Better Dressmaking - 3 day Summer School
Learn tips and techniques to make your home sewing look more professional.
Do your seams look wrinkled or puckered? Do your facings refuse to lie flat, and are you tired of wonky zips – or do you even avoid zips altogether? Yes? – Then this is the course to help you raise your sewing game.
I’ve observed a few areas that many home dressmakers where commonly struggle, and rolled them all up into this 3-day course. It will teach you loads more tips and tricks to improve the fit and finish of your home dressmaking projects and avoid that ‘homemade’ look that is the downfall of many sewing projects.
Through a series of tutorials, and practical sessions, you’ll be working samples of each technique, so you can practise the skills learnt in that session. We’ll start with getting the groundwork right. How to choose the best size of pattern, and making some common adjustments for a perfect fit. Then I’ll teach you the lingo of pattern terminology. I’ll show you how to improve the appearance of your seams with pressing and trimming, and adding the WOW factor with perfectly straight and even topstitching. Darts, interfacing, buttonholes, zips, sleeves and waistbands are covered too. Each session expands on the skills learnt in the previous one, building your knowledge and technical ability over the three days (18 hours in total). By the end of the course, you’ll have a library of new techniques at your fingertips to take home so your sewing will be more ‘high end’ than ‘high street’.
Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of Excellence in January 2019 and is rated ‘Best sewing classes in Edinburgh’.
Who is this aimed at?
Novice dressmakers who’d like to further their skills
Home dressmakers who’d like to achieve a better fit and finish to their home sewing projects
You must have had some dressmaking experience and be familiar with using commercial paper patterns and basic garment construction
What will I learn?
How to choose the best size(s) of pattern to achieve a good fit
Understanding pattern terminology
How to do some common pattern alterations
Learn different seam types and when to use them
How to take up hems
Neatening and finishing techniques
Edge stitching and top stitching to add impact
Make machined buttonholes and sew on buttons
How to sew in a concealed zip
Avoid stretched necklines
Choosing and using interfacing
How to make facings lie flat
Setting in a sleeve
There will also be time for a question and answer session so if there’s anything you’d like to know that isn’t covered above, then please let me know and I’ll try to include it if there’s time.
The classes run from 10am to 5pm each day. There will be a break for lunch, and opportunities for short breaks throughout the day.
Sewing machines are provided or you can bring your own if you have one. Please remember your power cable/foot control, spare needles, feet, instruction manual
You will need your basic sewing kit of: fabric shears, paper scissors and small trimming/embroidery scissors, pins, tape measure (cm), chalk pencils or fabric marking pens, notebook.
Travel, meals and accommodation are not included.
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