Sewing and Dressmaking

Ref: C3528421

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 using commercial patterns.

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 measure accurately
  • Compare body measurements with a commercial pattern
  • Adapt a pattern to fit
  • Cut and sew with accuracy
  • Feel more confident in using a commercial pattern

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

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 your basic sewing equipment including small and large scissors, thread, needles, pins, tape measure. Garment makers may not need their sewing machine 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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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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