Dressmaking Intermediate

Ref: C2342447

The course covers how to sew more complex garments using trickier fabrics, like jersey and woollens. It will cover techniques to give the garments a good finished appearance. There will be an opportunity to use different sewing machines like overlockers to sew stretch fabrics too. There will also be sessions on how to adapt patterns to get a personalised fit. We will also learn how to clone existing garments and how to use a dummy to create our own patterns.

Course aim

This course will teach you how to understand more complicated Dressmaking patterns using a wider range of tools and materials to make slightly more complex garments. You should have an interest in making clothes and have used a sewing machine before.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • 1 Students will understand the properties of a wide range of sewing fabrics
  • 2 Students will be able to use and select the correct stitches on a lockstitch sewing machine
  • 3 Students will be able to understand and amend commercial Dressmaking patterns for a perfect fit
  • 4 Students will be able to understand and demonstrate a variety of hand and machine and construction techniques
  • 5 Students will be able to understand and demonstrate how and why we use an overlocker.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring a sewing kit of scissors, pins, tape measure, chalk, sewing threads, needles & a quick unpick. You will need to purchase fabric and patterns, but we have a selection in the studio. Sewing machines, overlockers, irons, ironing boards and tailors dummies are provided.

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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Dressmaking Intermediate

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  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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