Garment Making- Level 1 - 2

Ref: C3843693

This course will help students to develop an understanding of garment construction using a range of basic sewing skills and a variety of techniques. Students will learn how to read pattern data and use a commercial pattern. This will involve taking accurate body measurements,pattern cutting, developing fitting techniques and making simple pattern adjustments to create a better fitting garment. Students will be introduced to a variety of machine accessories enabling them to produce proffesional results using finishing techniques. Students should choose a pattern for a Skirt, Sleeveless Top or Tunic Dress. Students will learn the characteristics of a variety of different fabrics and build a portfolio of techniques used on the course.

Course aim

to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to work creatively with textiles and design elements, with a view to employment within the fashion industry or self employment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students should have basic knowledge and understanding of how to thread and use a sewing machine.

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

  • read pattern data and use a commercial pattern
  • take accurate measurements and make simple pattern adjustments when neccessary
  • know and understand the characteristics of a variety of different fabrics and how to look after them
  • use a variety of techniques in garment construction and build a portfolio of techniques
  • complete the construction of a simple garment using finishing techniques

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Students should bring their own sewing machines although a small number of sewing machines will be available to students for classroom use only. Students should bring their own sewing kits, pattern of choice and provide their own fabric and thread for the choice of their garment project.

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
  • 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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Garment Making- Level 1 - 2

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This course is funded by the Liverpool Combined Authority. You must be a resident of Liverpool in order to attend this course. Click here to learn more about government funding changes. If you don't know whether you are a resident of Liverpool, you can check your postcode here:

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

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