Garment Construction Techniques - A Beginners Guide to Sewing

Garment Construction Techniques - A Beginners Guide to Sewing


This is a five week, one day a week, course designed for the complete novice, new to sewing.

Starting at the very beginning of your sewing journey, this valuable course will cover all sewing machine basics, including how to thread the sewing machine, learning about the various stitches and their uses and general care and maintenance of the machine.

You will create a range of stitching samples to help boost your confidence with using a sewing machine, then move onto small projects to enhance your skills further. The projects include collars, waistbands and how to set in sleeves.

Week 1
Introduction to the sewing machine. Understanding tension, how to thread, how to maintain your sewing machine. Seam construction. You will make a series of samples demonstrating different types of seams such as basic shirt seam, french seam, felled seams and basic overlocking seams.
A guide to different types of hems and finishing. You will learn how to create a turned hem, a rolled hem, a traditional skirt hem and a piped edging.

Week 2
Construction sampling. In todays session you will learn how to construct a tailored dart and a fitted dart, inverted, box and knife pleats.
Waistband constructions which will include one piece and two piece waistbands and a shaped waistband. Finally you will learn how to construct yokes and facings.

Week 3
Zips and fastenings. You will learn how to insert a basic zip, an invisible zip and a basic fly
Buttonholes, covered buttons, bound buttonholes and a trouser zip

Week 4
How to insert a one piece sleeve into a basic shirt block. How to construct and insert a two piece tailored sleeve
Shirt plackets, stand collar and a two piece collar. Cuffs

Week 5
In this final session you will learn the appropriate use of understanding and manipulating fabrics. You will be provided with three different weights of fabric, organza, satin and denim and using appropriate fashion detailing to achieve the correct finish. In this session you will start to understand how to handle fabrics and which finishes work best on each type of garment.

What to bring
A4 folder with dividers and envelopes to keep your work

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All fabrics, equipment and machinery are provided along with tea, coffee and refreshments.

Please note :-
All workshops are held on the second floor with access via the stairs
All participants must wear a mask
Workshop leader will wear a mask or visor
Hand sanitiser will be provided throughout


Paula Cain at Cambria Costume House


2nd Floor, 43-47 High Street

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


5 days (10:00am to 3:00pm)

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