Garment construction techniques - a beginners guide to sewing

Garment construction techniques - a beginners guide to sewing


This is a six week, one day a week, course designed for the complete novice, new to making your own clothes. The course runs on Wednesdays 10.00am - 3.00pm, beginning on June 15th and continuing until July 20th.

This valuable course will show you how to master garment making techniques and also cover basic skills such as how to thread the sewing machine, learning about the various stitches and their uses, 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, as you progress you will make a selection of samples showing the various garment making techniques, these include collars, waistbands, pockets, zips, sleeves, hems & using different types of fabrics.

Week 1
Introduction to the sewing machine, how to thread & use the sewing machine. Seams & Hems
You will make a series of samples demonstrating different types of seams such as a basic seam, french seam, felled seams and overlocking seams. You will make up different types of hems and finishing, which included a turned hem, a rolled hem, a traditional skirt hem all using different fabric types.

Week 2
Darts, Facings & collars
Starting with a bodice sample you will create bust & fitted darts, your samples will include facings, lined bodice & bias binding edging.
You will also make a two piece collar for your sample.

Week 3
Sleeves & cuffs
How to insert the various types of sleeves
You will create samples & try out the different methods for set in sleeves, raglan sleeve & a two piece sleeve, to finish off your sleeve you will add a cuff to your sample.

Week 4
Pleats, gathers & waistbands
You will practice making various pleats including
box and knife pleats.
Learn how to create gathers & ruffles before moving on to waistbands & creating mini sample skirts.

Week 5
Zips and fastenings. You will learn how to insert a basic zip, an invisible zip and a basic fly zip.
Explore the various buttonholes and their uses, make covered buttons and try out other fastening options.

Week 6
This session is all about pockets!! You will be shown how to construct a basic patch pocket and a patch pocket with a flap. Then we will move on to an In Seam pocket, a curved inset pocket, with a coin pocket, very popular on jeans! Finally the welt pocket and the jetted pocket for a more professional tailored finish.

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

Hand sanitiser will be provided throughout


Paula Cain at Cambria Costume House

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2nd Floor, 43-47 High Street

Suitable for

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


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

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Pat Roberts - - #36069

What a wonderful, informative day I have just spent, the knowledge shared with me exceeded my expectations. Peter and Paula are so knowledgeable and friendly that I felt completely at ease, I can’t wait to sign up for another course.
Many thanks to you both

Lee Iggulden - - #35121

I absolutely loved this course. I started this course at the same time as the Pattern Cutting Sessions (Skirt / Bodice / Sleeve ) and it was instrumental in providing me with the confidence (and courage) to take this new found hobby further. Paula was welcoming and friendly, always with a coffee and a smile, waiting for you to arrive at her wonderful workshop/studio and Val was informative, helpful and nothing was too much trouble and if I got stuck, or couldn't work something out she was patient and understanding. I can recommend to anyone thinking about taking up sewing as a hobby (or wanting to make clothes) to do this course and it really is a good grounding in the basics of just about every sewing technique you will ever need.

Lee Iggulden

Alison - - #34837

I really enjoyed this course, and learnt loads of techniques to make garments in a friendly supportive environment. I recommend anyone wanting to learn the basics of garment making that they attend this course to give them the know how and confidence to start making their own garments.
Thanks for a great course.

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