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Hand-Sewing for Couture and Bespoke Fashion Short Course

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

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

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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


Please bring to the first session:

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

Meet the Tutor:

No previous experience is needed for this course which will also interest anyone who can already sew and would like to develop their skills further. Students will leave with a range of hand stitching skills, an insight into what they are used for and the confidence to teach themselves more.

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