A beginners dressmaking course that covers the core skills in garment construction, such as:
Introduction to the sewing machine
Dressmaking terminology and working from a commercial sewing pattern
Learning how to take correct measurements
Garment construction techniques
Depending in the progression and the learner's pace, one or more basic garments may be produced.
What you will need to bring:
- Students will need to bring their own sewing machine to each lesson, (and manual if there is one).
- Note pad and pen
- Sewing equipment and tools, eg, fabric scissors, needles, pins, seam ripper, tape measure, tailors chalk.
- Scrap fabric for test pieces, (can be an old sheet etc)
Sewing machine advice
Mini sewing machines don't have all the functions needed for the course, so they would need a full size machine. John Lewis sell a basic machines for around £89. They're nothing fancy but they do everything they need to do.
The Hobbycraft machine wouldn't be suitable, its designed more for patchwork. The basic functions that are needed are forward and backward stitch, zigzag stitch and a button hole function. A local sewing machine shop called Sew Creative on Kings St. sells second hand machines as well as new, they also offer advise and free trials for which sewing machines is best for what you want to do.
Other haberdashery items, such as zips or elastic etc, are required but will be advised by the tutor during the course.
Linda Hadaway is a costume designer who studied fashion design at Nene College, Northampton. She creates for the costume label 'Millie Maybe', making vintage inspired stage outfits. Her work includes costumes for cabaret and burlesque performers, theatre shows, historical costumes and children's fancy dress. She has also taught dressmaking at Sawston Village College, Swavesey Village College and Impington Village College.