Intermediate Sewing & Dressmaking

Ref: C2338362

This course aims to provide an introduction to sewing and Dressmaking, how to use a sewing machine and how to start making your own accessories and clothing. We will use commercial dress patterns and students will be encouraged to make their own projects out of their own choice of fabrics.

Course aim

This course aims to provide an introduction to sewing and Dressmaking, how to use a sewing machine and how to start making your own accessories and clothing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for people with little spoken English

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

  • 1 Students will understand the properties of a range of sewing fabrics
  • 2 Students will be able to use all the stitches on a lockstitch sewing machine
  • 3 Students will be able to understand and amend commercial Dressmaking patterns
  • 4 Students will be able to understand and demonstrate a variety seam and construction techniques
  • 5 Students will be able to understand and demonstrate hand sewn finishing techniques

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, 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

Intermediate Sewing & Dressmaking 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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