Sewing - Basic Skills

Ref: C2346145

This course will teach beginners the basics of sewing and garment making. Learners with some experience or returning learners will develop their existing skills. You will produce samples of dressmaking techniques as well as create a simple garment of your choice. New learners will learn how to: Take body measurements, make basic patterns, use the sewing machine, make basic seams, add trimming (lace, ribbons, piping) and insert zips. New and existing learners will create 3 different types of trousers.

Additional information about this course

To do this course you will need to become a member of the Shama Women's Centre at £10 for the year.

Course aim

The aim of the course is for learners to develop their understanding and skills in the area of sewing and garment making.

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:

  • Begin to understand which tools and types of equipment are needed to produce garments.
  • Show a basic level of skill in choosing materials and using dressmaking processes and techniques.
  • Independently produce a folder of samples.
  • Understand the health and safety requirements in a sewing workshop environment.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Basic equipment like sewing machine will be provided however you will need to bring additional materials and tools with you - Lever arch file, fabric for samples and garments, sewing kit- zips, buttons, elastic, threads, needles, pins, shears, pencil, rubber, ruler, measuring tape & drafting paper.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Sewing - Basic Skills


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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