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.
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
Other topics covered include:
- How to present stitch samples
- Make a pin cushion
- Make a miniature petticoat; UK size 12 reduced to ¼ scale
- Attach gathers to a waistband
- Hand-neaten seams
- Prepare and stitch tucks, pin tucks and shell tucks
- Transfer dart positions from pattern to fabric
By the end of the course students will have produced a 'tool of the trade' pin cushion, a series of hand stitched samples and a portfolio size calico petticoat decorated in tucks, pin-tucks and shelltucks. Students will be expected to practice their hand-stitching between lessons, so please allow time to do this.
Entry requirements: None
On completion, students wanting to develop their hand stitching skills further, may like to enrol on Hand Sewing for Couture Bridalwear.
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
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.
Please bring to the first session:
- Notebook and pencil
- Pair of small sharp scissors
- Selection of household needles
- Spool of white thread