Sewing and Dressmaking Skills

Ref: C3671983

A course designed to develop a range of sewing skills. Develop confidence in using a sewing to create lots of exciting projects including trousers, simple blouses, skirts and dresses. Utilising a range of sewing stitches learn how to hem, over lock as well as sew seams, pockets, zips and darts. You gain an understanding of fabric and how to use it in your project as well as learning to cut from simple pattern. You read and follow commercial patterns to construct unique garments working with some independence under the guidance of the tutor.

Course aim

In this course you will learn about fabrics, taking measurements of your body, use commercial pattern, cutting out trousers patterns and using a variety of techniques to design and produce a garment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Use a tape measure accurately to measure body size.
  • Confidently use commercial pattern
  • Cut out patterns and cut out fabric for the garment.
  • Use a sewing machine, following health and safety guidelines, to sew a garment.
  • Make alterations and complete a garment.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

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
  • 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 provide the material for your own garment.

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Sewing and Dressmaking Skills Course Outline

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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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