Beginners to garment making will learn key skills & processes in garment construction- including cutting out, piecing together, fitting, stitching, pressing, the correct and safe use of tools and equipment, understanding and adapting commercially bought patterns and choosing styles and suitable fabrics. You will sample a variety of techniques throughout the course and in a 10 week class you should, for example, be able to complete a simple dress, top, skirt or trousers. A 10 week Tailoring sample making class begins in September, and this will help you to develop the necessary skills to begin working on more tailored garments in the future, if this is of interest to you.Learners with greater experience may opt to make a more structured garment such as a formal shirt, pair of trousers or lined skirt- and these can be achieved in a 10 week class. More complex garments such as jackets or coats will require considerably longer to complete- unless you are able to work on these between the sessions. Emphasis will be placed on pattern adaptation & fitting, as well as ideas for creating professional finishes for garments using traditional and modern techniques, including how and where to use canvas & fusible interfacings to create structure. You will build a reference folder of sample techniques, which will include hand stitches, buttonholes, pockets, zips & decorative finishes.
- Course Administrator: Denise Darlow