Introduction to Dressmaking: 3-Day Summer School
Making your own clothes is extremely satisfying. You can obtain a perfect fit and have something completely unique, But it’s difficult knowing where to start. Commercial paper pattern sizes bear no relation to shop-bought, and all those fabrics to choose from? If you’d like to learn to make your own clothes, but are struggling to get started, then this short course will give you a great foundation.
I’ll guide you through interpreting the ‘lingo’ of patterns. Using the best size, choosing the right fabric, cutting and sewing – all with help at hand.
I’ll give you suggestions for easy patterns to start with if you’re not sure what to choose. You must already have competent sewing skills i.e. have completed a Beginners sewing course, be confident using a sewing machine and be able to thread up and wind bobbins, to sew neat accurate seams and to be aware of the various edge-neatening methods.
Who is this course for?
-Anyone who has recently started to sew and would like to make clothes
-Novice dressmakers who would like some help to understand how to use commercial patterns, and improve your dressmaking skills
-Lapsed sewists: perhaps it’s been a while since you last did any dressmaking and you need to brush up your knowledge and skills
What will I learn?
How to use commercial paper patterns and learn garment-construction techniques.
choosing the best size, and making some basic alterations for a good fit;
select suitable fabric and use it economically.
understanding the ‘language’ and markings on patterns
Fabric-cutting and marking techniques
sewing pieces together (garment-construction)
tips and tricks to obtain a professional-quality finish
You may have time to make 2 or more pieces, depending on difficulty and your own sewing skills. There will be some structured tutorials too over the 3 days with plenty practical time.
Total 18 hours.
You’ll need to provide your choice of paper pattern and your fabric and other materials required to complete your garment(s). You’ll also need your basic sewing kit of fabric shears, paper scissors, pins, quick unpick, tape measure, and fabric marking pencils/pens. I’ll provide a note of what you’ll need when you book. Sewing machines are available in the studio or you can bring your own if you prefer. (If you bring your own, then please remember the power cable/foot control, bobbins, presser feet, spare needles and the instruction manual)
You’ll also need your basic sewing kit of: Fabric shears, scissors for cutting paper, pins, tape measure (cm) chalk pencils or fabric marking pens, note book.
Travel, meals and accommodation are not included.
There will be a break for lunch, and opportunities for short breaks throughout the day.
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