Date(s) - 31/07/2021 - 07/08/2021
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
This course is aimed at people who have started to make their own clothes and are ready to progress to the next level of dressmaking. Sewing Skills are only one part of learning how to make your own clothes. A paper pattern is just the starting point as they are designed to fit standard body measurements. To achieve a good fit for our own bodies there are various alterations that can be made to a pattern to ensure it will fit you really well. By learning Fitting Skills you will gain a greater understanding of how to alter and adapt a pattern to fit your own body.
In this two day workshop we will be working on a basic bodice pattern to help you undertand some of the techniques involved in altering and adapting a pattern to fit. Some of the skills covered in the workshops are as follows:
How to Measure yourself
Choosing the correct pattern sizes for you
How to lengthen or shorten a pattern
Moving a bust dart
Making a Full or Small Bust Adjustment
Grading between sizes
Additional Fitting alterations such as shoulder adjustments, swayback adjustments etc
How to copy and alter a pattern
How to make a Toile (mock up of the garment for fitting alterations)
You will need 1.5m of Calico or an old sheet for the Toile, pens, notebook, scissors, pins, measuring tape, pattern weights, French curve. Pattern and pattern making paper will be provided and is included in the cost of the workshop.
About the tutor:
Lisa Smith-Clare is a self-taught dressmaker, with over thirty years experience. She studied Textile design initially before an English degree and then a career in Further Education teaching. Sewing is Lisa’s passion, she has always been a highly creative person and wears the vintage inspired clothes she has made everyday. She has a creative business Bobo Bun, where she sells vintage inspired accessories and takes on clothing commissions. Through her blog and instagram page the opportunity to make garments and review them for fabric companies came about. Lisa also teaches dressmaking at The Makeplace in Norwich.