Date(s) - 10/01/2024 - 26/06/2024
7:00 am - 9:00 am
Bluebell Community Centre
This is a 2-part technical sewing course. In the first 12 weeks we will begin at entry-level and it is designed for people who want to learn basic sewing terminology, technique, tool fundamentals, fabric cutting and pattern reading. It is ideal for people who have never sewed or who are beginner sewers looking to improve their skills. In the second 12 weeks, we will explore intermediate-level sewing techniques and is designed for people who want to learn more advanced sewing skills. It is ideal for people who have completed the beginner course or have a good knowledge of sewingBy the end of this course, you will have the skills to create garments based on shop-bought patterns.
This 12-week interactive course combines theory and practice, and will cover:
- Essential sewing tools and sewing machine fundaments
- Stitching varieties
- Fabric types and behaviours
- Taking body measurements
- Pattern reading
- Seams and hems
- Single and double darts
- Knife pleats and gathering
- Making and attaching pockets
- Basic zip insertion
- Attaching fasteners
- Inserting facings
- Shirt yokes
- Making and attaching flat collars
- Making and inserting sleeves
- Sewing machine (essential)
- Snippers or embroidery scissors
- Seam ripper
- Pins and pin cushion
- Thread (spooled)
- Cutting scissors
- Tape measure
- Pencil and notepad
About the Tutor
Like many people, I found sewing in some of my darkest hours. My mum lent a sewing machine and gently nudged to give it a go whilst recovering from a family trauma – I became instantly addicted. There was something about the creativity married with the mathematics and logic that drew me down its rabbit hole.
Desperate to know more, I went to college where I studied sewing technique and fabric fundamentals. I was trained to pattern cut and to design clothing from block.
I started a small sewing business in 2018, mostly hiring bunting to weddings, but began retailing during the pandemic as the wedding market crashed. I now work full-time sewing and am blessed that my hobby has become my livelihood.
My business predominantly makes reusable fabric bags. In the past 12 months I have worked with companies such as the Royal Scotsman to repurpose their old uniforms, I also design make-up bags for the English Mineral Makeup Company.
I like to make clothing when I am not sewing for work. I design and make outfits for all the little people in my life. I enjoy costume design and I also love to rummage through a good charity shop to find preloved clothes to alter.
Sewing is my life, and to have the opportunity to gift the pleasure of this pastime to others is a privilege.
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