Sewing on Sundays II
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VJ141
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
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What is the course about?
Working from a commercial pattern, you will learn how to make a classic Kaftan or Tunic dependent on your preference. You will be guided step by step from taking your measurements through to choosing the right pattern size, cutting out the fabric and then sewing the piece. This garment is ideal for spring & summer,holiday wear or loungewear to relax in at home.
What will we cover?
How to use commercial patterns, how to prepare and lay fabric for cutting, information on selecting the right threads, needles, etc. You will develop skills in professional sewing techniques: sewing and pressing darts, marking, sewing and cutting, pockets, sleeves, cuffs and collars. We will also cover some finishing techniques.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Measure, lay and cut pattern in your fabric correctly
- Sew seams
- Sew in a sleeve
- Mark and sew on pockets
- Sew a neck facing
- Carry out professional sewing and pressing skills
Experienced Learners may be able to;
- Complete a pattern adaptation to personalise the garment.
- Add embellishment to their garment (if time permits)
- Make an accessory.(if time permits).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You must be able to use a sewing machine to participate in this course.
It is suitable for beginners, (you should have basic sewing experience) improvers and, students
from previous City Lit sewing courses. This course will further your sewing machine skills sewing techniques to complete a garment. More experienced students will be encouraged to incorporate detailing into their garment.
You should be able in using numbers, complete simple calculations and take measurements.
You should be able follow written and verbal instructions to support your learning and, health and safety information.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through demonstrations, workshop practice and one to one instruction and guidance. You are encouraged to participate in group discussions.
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
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.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Access to basic materials and resources will be available as part of the course. You will also need approx. 2-3 metres of fabric to make your garment.
Fabrics will be discussed in the first session so that you have it ready for week 2. Ideas for fabric include: cotton polycotton, linen, peace silk, wax cotton, drill, and cheesecloth.
Bring a notebook and pen to keep your notes in and a small folder or plastic sleeve for any hand outs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Sewing on Sundays III follows this course where you bring a commercial pattern of your choice to prepare, cut and sew in our equipped studio, using the techniques you have learnt on this course. We also offer other fashion courses such as Clothesmaking III and Patterncutting.
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Rachel has BA degree in Fashion Design from the University of East London specialising in Womenswear, but has a keen interest children's and menswear. She currently works as a freelance pattern cutter with experience working in all areas of the industry from the high street brands like ASOS to the designer high end and Bridal. Whether its casual tees or evening gowns Rachel has done it all. Rachel enjoys sharing these skills with others and believes in more making and mending their own clothes and just finding a fun creative outlet through fashion.
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.