Date - 10/09/2019 - 22/10/2019
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Knowle Village Hall, Solihull
Sewing and dressmaking – the next steps
Duration – 6 weeks
Please check dates carefully – there are 3 consecutive weeks in September, then a week off and then 3 more consecutive weeks in October.
Tuesday 10th September 2019
Tuesday 17th September 2019
Tuesday 24th September 2019
Tuesday 8th October 2019
Tuesday 15th October 2019
Tuesday 22nd October 2019
This is a 6 week course aimed at those who are familiar with a sewing machine and have made several projects, including at least one garment. You must be able to wind a bobbin, thread the machine and sew basic stitches. It is ideal for those who have done the 6 week beginners sewing and dressmaking course or for those who already have some sewing experience and want to take their sewing skills to the next level. Throughout the 6 weeks you will build on foundation skills you already have and learn lots more essential sewing skills with the second half of the course, honing your skills and making a top with lots of fun along the way!! The 6 week course aims to build your confidence in using a sewing machine and develop and progress your skills. With 6 weeks in close succession and a massive 18 hours of sewing, it is an ideal opportunity to consolidate skills and progress them even further.
Week 1: Buttonholes
You will learn:
- How to use the buttonhole foot and make a buttonhole using the 1 step buttonhole function on the sewing machine
- How to neatly finish your buttonhole
- How to position buttonholes correctly
- How to self cover buttons
You will make a cushion cover with buttonhole fastenings and self covered buttons.
Week 2: Pockets and darts
You will learn:
- How to sew a patch pocket
- How to sew an inseam pocket
- How to sew a standard dart
- How to sew a contoured dart
Week 3: Zips and fastenings
You will learn:
- How to sew an invisible zip
- How to make a thread loop and sew on a button
- How to make a rouleau loop
- How to sew on a hook and eye and snap fastening
Weeks 4-6: Make a top
Bring together all of the skills you have learnt and add some more!! Learn some new dressmaking skills and make a fitted woven top! Take the time over a 3 week period to make your top. This will allow plenty of time to practise techniques, hone skills, for questions and feedback and most importantly enjoying the process.
Using Simplicity 8061 you will choose and make one of the woven tops from the pattern. This is a classic pattern and is extremely versatile when combined with different fabric choices. It would work equally well as a casual top or work wear.
You will learn:
- How to stay stitch
- How to sew and press bust darts
- How to alter the bust area of a pattern using a Full Bust Adjustment or Small Bust Adjustment (if necessary)
- How to attach neck facings to a garment
- How to sew under stitching
- How to ease sleeves into a garment
- How to finish off seams neatly
- How to give garments a clean and professional looking finish
What is included:
- Janome sewing machines and basic sewing tools provided to use
- Photographic step by step handouts with instructions to repeat the projects at home
- Simplicity 8061 for final top project worth £9.50. If this pattern is not the right size for you then another suitable alternative one will be sourced.
- Self covered buttons for cushion project
- Calico for all samples
What you need to bring:
- Fabric for cushion project. You will be advised on how much fabric to bring and what sort of fabric to choose prior to the start of the course
- Fabric and interfacing for top project. You will be advised on how much fabric to bring and what sort of fabric to choose during the course
**This course needs a minimum of 3 people to run.**
Maximum of 6 spaces.
You need to be able to attend all 6 sessions.
There may be slight variations to the course content in advance or along the way to enhance the quality of the experience and adapt to indiviual’s needs.
“I am really excited to introduce this new course. It is a great way of progressing skills you already have, build on your confidence and learn some new ones. These skills are key components of dressmaking so you will be able to transfer your learning into so many projects. It offers great value for money and a fantastic opportunity to learn, develop and progress their skills in a friendly, sociable setting. Learning together is so much fun and people really benefit from the support of others and sharing ideas.”
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