What is the course about?
Working from a commercial pattern, learn how to make a classic shirt. You will be guided step by step from taking
your measurements through choosing the right pattern size,cutting out the fabric and then sewing the shirt.
Unisex option available, as well as short or long sleeved variations and optional pockets.
What will we cover?
How to use commercial patterns, how to lay fabric for cutting, information on selecting the right threads, needles, etc.
You’ll develop skills in professional sewing techniques: sewing and pressing darts, marking, sewing and cutting buttonholes, pockets, sleeves, cuffs and collars. Pressing and finishing will be covered. Learn how to sew buttons on from an experienced tailor with over 18 years’ experience.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Sew seams
- Sew single and double (contour) darts
- Create buttonholes.
- Sew in a sleeve
- Prepare and attach a collar
- Sew a curved machine hem.
- Professional pressing and finishing.
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.
For beginners-plus and improvers (you should have at least basic sewing experience) and students from previous City Lit sewing courses. This is an intermediate course in which you can further their sewing machine skills and learn the sewing techniques used to create a shirt.
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. Some tasks may need to be undertaken at home in order to be completed.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring approx. 2metres of fabric to make your shirt. This will be discussed in the first session so that you have it ready for week 2.
Ideas for fabric include: cotton, polycotton, muslin, cotton drill, satin, cheesecloth, linen.
Bring a notebook and pen to keep your notes in and a small folder or plastic sleeve for any hand outs. All
equipment is provided. Fabric for samples and practising etc will be supplied.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VX445 Clothes making III
VX054 Introduction to pattern cutting
VX342 Sewing on Sundays III.