Dressmaking for beginners
Who is this course for?
This is a 4 week course, 3 weeks before half term and 1 week after half term. The dates will be 3/10, 10/10, 17/10 and 31/10. This course is suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience or who just want to start at the beginning! You can work on a project of your choice as well as completing samples of techniques.
This course will start at the beginning – How to thread a sewing machine, getting the tension correct, using different sewing machine feet, getting started on a project: choosing a pattern, cutting out, marking up and following the pattern instructions. Techniques covered will include different types of seams, darts, hems and maybe a zip! You will create some samples for you to refer back to – your own mini ‘sewing bible’
Support and feedback
To find out how you are getting on, you will complete an individual learning plan and have one-to-one discussions with your tutor.
Additional costs and requirements
Yes, you will need to have your own materials and equipment.
We have Janome sewing machines available for you to use during this course. They are very easy to learn on.
You will need a basic sewing kit – this should include: tape measure, pins (a pin cushion is recommended), hand sewing needles, some polycotton thread (moon thread is ideal), sharp scissors for cutting fabric, general scissors, a stitch ripper, a ruler and pencil. Please can you bring a container to store your equipment in the classroom (a biscuit tin or recycled ice-cream container)
You will need fabric for this course – any pieces of fabric larger than A4 will be ok, cotton or polycotton would be best.
Please wear suitable clothing and bring a notebook and pencil/pen.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
To get the most out of this course, you may need to finish work started in class each week ready for the following week. Don’t worry if you don’t have access to a sewing machine at home.
About the tutor
Sam Brown currently works as a tutor for Learn Devon running courses in craft and design. Prior to this she had a varied career working as a Graphic Designer, an Interior Designer and as a Manager in interior and fashion retail.
Sam has a BA(Hons) in Design/Typography from the University of Plymouth as well as diplomas in Interior Design and Fashion and Textile Design.
Since childhood, Sam has loved making handcrafted pieces, developing skills in needlecraft and creative textiles techniques. She is interested in combining old and new technologies in her work from hand embroidery to digitally printed fabrics and from letterpress printing to Adobe Creative Cloud.
“I love teaching adults new skills – whether for pleasure or to pursue a new career, every course is unique in that friendships are formed, skills are learnt and dreams are followed.”
Samantha Brown, Arts & Crafts Tutor, Learn Devon.