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Clothes upcycling and alterations at the Mary Ward Centre (concessions available)

Clothes upcycling and alterations at the Mary Ward Centre (concessions available)

About the Course

This course is the perfect opportunity to learn how to upcyle and alter clothes. Students will learn how to adapt and customise clothes and pick up useful tips and tricks to creatively recycle old clothes. Suitable for students who have some experience in using a sewing machine or hand sewing.

Who is this course for
Ever bought something and thought to yourself 'What if'? Well here is your opportunity to make that 'What if' possible. Come along and have fun learning how to adapt and customise your clothes into new and exciting garments in our new re-vamping workshop. Learn a few tips and tricks to creatively recycle your old clothes, or simply alter them to give you an individual look. Places are limited so sign up as soon as possible and be sure to scroll down to see what you will need.

What does this course cover
Customise in the form of embellishment with beads, sequins, lace trims, buttons, embroidery etc. Add a frill or a ruffle, change the buttons, apply new trims or try out any other ideas you bring along. This short course focuses on basic sewing techniques. It would be beneficial to have some basic sewing machine skills. If you can't use a sewing machine you can hand sew. A course for both men and women. Customise 1 - 2 pieces of your clothing on this new and inspirational course. By the end of the course you should be able to:
- Measure, design and apply fashion flair to adapt your own garments
- Make simple alterations to the garments that you bring in
- Demonstrate hand and machine sewing skills
- Evaluate your own work and that of others in the group
- Create a safe working environment.

What will it be like
Skills and knowledge will be learned initially through visual demonstrations and verbal descriptions then students will work independently with tutor advice and peer assistance. This will be supported by hand-outs. Students will be encouraged to comment about each other's work (peer centred learning). Your progress is monitored by tutor feedback and initial, on-course and end of course self-assessment. Individual advice is always available and verbal feedback, support and encouragement is given to you throughout the course:
- Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
- Record students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives.
- Practical work produced is evidence of learning.
- At the end of the course we will review and assess the work.

What else do you need to buy or do
For the first session, please bring drawing and writing equipment and any inspirational images. You will also need basic sewing equipment, your own garments, fabrics and trimmings.
-Tape measure
- Pens, pencils,
- Folder with plastic pockets for keeping hand-outs and samples
- Notebook
- Tailors chalk
- Hand-sewing needles.
- Sewing thread.
- Fabric scissors
- Paper scissors.
- Un-picker or small embroidery scissors
- Pins.

Mary Ward Centre is an adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable. Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’

Please get in touch via the links above for more details or to book your place.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.


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  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Wheelchair users

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