COURSE DESCRIPTION : INTRODUCTION TO DRESSMAKING
Ginny has been making her own clothes since she was 11 years old and did so for many years until her interest in soft furnishing and interior design took over. Recently however, and with the buzzword being “sustainable fashion” her interest has been rekindled and she has begun making her own clothes again. Using organic, linen and woollen fabrics and simple patterns she has come up with a simple capsule wardrobe that she thinks everyone can make- given a little guidance and encouragement of course!
This short course run on six consecutive Wednesdays from September 18th, 2019 from 9.30 am – 1.30 pm and is intended as an introduction to simple dressmaking, giving you the confidence to go away and tackle your own projects at home.
The cost is £450 for the six week course and includes all materials for Week One and Two, including material and a sewing pattern for Weeks Two and Three. Fabric and patterns will need to be purchased for the following three weeks and advice will be given.
Please note: This course is suitable for beginners and those with a little experience alike.
Week One: An introduction to the basics of dressmaking
- Choosing a suitable pattern
Taking your own measurements to ensure a good fit
- Learning how to cut out your fabric and how to read a pattern correctly
- Making a “toile” out of sheeting or similar, again to ensure a good fit (making one of these means that you don’t waste expensive fabric and you adjust the size up or down accordingly – invaluable tip!)
- Cutting out your chosen design using your toile to make any adjustments
Making a start on our first project: a simple sleeveless top in linen (colours: black, white or navy – to be chosen in advance)
All materials for this session will be provided as well as pattern for two pieces of clothing – a shell top and wide leg cropped trousers. Advice will be given on suitable fabric for ongoing projects in Weeks 3-6.
Week Two: A simple sleeveless top in linen
- Seaming fabric pieces together
- Neatening seams
- Creating a bias binding strip from the fabric used for the top for a neat finish
Make a start on next week’s project: a pair of wide leg cropped trousers including choosing a suitable fabric
Week Three: A pair of wide legged cropped trousers
• In addition to those covered in Week Two:
• learn how to topstitch and insert elastic in a waistband
Discuss next week’s project: a simple tunic dress with sleeves, including purchasing a pattern and suitable fabric
Week Four: a simple tunic dress with sleeves
• In addition to those covered in Weeks Two and Three:
• Inserting sleeves
Discuss next week’s project: a simple skirt with a zip fastening, includes purchasing a pattern and suitable fabric
Week Five: a simple skirt with a zipped fastening
• In addition to those covered in Weeks Two, Three and Four:
• Inserting a zipped fastening
Discuss next week’s project: a simple edge to edge jacket or coat
Week Six: a simple edge to edge jacket or coat
Skills covered are a combination of those learned in previous weeks.
I would recommend that you have the following for Week One:
• A good pair of dressmaking scissors such as Fiskars
• Glass headed pins 4.5cms long
• Hand sewing needles and a needle threader if you have trouble seeing (!)
• A stitch unpicker
• A fabric tape measure
• A notebook and pen
A suitable sewing machine is advised and I would recommend that you visit World of Sewing in Tunbridge Wells, Croydon or Pratts Bottom for advice www.worldofsewing.com. It is really important to take good advice: as with everything, having the right equipment is essential to achieving a satisfactory outcome. Some machines labelled as “right for beginners” are no better than toys and constantly snarl up and go wrong which results in the user being put off sewing for life. Believe me, I’ve seen so many examples! You do not necessarily need a machine for Week One and can use the ones that I have here, that way you’ll get a feel for what is a good buy.
Please email me if you have any questions or would like some more information on email@example.com
COURSE DATES (Six Weeks)
Wednesday 18th September 2019
Wednesday 25th September 2019
Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Wednesday 9th October 2019
Wednesday 23rd October 2019
Wednesday 30th October 2019
COURSE DATES (Six Weeks)
Wednesday 13th November 2019
Wednesday 20th November 2019
Wednesday 27th November 2019
Wednesday 4th December 2019
Wednesday 11th December 2019
Wednesday 18th December 2019