Dressmaking - Sewing with Stretch Fabric

Ref: C2345609

Once you’ve made a few garments using woven fabric, it’s time to try using stretch fabrics, like jersey, rib and interlock. This course follows on from previous Dressmaking courses and show you how to finesse your skills with new techniques, machines and tools to deal with stretch. We will look at different stretch stitches, how to use an overlocker, how to adapt patterns to use stretch fabric and how to overcome some of the most annoying pitfalls and problems. The course will have lots of demonstrations and you will be expected to “sew along” with me. Students will need to have their own sewing machine ( an overlocker if possible) stretch sewing pattern, a sewing kit with fabrics and notions.We will be making a pair of stretch trousers. Suggested patterns; New Look Sewing pattern 6142 (size XS – XL) New Look Sewing pattern 6216 (size 8 – 18) Simplicity Sewing pattern 1446 (size 18W – 24W) & (26W – 32W) Cashmerette Calder Pants and Shorts (Intermediate) (size 12 – 32)

Course aim

This course will look at how to finesse your skills with new techniques, machines and tools to deal with stretch. We will look at different stretch stitches, how to use an overlocker, how to adapt patterns to use stretch fabric.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • You will need to have made a few garments and be familiar with commercial dressmaking patterns. An overlocker is useful but not essential to make the garment.

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

  • Show how to use new tools, machinery and equipment
  • Explain how to adapt a pattern to use stretch fabric
  • Complete samples of the main stretch dressmaking techniques
  • Demonstrate how to sew different types of stretch fabrics
  • Create a professional looking stretch garment

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Students will need to have their own sewing machine ( an overlocker if possible ) stretch sewing pattern, a sewing kit with fabrics and notions.We will be making a pair of stretch trousers. See Course description for suitable trouser patterns.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Dressmaking - Sewing with Stretch Fabric

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Conditions

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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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