Sewing techniques: intermediate sewing and dressmaking

Alexander Centre, Tavistock

Who is this course for?

Suitable for anyone with some experience of dressmaking, who is confident using a sewing machine and now would like to progress their confidence and knowledge of specific dressmaking skills.

Course content

Intermediate sewing/dressmaking – building skills to produce a simple garment from a commercial pattern. Understanding fabrics, pattern cutting basics and garment construction. Tackling buttons and button holes, corners and curves, bagging out shapes, sleeves and sleeve heads, collars, cuffs and pockets. Produce a range of samples to build proficiency and finish of these sewing techniques, possibly progressing to work with your own chosen commercial pattern to begin production of a garment.

Support and feedback

Demonstration and instruction from tutor. One to one support as appropriate. Ongoing review of set tasks and outcomes through discussion with tutor and group.

Informal talks and feedback and a short learning plan to complete.

Additional costs and requirements

Sewing machine, pins, scissors, thread, a 2m length of cotton calico fabric. If you have a pattern for a garment that you’d like to make please bring that too. (there are sewing machines available at the centre for your use if you prefer but it is useful to get comfortable with how your own machine works).

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 2018 and your household income below £15,276 to access this fund. Contact your local centre for more details. 

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

In order to progress at a pace you are comfortable with and to get the best from the course you may wish to continue work or practice techniques between sessions. The tutor may set some optional tasks for individuals or the whole group.

About the tutor

Franca Westaway has been sewing and making clothes since she was 11 years old! She did a BA and MA in Fashion and Textiles and worked as an independent designer maker and within the clothing industry before moving into teaching when she came to the South West in the 1990s. Franca is passionate about helping others to gain creative skills and confidence, whatever their area of interest.

Start date05 June 2019
End date10 July 2019
Start time11:00
End time13:00
Concessions not available