About the Course
Dressing up in occasion and evening wear is something that we have been doing throughout history. Take this opportunity to make your own individual occasion or evening wear garment that is completely unique to you. Alongside this you will learn from weekly demonstrations covering a range of techniques including working with bias, working with specialty fabrics, and shaping garments with boning. You can also bring in your own garments for discussion and alteration. We will also look occasion and evening wear designers in fashion such as Vivienne Westwood who are known for occasion wear pieces in their collections.
By the end of the course you will be able to
use a purchased vintage or modern evening or occassionwear pattern to cut and construct a garment to your own size
produce a toile and fit your garment
adjust your pattern successfully
apply a variety of vintage and modern evening or occassionwear sewing techniques to your project
complete your garment to a professional standard
Class format and activities
Teaching is both to the whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, hand-outs and other technical support material where appropriate.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
This is an Intermediate level course.
Before you enrol, you must have achieved the following:
• Use body measurements
• Follow beginners pattern instructions
• Adjust patterns using basic methods
• Use pattern lays, grainline and selvedge
• Use sewing machinery accurately
• Have constructed at least 3 garments to a good standard, including 1 top
• Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English
• Mathematics and numeracy skills are desirable but not essential
What you need to know before you enrol
• Working on patterns, cutting fabric and fitting can involve standing at high tables. Please let your tutor know if this is difficult for you.
• Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.
• The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building and there is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.
• Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – no liquids at all are allowed.
What you will need for your class
a basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, small scissors, dressmaker’s pins, tape measure
• sewing thread, hand sewing needles
• paper scissors
• notebook, pen, A4 ring binder
• projects will be discussed during the first session and you may need to purchase a pattern for the following week
• you must provide your own fabrics, haberdashery, threads, etc. for use on your projects
• paper and card are available for use in the classroom
• calico is available at cost price from your tutor for toiling
What you can do next
Depending on the complexity of your design, projects may take more than one term to complete. This course is being offered on a continuing basis so that you may re-enrol to complete your garment. Lectures and demonstrations will vary to ensure new and returning students will benefit.
You might want to try one of the following:
Hat Making for Stage and Screen: Hollywood of the 30s and 40s
Hats and Headpieces for Events and Parties
Fashion History: The Evolution of Style
Pattern Cutting: Beginners
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.