Dressmaking and Sustainable Sewing

Ref: C2347137

Being able to sew is such a useful skill. During this course you will learn more dressmaking skills and also techniques to recycle. upcycle, customise, mend and alter your clothes. You will need to be able to sew to a basic level and have sewing kit. We will alternate between dressmaking using commercial or own made patterns and sewing sustainably by using existing garments or a combination of the two! You will need a dressmaking project or a range of items to alter, upcycle etc and all other notions. Large equipment is provided at the venue

Course aim

During this course you will learn more dressmaking skills and also techniques to recycle. upcycle, customise, mend and alter your clothes. You will need to be able to sew to a basic level and have sewing kit

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:

  • Discuss ideas behind sustainability and dressmaking
  • Demonstrate how to make garments using commercial dress patterns from fabric or other garments.
  • Appraise garments and repair or mend various examples of wear and tear.
  • Solve sizing issues by altering clothing to fit or making from scratch from commercial patterns.
  • Experiment imaginatively restyling and customising garments to give them a new lease of life.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Essential Sewing kit; Fabric scissors, tape measure, pins, needles, un-picker, chalk, thread Extra sewing kit items; Paper scissors, rotary cutter, ruler, snipping scissors, aqua or frixon fabric marking pens, bulky seam aid, French curve. Sewing machines, iron and ironing board at the venue.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Dressmaking and Sustainable Sewing

Enrolment 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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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