Clothes making I

Course Dates: 16/10/23 - 04/12/23
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Learn how to make a skirt from a simple pattern. You will be guided step-by-step to produce a garment in a fabric of your choice using easy techniques and, incorporating a zip and waistband.
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Full fee £339.00 Senior fee £271.00 Concession £220.00

Course Code: VJ101

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Mon, eve, 16 Oct - 04 Dec '23

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

With individual use of a Bernina sewing machine, the tutor will guide you through sewing techniques, to include:
- Introduction to clothes making and sewing equipment
- Introduction to a domestic sewing machine
- Introduction to a domestic over locker
- How to sew basic seams for a simple skirt from a pattern with fabric
- How to sew a zip
- How to attach interfacing & facing
- How to cut out garments and use a skirt pattern. You will be making a skirt with waistband and zip.
- How to sew a perfect darts
- How to attach a waistband.

What will we cover?

- Creating a simple skirt from a pattern
- Cutting out the chosen fabric
- Understanding Grain lines
- The perfect interfacing
- Adding a machine button hole
- Inserting a zip
- Attaching a waistband
- Machining a hem
- Inserting a Lining (optional)
- Pressing the garment
- Simple techniques & tips for a glamorous look

By the end of the course, you will have all of the skills and capabilities needed to cut and sew your skirt again and again, in a range of fabrics to continue your sewing journey!

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Read & assemble a simple skirt pattern.
- Cut out fabric correctly adhering to ‘grainlines’.
- Demonstrate knowledge and ability to sew a zip, button-hole, waistband and hem techniques.
- Produce a skirt by using the above techniques.

More advanced learners will:
- Produce another skirt in your own fabric and pattern with some embellishment techniques.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is for beginners, no knowledge of clothes making is necessary. You should be able to use measurements and understand verbal and written instructions. General knowledge of a sewing machine is advisable.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals. Participation in group discussions and feedback are encouraged. This course is supported by Google Classroom as a Virtual Learning Environment. When you log on you will be able to access course material, presentations and handouts etc. and may be asked to complete learner progress records. You can find help via the student help centre on the City Lit website.
Please note it is important that you sign up and log in to your course Google classroom prior to the first session. Joining details will be sent to you via email (check your junk/spam folder).
Additional / extension tasks may be set for you to complete at home and outside of the course hours. Completion of additional tasks is encouraged to help you get the most out of the course. Where required your tutor will discuss these with you during each session.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Access to basic materials and resources are available as part of this course. Calico is provided for the first skirt. You will need the waist and hip measurements. You will need to buy fabric for your specific skirt and a simple skirt pattern that suits your taste.
You will receive guidance in week one for purchasing the style of pattern, suitable types and quantity of fabric and matching threads. You will need to bring your purchased pattern to session two.
You may also wish to keep a notebook where you can make notes and store any samples.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We run a range of fashion courses where you can expand your learning from this course such as Clothesmaking II and Sewing on Sundays II. Please browse our website for upcoming dates for these courses.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 14:00 then 16:00 – 18:00.

Silvia Sacrestano Tutor Website

Silvia Sacrestano is a Italian fashion print designer graduated from Central Saint Martin’s year 2000, working as a freelance artist for fashion, community projects, museums and academic schools as: Fashion textile print designer, screen print designer, carnival costume artist, pattern cutter ,clothes making & soft furnishing ,combining cad embroidery, felt making, art, craft & food for the wellbeing. Silvia is a creative, young spirited person, full of energy always looking for exciting projects to share & to work in collaboration with other creative minds & students. She is organized, patient, with lots of artistic skills, looks for challenges, specialised in working with children, families & adults. Silvia is based in central London; she is interested in helping the community by sharing her knowledge, enthusiasm & artistic tools of self-expression. She infuses others with her passion, to inspire and to be inspired. By participating in her workshops you will feel energetic, have fun and be creative, whilst exploring visual imagination & wellbeing. You will use experimental and innovative techniques with a unique artistic approach.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.