Dressmaking: womens clothes - make do and mend

Kennaway Centre, Exmouth

Who is this course for?

The wartime motto ‘Make Do and Mend’ is good advice today and mending or up-cycling garments is great fun. This course is suitable for everyone interested in dressmaking. The projects are suitable for beginners as well as those with previous experience.

Course content

This course will cover skills and techniques essential in sewing and dressmaking. The course will focus on women’s clothing garments with an emphasis on using pre-loved or charity shop garments to reinvent or create new garments. Lots of skills will be covered including pattern cutting, inserting zips, adjusting hems and inserting darts.

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. You will also create a small folder to demonstrate sewing techniques.

Additional costs and requirements

We have Janome sewing machines for you to use in our workshop. Please bring some fabric scraps and thread with you to practise. A basic sewing kit will be required. Needles, threads, fabric scissors, paper scissors, embroidery scissors, a stitch ripper, pins in a pin cushion, a tape measure. Please store all items in a tin or box. You will need some fabric /garments to upcycle – please speak to the tutor during the first session if you aren’t sure.

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.

About the tutor

Sam Brown, tutor for Learn Devon offering courses in design, crafts and employability skills. Her background is in Graphic Design, an Interior Designer and Manager in interior and fashion retail.

Sam qualifications include BA (Hons) in Design/Typography from the University of Plymouth and diplomas in Interior Design and Fashion and Textile Design.

Sam includes combining old and new technologies in her work from hand embroidery to digitally printed fabrics.

“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.” – Sam Brown, Tutor, Learn Devon

Start date11 June 2020
End date02 July 2020
Start time10:00
End time13:00
Concessions not available