Clothes making III

Course Dates: 23/05/22 - 11/07/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Practice working with silk or fine luxury fabrics & sew a summer dress or party wear from a pattern.
Learn how to cut, sew and work neatly. Suitable for those with some sewing experience.
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Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00

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Course Code: VJ103

Started Mon, eve, 23 May - 11 Jul '22

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

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What is the course about?

With individual use of a Bernina sewing machine, the tutor will guide you through sewing techniques, to include:

-Overview to clothes making and sewing equipment
-Introduction to a domestic sewing machine
-Introduction to a domestic over locker
-familiarize with silk, fine and luxury fabric
-How to cut out and use a dress pattern. You will be making simple summer dress or party wear
-How to sew basic seams for silk, fine and luxury fabric
-The perfect interfacing
-How to sew fastenings
-How to sew neatly with fine fabric
-How to sew a rolled hem.

What will we cover?

• Creating a simple summer dress from a commercial pattern
• Cutting out the chosen fabric
• Understanding Grain lines
• Inserting fastenings (optional)
• Machining a hem
• Pressing the garment
• Simple techniques & tips for a glamorous look.

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


• Read & assemble a dress from a commercial pattern using fine fabric.
• Cut out fabric correctly adhering to ‘grainlines’.
• Produce several samples techniques for different kind of fine fabrics
• Demonstrate knowledge and ability to sew a simple dress with neat seams & hem techniques.
• Produce a finished glamorous dress without sleeves by using the above techniques.

More advanced learners will:
• Produce a dress with some embellishment techniques.

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

The course is suitable to those with some sewing experience, or for those that need to refresh their skills.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and
health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

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



Through demonstrations, discussions, workshop practice, one to one instruction and guidance. 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?

Bring a notebook and pen or pencil and a bag for your work. Basic materials are provided and you will be advised on what other items you need to purchase between sessions or brought in. In order to complete some of the tasks at home you may need to purchase fabric scissors, pins and a tape measure.

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

City Lit offers a range of courses in Fashion and Textiles. You may wish to try Pattern cutting or try courses in textiles in which you could learn how to embroider, knit, or print as techniques which could be used to embellish your garments. Please browse the website for upcoming courses.

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.