Dressmaking - beginners
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for those with little or no knowledge of dressmaking
You may be eligible for a learner bursary if you can demonstrate that attending a course will improve your wellbeing. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged over 19 on 31st August and your household income below £15276 to access this fund. Please contact your local centre for more details.
During the course you will be shown basic methods of dressmaking including use of the sewing machine from winding the bobbin, lacing up the machine and stitch types and sizes. All things you need to know to get you started.
Support and feedback
Your tutor will support you throughout the course.
Additional costs and requirements
Needles, cotton, pins, scissors and any materials (can be recycled) you may have at home that you would like to use. There are sewing machines at the centre for your use if you prefer or you can bring along your own.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
You could practice what you have learnt each week.
About the tutor
Harry Roberts currently works on Art and Design courses and a range of Art/music based ALDD courses for Learn Devon. For two months over the summer he works for a language company at Shebbear College, teaching English and Sport to French students.
Prior to this he worked for North Devon College for 12 years as a Fine Art Lecturer and Tutor. Before this he had four artist-in-residence positions in the UK and was International Research Fellow at Exeter College of Art and Frankfurt Akademie, and Junior Fellow at South Glamorgan University.
Harry has a PGCE from the University of Reading and a BA Hons (Ist class) from the Polytechnic Wolverhampton and Ecole des Beaux Arts de Lyon.
His current area of interest is in using paper pulp, dyes and oil paint to create large constructions that straddle the line between painting and sculpture. The current series of five works has taken four years and is due for exhibition next year.
He has held one-man shows at most large cities in the UK including two in London and has won 12 awards and prizes at local and national exhibitions and was awarded the gold medal in Fine Art in Newport, Wales.
His work is in various public and private collections including; Tarmac, Granada Television and three LEA collections.
When he was a student his tutor was Anish Kapoor.
‘I love showing people new things and materials and helping them develop their skills. I believe everyone has a creative ability. We all drew before we could speak but sometimes this creative ability gets lost or buried. I like people to find what they never really knew they had.’
Harry Roberts. Art, Craft and Design Tutor, Learn Devon.