Basic sewing

Ref: C3125624

Enjoy gaining the skills to make your own garments , that will be a personal fit to you. You will have the opportunity to use a variety of sewing machines and equipment . We will be using commercial dressmaking patterns to create your choice of garment. This is a beginners class , that will lead onto the next level in the Spring. you will need to bring your own fabric and sewing items , But all sewing machines are provided in class.

Course aim

An Introduction to Dressmaking using commercial patterns for beginners to sewing garments . Using a sewing machine and learning all the techniques to making your own clothes to fit.

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:

  • understand how a commercial pattern is used in dressmaking
  • use a variety of sewing machines
  • have a garment that fits you well to your own personal measurements
  • Be confident with changes to commercial patterns for a better fit of the garment
  • have more skills in basic dressmaking , to possible go onto the next level in the spring term

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?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • 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
  • Weekly tutor demonstrations of techniques with handouts to practise at home will be covered.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • you will need to bring fabric of your choice and the pattern you want to use to create your garment , this will be discussed at the first session , and samples will be at the first session for you to look at , with internet research help aswell.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • look at fabric and commercial dressmaking patterns on the internet and in local haberdashery shops

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course outline

Basic sewing Course Outline

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Please call 0300 303 3464 to enquire about enrolling on this course.

Conditions

You can 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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