Pattern Making and Sewing for Beginners

Ref: C3528884

On this course you will learn the first steps to independently create your own dressmaking or craft items, such as cushions, purses, skirts and children's dresses. The tutor will aim to create a supportive community environment where everyone is equal and can learn at their own pace.

Additional information about this course

No class on 29/5/18. Students will need to provide their own materials or can purchase from the tutor on an 'as needed' basis for a minimal charge.

Course aim

The main aim for this course is to give the student their first foundation for independently making patterns and both hand and machine sewing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Make a simple craft pattern
  • Sew a simple craft item
  • Make a simple dress making pattern
  • Start to sew a simple garment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the process from pattern to finished product

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • You need to bring a sewing/pattern cutting kit with : scissors, needles, thread, tape measure, pins, ruler/pattern master, notebook and pencil. Fabric can either be brought along or purchased from the tutor on an as needed basis.

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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Pattern Making and Sewing for Beginners


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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