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Independent Design College (IDC)

For 30 years, since Oct 1st 1991, IDC (Independent Design College) has offered state of the art sewing, dressmaking and tailoring courses and training, fully accredited by City & Guilds. 

We also offer a wide range of one-day sewing and dressmaking classes, workshops and short courses - you don't need to commit to a qualification or regular sessions!

Whatever your experience, we have the course for you. And we can tailor each qualification to match your needs and interests exactly.

Our students are trained to the highest standard and our top students have the opportunity to compete against Savile Row Tailors in the prestigious Golden Shears Competition.

Our tutors are all qualified, professional practitioners.  So, between us we cover every skillset, guaranteeing you expert tuition in every aspect of tailoring, dressmaking, sewing, textiles and embroidery. Whatever your skill level, we can realise your potential!


A City & Guilds qualification?
Or just some sociable, sewing fun?

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Try out our monthly 'Sew Happy' Project Packs'!

Our City & Guilds courses

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Sewing Machine

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Fashion Wear

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Craft Skills for
Creative Industries

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Pattern Cutting

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Theatre Costume

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IDC offers the whole range of sewing skills, from beginner to advanced:

  • Haberdashery shop

  • JANOME specialist supplier

  • Young Designer Sewing Club

IDC was founded by Brenda Killigrew, whose previous websites can be found here:

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