On this practical course, you’ll learn the three most important skills in making womenswear: how to cut a pattern, how to use a sewing machine and how to make adjustments to a pattern.
It’s ideal if you are new to making clothes and want to learn either for personal projects or to add work to a portfolio.
On this course, you will learn how to:
- read a pattern and understand the terminology
- take measurements correctly
- mark fabric, pin and cut with accuracy
- thread a sewing machine and over-locker, and use the correct stitches
- choose the right fabric for a garment (a trip to a fabric store will be included)
- complete a dress fitting
- make pattern-adjustments, such as adding and adjusting darts and the different types of seams and finishes.
Having hand-sewing or machine-sewing experience before the course is useful, but not essential.
What will you gain?
By the end of the course, you will have marked, cut and assembled a dress in your chosen fabric.
If you are feeling particularly brave, you may have made a start on a second project.
You will also have technical notes to help you continue making fashion in the future, and photographs of your work in progress for your portfolio.
You'll have real hands-on experience of what it's like to be a fashion student at university.
Level: Open to all
Entry requirement: You should have an enthusiasm for fashion and an interest in developing your creative and technical skills.
Tutor Profile: Leann Marshall has had a varied career as a costumer for film and theatre, a couture retailer and now runs a bespoke bridal wear design service, alongside prom wear and alterations.
Additional to working in the garment industry, Leann has had much experience in teaching others in the skills of sewing and garment construction.
Click through above to book your place online.
Modern accommodation is available a short walk from our studios and is available to those booked on to a summer school course for an additional fee, as well as for under 16 year olds as long as you are accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Accommodation can be booked online via the link above.
Doing your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award? This course can count as your Gold DofE Residential.
If you have mobility issues, please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to accommodate your needs.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
One week of quality tuition with experienced tutor.
Certificate of attendance upon completion.
Indicative class size: 10.
Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University
50 Shakespeare Street Nottingham Nottinghamshire NG1 4FQ