What is the course about?
Working from a simple pattern, learn how to make a classic shirt. You will be guided step by step through taking your measurements, choosing the right pattern size, laying out your pattern pieces and cutting out the fabric. You will learn sewing techniques such as contour darts, buttonholes, sleeves & collars to produce the shirt in a fabric of your choice. There is a pattern for both mens and womenswear styles. You must be able to use a sewing machine to participate in this course.
What will we cover?
With individual use of a Bernina sewing machine, the tutor will guide you through the basic sewing techniques used in making up a shirt. You’ll develop skills in sewing seams and pressing them using professional techniques, single and double (contour) darts, buttonholes, pockets, sleeves and collars. Pressing and finishing will be covered. You will have the opportunity to practise on samples and to make up a shirt within the class, using techniques learnt.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use the sewing machine.
- Sew seams
- Sew single and double (contour) darts
- Create buttonholes.
- Sew in a short sleeve
- Prepare and attach a collar
- Sew a Curved machine hems.
- Produce a range of sewing samples for future reference.
- Press and finish samples.
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?
Please bring 1.5 metres of a medium weight non-stretch fabric, suitable for making shirts. The fabric will be needed in week 2, so you will also have the opportunity to discuss your requirements with the tutor.
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.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details