Sewing and Dressmaking

Ref: C3528419

Make your own garment to fit you or a craft product such as a bag or toy. Choose from the range of patterns available to make a prototype to ensure the fit and construction are exact or if you have already attended one of Suzanne's classes, you may like to bring your own pattern applying your understanding of how the pattern will fit your measurements. Items are based on commercial patterns and will help you understand the printed information. All students will focus on fit and quality, taking you through the processes to alter the paper pattern and make a sample garment (a toile) step-by-step.

Course aim

To develop quality sewing skills to enable students to make items which are to the correct size accurately.

Who is the course for?

- This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

What topics will this course cover

- 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 - You will be able to work on your product at home if you choose to, following tutor guidance.

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:

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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 - You will be supported with demonstrations of techniques in small group and one to one settings.

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

- A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you - You will need to bring basic sewing materials including small and large scissors. You are unlikely to need your sewing machine the first session if you are making a garment. Testing fabrics and some patterns will be available to use.

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading or pre course work is required

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - Progress to a course with another provider - Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

Download full course outline

Sewing and 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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