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Sewing - Clothesmaking

Day of week:
Ashford Gateway , Ashford
Level 1
09:30 - 12:00
10 weeks

This course is currently full and online booking is not possible. Please call 03000 41 22 22* to register your interest. We will contact you directly if we can accommodate you.

This course will be held at Ashford Adult Education Centre at Ashford Gateway.

In this Clothesmaking class, you will use contemporary methods for fashionable and successful dressmaking and tailoring. You will work on your own project, at your own pace. Help and advice will be at hand to guide you.

By the end of the course you should be able to:-

- use a sewing machine
- demonstrate and understand relevant techniques
- use practical sewing skills for making seams and darts
- put in a zip
- sew on a waistband
- sew hand and machine hems
- produce a range of sewing samples for future reference

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Barbara Roots

Barbara Roots is a couture clothesmaker whose specialities are weddings and occasion wear. She has been making clothes for herself and customers for 20 years and teaching for more than 15 years. Her clothes are made to the highest standards. Barbara studied at Kent Institute of Art and Design and London College of Fashion.

View all courses taught by Barbara Roots here

How will I be taught?

Craft courses provide an opportunity for students to learn and develop skills, techniques and understand how to design for a chosen craft to a higher level. Students will also be expected to research and respond to the design aspects of craft. Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques.Students will be encouraged to look at the work of other craftspeople and artists, both contemporary and historical and keep a sketchbook/ notebook to record goals/ ideas, processes and progress. It is important to note that craft courses are practical, requiring a degree of manual dexterity. Students will need to participate fully to get the most out of the course. Our courses are taught by qualified and experienced tutors most of whom are practising craftspeople.
Your tutor will carry out ongoing assessment and give feedback. There will be one to one guidance, and self assessment.

What do I need to bring with me?

Sewing machine, scissors, tape measure and pins. You will need to purchase patterns, fabrics, interfacing, threads, buttons and zips as the course progresses.

What can I do next?

Further Clothesmaking courses will help you to develop your skills and experience. Your tutor will be able to advise you.

What do I need to join the course

Everyone is welcome to join this course. No experience or knowledge of the subject is needed.
Anyone who wishes to learn or improve their dressmaking skills.

Getting to your course

Find us

Ashford Gateway
Church Road
TN23 1AS

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code ASH/109050/K/LC.