Sewing and Dressmaking

Ref: C3528420

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 produce machine sewn items accurately

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Understand how to check your own measurements
  • Compare your measurements with the commercial pattern
  • Adapt the pattern to ensure a good fit
  • Machine the product accurately
  • Create a product of quality

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
  • One to one and demonstrations to the group to support overall learning and particular queries.

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
  • Some information sheets may be provided to support learning

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
  • Basic sewing equipment to include small and large scissors, pins needle, thread, tape measure, tailors chalk. Garment makers are unlikely to need their sewing machine at the first session.

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

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Sewing and Dressmaking

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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