Dress Making (Commercial Patterns 1)

Ref: C2345494

The course is for those who are new to dressmaking and struggle to follow pattern instructions and symbols but want to learn how to take measurements correctly and use basic techniques. It is also suitable for those who already have some experience in cutting patterns and sewing but are willing to learn some new techniques. The course will cover a range of cutting and sewing techniques such as cutting the fabric on the straight grain, choosing appropriate fabric for the designs, correct body measuring points, and the safe use of a sewing machine

Course aim

This course is for those with some basic sewing experience, and who can work on a range of chosen projects but require support in completing these

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Use sewing tools and machines safely
  • Demonstrate basic techniques in sewing with patterns and understand the common pattern symbols
  • Discuss knowledge of various seams and hems
  • Produce a garment with at least two different features such as a zip, a pocket, or a collar
  • Design and embellish the item/garment with learned techniques

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Basic sewing tools and sewing machines are provided but it is recommended to have your own sewing kit.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Dress Making (Commercial Patterns 1)

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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