Garment Making for Beginners to Intermediates

Ref: C2420675

Beginners will be introduced to the domestic sewing machine and will be shown how to use it safely, they will be taught how to carry out a range of basic sewing skills and techniques, gain experience working with simple patterns and learn how to cut out fabric accurately, they will be set projects designed to help develop their understanding of garment construction and in the process learn how to make an embroidered bag and simple garments for children. Experienced learners will be introduced to new sewing skills and techniques and will be set projects that will help them make simple garments for themselves using stretch fabric, they will also learn how to use the Overlocker to carry out simple tasks, learn how to take accurate body measurements, gain experience working with commercial patterns and learn how to make simple adjustments to their patterns for a better fit.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to help beginners and experienced sewers learn how to use the sewing machine safely and confidently, develop a range of sewing skills and techniques and gain a better understanding of how simple garments are constructed.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre

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

  • Safely and confidently use the appropriate tools and a range of equipment to produce garments
  • Develop a range of sewing skills and techniques involved with the construction of garments
  • Learn how to make simple garments using both stretch and non-stretch fabric
  • Gain experience working with commercial patterns

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
  • 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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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
  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Garment Making for Beginners to Intermediates

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Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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