Understanding Dress Patterns and Dressmaking Techniques

Ref: C2345610

If you’ve ever tried to use a commercial dress pattern but are baffled by the instructions? This course will teach how to start dressmaking using a commercial pattern, what the technical terms and diagrams mean. What simple techniques there are, where problems might arise and how to deal with them. The course will have lots of demonstrations and explanations, you will be expected to “sew along” with me. Students will need to have their own sewing machine and sewing kit with materials and notions. We will be making a simple skirt. Suggested patterns Grainline Studio Reed Skirt (size 14-30) New Look Sewing pattern 6843 (size 8-18)

Course aim

This course will teach how to start dressmaking using a commercial pattern. What the instructions mean, simple techniques there are, where problems might arise and how to deal with them.

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:

  • Show how to use a standard sewing machine.
  • Explain the basic sewing terms found in sewing instructions.
  • Complete accurately a range of seams and construction techniques.
  • Demonstrate hand sewing and finishing techniques.
  • Create simple bags or zip purses or even garments.

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, sewing pattern, a sewing kit with fabrics and notions. We will be making a simple skirt. See Course description for suitable skirt patterns.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Understanding Dress Patterns and Dressmaking Techniques

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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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