Hand-Sewing for Couture and Bespoke Fashion

If you are looking for work in couture fashion, bridal-wear, millinery, bespoke tailoring or theatre costume production perfect hand sewing skills are essential. During this beginners course you will create a reference book of hand sewn samplers to add to your portfolio of work whilst mending a piece of vintage or antique clothing...

Taught by: Rowena Luke-King.

Description

If you are looking for work in couture fashion, bridal-wear, millinery, bespoke tailoring or theatre costume production perfect hand sewing skills are essential. During this beginners course you will create a reference book of hand sewn samplers to add to your portfolio of work whilst mending a piece of vintage or antique clothing.

Topics covered

Starting with a simple running stitch, basting stitch and back stitch you will learn how to mark dart positions with tailors tacks, add backing fabrics with herringbone stitch, insert a zip with prick stitch and turn up a hem with blind stitch.

You will be taught how to finish curved hems, rolled hems and tailored hems; create eyelets, button holes and button loops and attach fasteners such as hooks, eyes and press-studs.

You will be shown how to sew on different types of buttons including tailor's buttons; practice pad stitching and invisible darning; make gathered fabric flowers and explore other decorative techniques such as hand tucking.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

For more information please view http://www.rowenalukeking.com/central-saint-martins/#hand-sewing

Tutor information

Rowena Luke-King has had an extremely diverse career in design. She has worked as a designer and colour consultant for textile design studios and leading retailers such as Marks & Spencer and NEXT. She has produced collections of clothes, accessories, hand printed fabrics, greetings cards and wrapping papers for a number of stores including Fiorucci and has worked as a stylist in the music industry (stage clothes that she created for 'Adam and the Ants' have been exhibited in the Victoria & Albert Museum). Rowena studied fashion and textiles at Central Saint Martins and is currently involved in sourcing vintage fabrics for the fashion industry. www.rowenalukeking.com

Materials

Please bring to the first session:

  • Notebook and pencil
  • Pair of sharp scissors
  • Selection of household needles
  • A real white cotton
  • Thimble
  • A piece of vintage or antique clothing that you would like to mend/restore

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
05/11/2016 - 03/12/2016Saturdays10:00 - 16:005 Weeks£560Available Richbell Place - WC1N Add to Basket
03/04/2017 - 07/04/2017Monday to Friday10:00 - 16:001 Week£560Available Richbell Place - WC1N Add to Basket