Dressmaking Skills

Ref: C3528366

Sew for craft or dressmaking with supported guidance. Beginners will be supported and taken through easy steps to enable strong skills in measuring cutting and sewing a practice piece. Those more confident will be able to build on their existing skills in either craft or dressmaking to create a toile (sample) and then finished item. Each persons' needs will be discussed prior to the course to ensure patterns and materials are available for use for the prototype/sample trial.

Course aim

To develop skills and confidence in creating sewn textile craft products or garments which are of a good quality and sized accurately.

Who is the course for?

Beginners will be offered a choice of items to make to develop their skills. Intermediates who are familiar with Suzanne's teaching will have the opportunity to develop with confidence based on their established skills. Basic sewing skills and the ab

What topics will this course cover

Measuring accurately, fabric cutting, tacking, altering the fit and pattern to ensure final product is accurate. Craft skills to create high quality products of your choice using remnant fabrics eg for display toys, bags, aprons etc. Each person will work according to their needs supported by the teacher. Some patterns and basic fabrics will be supplied to enable students to have a go.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

Understand how to use a paper pattern Take measurements and check the pattern sizing Allow for necessary pattern alteration Cut and Sew the item Create a quality end product

How will I know I'm making progress?

Teacher support one-to-one and group feedback On-going discussion Question and answer sessions Demonstrations and guidance

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Basic sewing equipment to include small and large scissors, pins, thread, needles, tape measure. Sewing machine with different feet as required. Vision glasses if used.There will be a selection of resources available to use.

Reading and information sources

No but a friendly phone call from the tutor prior to the course is likely to help understand your needs and aims.

What could the course lead to?

Other WEA sewing courses including the follow on classes. Alternative craft classes with other providers.

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Dressmaking Skills Course Outline

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