Advanced Sewing Techniques (one week) - Nottingham Trent University



Would you like to take your sewing to the next level? Perhaps you’ve already made a few dresses and even completed some trickier projects and now you’re ready to develop your basic machine sewing skills to professional standard. Come and spend five days seriously improving your sewing techniques on this intensive, practical course based in our professional fashion studios. On this course, you’ll progress through each of the sewing techniques, practising how to make a collar, cuffs, button stands, sleeves, plackets and button holes in calico fabric. It’ll be intense - but great fun! During the course, you will: • learn about grain lines, fabrics and their suitability to different projects • cut, lay, fold and bias cut on reverse fabrics • fuse fabrics, and learn why fabrics are fused differently • use an over-locker, and learn (or remind yourself) how to set one up • make buttonholes and understand different buttonhole construction • sew and assemble a shirt from start to finish in calico. You’ll be introduced to the techniques through group demonstrations, handling samples, paper-based instructions and one-to-one feedback. You’ll explore different types of fabric (with access to the university fabric store) and the various methods of cutting and over-locking. What will I gain? By the end of the course, you’ll be able to confidently create a garment with professional sewing techniques. If you haven't completed your garment before the end of the course you're welcome to take it home and your instructor will make sure you know the techniques needed to complete the project. Level: Beginner / Intermediate Entry requirement: You should have already made a few basic garments, and feel confident using a domestic sewing machine and working from a commercial paper pattern. Where you'll learn: You will be based in the Bonington building at the City Campus, our dedicated art and design hub. You will have access to an excellent range of facilities and equipment in the fashion studios, with industry-standard pattern cutting tables, professional mannequins, domestic sewing machines, overlockers and button-hole machinery. You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing. Here's what our previous attendees said: 'I chose this course to get back into sewing, a passion of mine. The course has given me greater confidence with my sewing skills and lots of samples ' VH 'This course has helped me realise that my knowledge was far greater than I first realised, and I've come away with new skills and a refresher on things I did know already, thank you!' 'I wanted to improve my sewing and I now have much more confidence about approaching shirts and trousers, and really enjoyed putting in a fly zip! The tutor is fabulous' CG 'I have the knowledge now of how to sew garments professionally' PM 'I make dance costumes and wanted to do this course for my own professional development, and I have taken away so very much. We managed to get through so much during the week - our tutor has been amazing!' LD 'Following this course I feel empowered by the variety of sewing technqiues I have learnt. I would love to do a part two of this course' LB 'After the completion of this course I feel confident that my sewing skills have been improved. I especailly enjoyed the pace of the course and detail fo work.' RB 'I would recommend this course - it was excellent, I have improved my knowledge and sewing techniques using the domestic sewing machines' CG Tutor Profile: The course is taught by a senior technician at Nottingham Trent University, who has had a varied career working as a garment technologist and assistant designer for Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson and Victoria Beckham. Need accommodation? You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.

What's included in the price?

One week of tuition with an experienced tutor. Certificate of attendance upon completion. Indicative class size: 10


1 week (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • UK Holiday
  • Residential
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Accommodation offered
  • Public transport
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