General Dressmaking Advanced

Ref: C2337961

This course will teach you how to make clothes from basic garments in easy cotton to more complicated garments using a wide range of fabrics and machines.

Course aim

To teach a range of dressmaking skills from basic to more challenging techniques on a wide range of fabrics using a range of sewing machines.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for people with little spoken English
  • You will not need to use a sewing machine, but do need an interest in sewing and clothes.

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

  • 1 Students will understand the properties of a range of different fabrics
  • 2 Students will be able to fit and adjust commercial Dressmaking patterns
  • 3 Students will be able to understand and demonstrate seam and construction techniques
  • 4 Students will be able to understand and demonstrate hand sewn finishing techniques
  • 5 Students will be able to use a sewing machine and an overlocker machine to sew woven and stretch fabric

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Please bring a sewing kit of scissors, pins, tape measure, chalk, sewing threads, needles & a quick unpick. Sewing machines, overlockers, irons, ironing boards and tailors dummies are provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

Download full course outline

General Dressmaking Advanced Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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