Stretch Fabric for Fashion

Ref: C3126844

During this course you will learn how to take accurate body measurements, select the correct size from commercial patterns, and distinguish the different types of stitches used for sewing stretch fabrics. You will be taught how to recognise the types of stretch fabrics, identify stretch and return percentage, as well as stabilise seams, insert zips, poppers and create garments.

Course aim

Learn how to create your own garments using stretch fabrics.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • A folder/wallet to keep any handouts or swatches you are given.

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

  • Record accurate body measurement's
  • Modify a commercial pattern to fit
  • Stabilise and recite the types of stitches used for sewing stretch fabrics
  • Differentiate the stretch and return percentage of stretch fabrics
  • Create a garment using stretch fabrics

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
  • 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 are encouraged to keep a folder which you can keep handouts and swatches in, for future reference. You will need to bring your sewing project, along with a sewing kit, sewing machine needles will be discussed at the first session. In house sewing machines are available.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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
  • 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

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Stretch Fabric for Fashion


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

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