane White Couture Tuition City & Guilds Equivalent

Covid update: due to the current restrictions we are unable to run courses at the studio.  We hope to resume in in 2021. If you would like to register your interest please contact us.

The Jane White Couture Tuition Programme offers dressmaking, pattern cutting and design tuition courses designed and taught personally by Jane White (City & Guilds Fashion Adv. & Cert. Ed).

The programme follows similar tuition content and learning formats to the City & Guilds 7160 syllabus.

The flexible and affordable modular courses offer sewers of all levels of experience and ability the opportunity to learn a wide range of garment and pattern cutting skills at their own pace.

High-quality practical skills

Jane White Couture Tuition believes in establishing high-quality practical skills and in order to maintain this hands-on learning approach, the maximum number of students per module group will be restricted to just 7 people.

Hands-on guided learning

Each course module delivers 50 hours of guided learning and is suitable for both professional sewers and sewing for pleasure.

“After nearly twenty years of teaching City & Guilds Fashion and Pattern Cutting, and having a degree equivalent City & Guilds qualification myself, I am disappointed by the decision of Ofqual to discontinue these highly regarded qualifications. I am, however, excited to offer my own programme of structured study with the City & Guilds ethos and emphasis on teaching practical skills”. Jane

City & Guilds Fashion and Pattern Cutting Level 1 Award neckline detail

Level 1 Award: Dressmaking

For complete beginners, students who haven’t sewn for some time, or sewers needing additional skills. The emphasis of the Award scheme is on building a portfolio of high-quality practical skills and understanding of the construction process.

Choose from:

  • Shirt or top
  • Unlined Skirt
  • Casual trousers
Button and piping detail on tweed and grosgrain skirt by Elizabeth

Level 2 Certificate: Dressmaking & Design

For intermediate level sewers who have completed level 1, or who can demonstrate dressmaking skill. Explore the principles of design and colour theory to design and make a garment with higher level construction techniques and materials.

Choose from:

  • Lined skirt
  • Day dress
  • Tailored trousers
  • Blouse or shirt
  • Unlined jacket
Pattern drafting equipment - Jane White Couture Tuition

Level 3 Diploma: Dressmaking, Design & Pattern Cutting

For advanced sewers who have completed Levels 1 & 2, or those with existing high-level skills. This module is also ideal for students wanting to explore pattern making and couture standard dressmaking techniques.

Choose from:

  • Special occasionwear
  • Traditional tailoring
  • Lingerie

Guided Learning Hours

The Award, Certificate and Diploma modules are taught over 50 hours.

Course Structure

You can attend module blocks of either one weekend per month for four months, every other Monday for four months or one Wednesday a month for eight months.

Upon completion of a module block, you can move onto another module either at the same level or progress, when you are ready, to a higher level.

How to book

Please call or contact us to discuss the course, your requirements and to book your pre-course interview.

It wasn’t just about making a skirt, it was about the journey to get to the skirt.


I have learned so much, the interlining/underlining/underlining session was a revelation!


Jane White Couture Tuition Programme

Cost per Award, Certificate and Diploma module

£ to be confirmed

The course fee does not include materials.

1:1 tuition – price on application.

Pre-course interview and assessment of skills
You will be invited to attend a pre-course interview (in person or by telephone) to assess your current skills. Jane will, in discussion with you, guide you to the most appropriate level for your existing skill base.

During the course, you and Jane will continually assess your work by giving feedback. Our Internal Quality Assessor will ensure the quality of the course is maintained and students are progressing.

Course dates and times to be confirmed

Terms & Conditions:

  • Course fees are payable on booking and are non-refundable.
  • If paying in instalments, course fees are still payable in full if the student withdraws from the course early.
  • The course fee is for 50 hours tuition. Choose to study either one weekend a month for four months or every other Monday for four months or one Wednesday a month for eight months.
  • Tuition on other JWCT Programme course dates is at Jane’s discretion and not available beyond the final date for the block of tuition enrolled for.
  • Tuition outside the JWCT Programme Course dates will be charged as extra.
  • Students are responsible for providing all fabrics and course materials.
  • Course documentation provided is the intellectual property of Jane White Couture Tuition and is not to be duplicated or shared with other parties.
  • All work must be produced for tutor assessment to gain our ‘in-house’ certification.
  • This course is not accredited by an external qualification provider.
  • Electrical equipment brought to the venue must have a current PAT certificate. Use is at the tutor’s discretion.
  • Jane White Couture Tuition reserves the right to change course dates and prices.