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.Whilst working on a series of projects designed to help you perfect your stitches and build up speed, this beginners course will see you create a reference book of hand sewn samplers to add to your portfolio of work...

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.

Whilst working on a series of projects designed to help you perfect your stitches and build up speed, this beginners course will see you create a reference book of hand sewn samplers to add to your portfolio of work.

Starting with a simple running stitch, you will learn how to make gathered fabric flowers and explore decorative techniques such as hand tucking, before moving on to a basting stitch, back stitch and saddle stitch.

You will use slip stitch to create a blind hem, a bound hem and a rolled hem; herringbone stitch to attach backing fabric to a tailored hem; thread marking and tailor's tacks to mark fitting lines and dart positions.

Whilst learning how to attach different types of buttons and fasteners, you will use prick stitch to insert a zip; blanket stitch to neaten edges; button hole stitch to create eyelets, bar tacks, button loops and button holes.

Please note that you will be expected to practice your hand stitching between lessons, so please allow yourself time to do this.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

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

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

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 small sharp scissors
  • Selection of household needles
  • Real white cotton
  • Thimble

Details for booking

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