Making Clothes at St Ives Adult Learning and Skills

This course has past its finish date but this page will remain available until 21st November 2018.
Making Clothes at St Ives Adult Learning and Skills

Duration: 5 weeks (10 hours)

Price: £56

Run by: Kara
at Adult and Community Learning

01480 495717

High Leys
St. Ives
Cambridgeshire
PE27 6RR

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About the Course

From choosing the right fabric and pattern to how to press for a professional finish, you will learn the essential skills for making your own clothes at home. This is a Dressmaking course for those who already know how to set up their sewing machine and how to use it for straight and zig-zag stitching. During this course you will learn:

How to use the basic dressmaking tools
How to use the sewing machine for making clothes
How to use the iron and how to press
How to buy a paper pattern and how to choose fabric
The three essential skills which are used every time for whatever is made in the future: (1) Altering the pattern to fit (2) How to cut out fabric and pattern pieces and (3) Preparation for construction.
The actual techniques used on the chosen garment that you will make by the end of the course.

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.

What's included in the price?

You will need to bring with you a sewing machine and foot pedal (clean and in good working order) with instruction booklet, plus spare bobbins that are correct for the machine, all the feet and accessories including the zipper foot and an overcast foot (if you have one) and universal sewing machine needles sizes 80 & 90.
In addition you will need:
 Dressmaking pins
 Cutting out scissors
 Paper scissors
 Small pair of scissors
 Unpicker
 Tape measure
 Fading marker pen or tailors chalk
 Machine sewing thread any colour
 Pieces of fabric to make samples
 Pen, pencil and a ruler
 An A4 folder for your notes and samples
 If you already have a pattern and fabric that you want to use, then bring this to the first class. If not, the fabric and haberdashery required to make the garment can be purchased after the first class. The tutor will have a list of suitable patterns and advice on the fabric to buy.



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Course Start Dates

Wednesday 7th November 2018

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