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Clothesmaking & tailoring workshop - beginners/improvers

1. Qualification detail

2. Course description

Beginners to garment making will learn key skills & processes in garment construction- including cutting out, piecing together, fitting, stitching, pressing, the correct and safe use of tools and equipment, understanding and adapting commercially bought patterns and choosing styles and suitable fabrics. You will sample a variety of techniques throughout the course and in a 5 week class you should, for example, be able to complete a very simple dress, top, skirt or unstructured trousers. Learners with considerably more experience may opt to make a more structured garment such as a formal shirt, pair of trousers or lined skirt- and these can potentially be achieved in a 5 week class, particularly if you are able to work on these between the sessions. More complex garments such as jackets or coats will naturally require considerably longer to complete. Emphasis will be placed on pattern adaptation & fitting, as well as ideas for creating professional finishes for garments using traditional and modern techniques, including how and where to use canvas & fusible interfacings to create structure.

3. Entry requirements

This course is suitable for learners with a range of experience levels- it would be an advantage, but not essential, to have sewing machine & hand sewing skills. Maths using addition, subtraction and multiplication are required on this course in order to make calculations for a variety of projects. English reading skills are essential to be able to interpret patterns and follow technical instructions. Learners are, therefore, expected to have at least Entry Level standard in Maths and English.

4. Equipment required

The tutor will discuss materials and projects during the first session of the course, and learners will be responsible for purchasing all patterns, fabrics and sundries for their personal work, as well as their basic sewing kit. Please note that you are not able to bring in your own sewing machine to work on.

5. Assessment method

The course tutor will use a range of methods to assess your individual progress and achievement of your personal project work- including observation and discussion of your work, and evaluation of work samples and completed projects.

6. Venue

7. Other dates or venues

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