Ref: C3126714

This course is ideal for people that want to advance their sewing skills and learn techniques to extend their accuracy and repertoire of garment construction. You will create your own unique garment that has a professional finish and very good level of accuracy. In each weekly session you will be setting your own target for the garment you are working on, applying new found knowledge while being assisted and guided by your tutor.

Course aim

A dressmaking class to advance sewing skills and learn new techniques, which can then be applied to help you extend the repertoire of garment making.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Demonstrate confidence on the sewing machine
  • Acquire a variety of new construction techniques relevant to my garment
  • Select a variety of different machine needles and machine feet appropriate to the construction technique required
  • Show how I have extended my skills as evidenced by a finished 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?

  • 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?

  • Bring fabric, paper pattern, thread, hand and sewing needles, fabric scissors, tape measure, seam ripper etc. There is a range of sewing equipment that can be purchased at the course venture. Sewing machines are provided but you are welcome to bring our own.

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

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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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