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 for more challenging dressmaking.
Come and spend five days seriously improving your sewing techniques on this intensive, practical course based in our professional fashion studios.
We offer you three patterns, and you choose your favourite - then make it during the first two sessions.
You’ll explore different types of fabric (with access to the university fabric store) and the various methods of cutting and over-locking.
There will be plenty of time for problem solving, plus a one-to-one fitting with the tutor.
Make a shirt!
You’ll progress through each of the techniques, practising how to make a collar, cuffs, button stands, sleeves, plackets and button holes.
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.
You’ll be introduced to the techniques through group demonstrations, handling samples, paper-based instructions and one-to-one feedback.
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.
Entry requirement: You should already be familiar with the basics of pattern cutting.
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 and garment production machinery from domestic sewing machines to 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.
Tutor Profile: Deidre has had a varied career working as a garment technologist and assistant designer for Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson and Victoria Beckham.
She is now an experienced fashion technician at Nottingham Trent University.
Click through above to book your place online.
Need accommodation for the summer?
You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.
Accommodation can be booked online via the link above.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
One week of tuition with an experienced tutor.
Certificate of attendance upon completion.
Indicative class size: 10
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