Pattern Cutting and Dress Design Preparation for Accreditation

Ref: C3127227

This course is currently full.
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Students will learn how to use a sewing machine, produce a range of samples, learn basic pattern cutting and garment construction skills and create a garment to a good standard. The course is intended for anyone wishing to complete sewing (dressmaking) projects.

Course aim

The course aims to provide students with a broad range of skills in dressmaking and pattern cutting and work towards future employment goals.

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:

  • Be able to measure accurately using cms and make a basic pattern demonstrating metric pattern cutting skills.
  • Be able to produce an accurate time and costing sheet for materials.
  • Be able to produce 8 dress making samples of basic sewing techniques such as, plain seams, flat fell seam, double turned hem, blind hem, a simple neckline with under stitching, inserting a zip open ended dart and closed ended dart.
  • Be able to make garment to a good standard.
  • Be able to create a portfolio of work including design and development work and all samples.

How will I be taught?

  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • 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
  • 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?

  • Students will need to bring with them their own basic sewing kit containing, pin cushion, scissors, tape measure, tracing wheel, safety thimble,hand sewing needles, seam ripper, pins, and dressmakers carbon paper. Purchase their own fabric and thread separately.

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
  • 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

Download full course information sheet

Pattern Cutting and Dress Design Preparation for Accreditation

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This course is currently full.
Join the waiting list to be notified if any places become available.

Waiting List Conditions

This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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 2019
  • 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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