The Complete Guide to Sewing and Garment Making
This three week sewing course will give you everything you need to improve your professional sewing and garment making skills. Through a combination of discussions, practical group exercises and one-to-one consultations, you will explore different construction methods and the laying and cutting of commercial multi-sized patterns. You will also learn about different methods of inserting components such as invisible or lapped zips, and be introduced to the cutting and making up of stretch fabrics such as jersey.
You will take away a half scale (size 12) skirt, child’s top, cotton lined dress, jersey top, bias skirt (size 12) and other samples for reference.
The course includes:
- Looking at different needles and threads suitable for fabric types
- Standard stitches
- Seaming curved edges
- Straight edges & gathered edges together
- Various seam types including: French seams & flat fell seams
- Simple buttonholes
- Trimming work & pressing
- Cutting and assembling a classic lined dress
- Skirt vents & splits
- Cutting & assembling jersey leggings
Beginners – some sewing experience with either a domestic or Industrial machine would be advantageous. No other experience necessary.
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.
Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.
Siaw Lee Priddle's passion for sewing was inspired when she studied bespoke tailoring and womenswear at the London School of Fashion. Through this she expanded her sewing technical skills and has been working in the fashion industry for over fifteen years. She has worked with various manufacturing outlets including S R Gent – a major supplier for Marks & Spencer. Her work has enabled her to reach Senior Specialist Technician level at London College of Fashion and enhance her teaching skills.
In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:
- A pencil, eraser and sharpener
- Fabric shears, small sharp pointed scissors, stitch ripper
- Fine steel pins
- Metric tape measure
- Tailors chalk
There will also be additional equipment needed in week’s 2 and 3 of the course and the tutor will advise of this on the first day.