Professional Sewing Techniques – Morley College – 11 Weeks On Campus
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About the Course
Many elements contribute to the look of a garment, not least the quality of the finish. This course is vital if you wish to develop your construction skills to produce garments to a professional standard.
Each term focus will be on the difficult and challenging features of a garment including the use of a range of stitches. A different set of techniques is taught each term: autumn – facings, sleeves, cuffs, plackets, pockets; spring – zips; summer – collars, from relatively simple ones building towards the more complex over the term. You will produce your own reference work of samples, notes and hand-outs.
Each term exists as a separate course and can be taken as such or you may wish to enrol on more than one to develop your skills to a higher level. It is essential that you read the entry requirements carefully before enrolling on this course. You must have achieved intermediate level in constructing garments and working with patterns, this course is not suitable for beginners.
*No classes on 14 Feb, 21 Feb and 4 April.*
By the end of the course you will be able to:
• Create a lapped zip/centred zip
• Create an exposed zip (decorative)
• Create a concealed/invisible zip
• Make an enclosed zip in a faced pocket
• Make a zip in a jetted pocket
• Make a centred open-ended zip
• Make a fly front zip opening
• Attach buttons and buttonholes
• Attach snap fasteners and hook & eyes
This is an Intermediate level course.
Before you enrol, you should have achieved the following:
• Use body measurements
• Follow beginners pattern instructions
• Adjust patterns using basic methods
• Use pattern lays, grainline and selvedge
• Use sewing machinery accurately
• Have constructed at least 3 garments to a good standard, including 1 top
• Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English
• Mathematics and numeracy skills are desirable but not essential
What you need to know before you enrol:
• This course is very intensive; punctuality and good attendance are necessary.
• Cutting fabric can involve standing at high tables. Please let your tutor know if this is difficult for you.
• Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.
• The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building and there is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.
• Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – no liquids at all are allowed.
What you will need for your class
• a basic sewing kit: sharp fabric scissors, trimming scissors, tape measure, dressmaker’s pins, tracing wheel, dressmaker’s carbon paper
• sewing thread
• paper scissors
• pens, pencils, notebook, A4 ring binder
• you will need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course you will also need to provide calico for each process taught, this is available from the colleges at a charge of £2.30 per metre
What you can do next:
We run a variety of clothes making courses, including tailoring and intermediate / advanced clothes making. We also run other courses which might be of interest, including Draping on the Stand, pattern cutting and some specialised accessory courses including leather and bag making.
You might like to try one of the following:
• Tailoring for Men and Women
• Clothes Making: Intermediate / Advanced
• Professional Clothes Making
• The Tailored Waistcoat
Follow the link to Morley College for details of:
• Course times
• Concession & Senior fees where available
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?
The tutor will present examples and samples and discuss their construction. There will be demonstrations of techniques and hand-outs and other printed resources will be used to support this work. Teaching will be in groups and on an individual, one-to-one basis according to students’ needs and you will practice methods taught by tutor’s demonstrations and through class discussions.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.