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Hand-Sewing for Couture and Bespoke Fashion

Course 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.

Starting with a simple running stitch and working on a series of projects designed to help students perfect their skills and build up speed, this beginners course will focus on creating a reference book of hand sewn samples to add to a portfolio of work.

Stitches taught on this course include:

  • Even basting, irregular basting and diagonal basting
  • Back stitch, stab stitch, prick stitch and saddle stitch
  • Chain stitch, blanket stitch and buttonhole stitch
  • Herringbone and slip stitch
  • Overcast and whip stitch
  • Tailor tacks and thread marks

Finished samples will include:

  • A stitch chart
  • A blind hem, bound hem and rolled hem
  • Shirt buttons and other fasteners
  • Covered button
  • Hand stitched zipper

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Materials

Please bring to the first session:

  • Notebook and pencil
  • Pair of small sharp scissors
  • Selection of household needles
  • Spool of white thread
  • Thimble

Details

Topics covered:

  • How to present stitch samples
  • Make a pin cushion
  • Make a miniature petticoat; standard UK size 12 reduced to ¼ scale
  • Hand-neaten seams
  • Prepare and stitch tucks, pin tucks and shell tucks
  • Thread elastic through a waistband
  • Transfer dart positions from pattern to fabric

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Upon hand-sewing for couture and bespoke fashion you will work on a series of projects designed to help perfect skills and build up speed, this beginners course will focus on creating a reference book of samples to add to a portfolio of work.

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