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Dressmaking materials and fabrics

Sewing - Clothesmaking

Day of week:
Broadstairs Adult Education Centre, Broadstairs
Level 1
10:00 - 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.

Learn high quality construction methods used in the clothesmaking, giving your clothes a shop-bought look. You will be able to work on your own project, at your own pace; your project can be anything from tailoring coats to skirts, trousers, children's wear, fleeces or evening wear. I will show you all the processes needed to complete your project. These will include: choice of pattern and fabric, basic pattern alterations, basic fitting, advice on cutting your fabric; basic construction methods e.g. seam finishes, correct pressing for your fabric. Sewing darts, zips, waistbands and facings, machine buttonholes and use of interfacings.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Gaynor Lloyd-James

Gaynor Lloyd-James has over 40 years experience of teaching Textiles in secondary schools, and in Adult Education centres. She is a keen needleworker and a member of The Royal School of Needlework.Gaynor has taught Textiles for 35 years in secondary schools, to pupils aged between 11 and 16 years. During her time in the classroom she taught many aspects of design and fabric work, including printing and dying fabric, embroidery, and costume design and making. She also taught dressmaking to senior pupils for a variety of public examinations, the most recent being GCSE Design and Technology Textiles.

View all courses taught by Gaynor Lloyd-James here

How will I be taught?

Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques. 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.
One to one guidance, group critiques, self-assessment against individualised learning outcomes stated on the ILP.

What do I need to bring with me?

We have a number of sewing machines, however students need to be aware that they may have to share or feel welcome to bring their own machines. Students will need to bring basic sewing equipment (pins, needles, fabric and paper scissors, bobbins, thread, ruler, pencil) to all sessions.
Advice concerning the choice and amount of fabric required will be given during the first session and it would be advisable for students not to purchase fabric until discussion with the course tutor has taken place. You can bring any needles, pins, tapemeasure

What can I do next?

Beginner's courses in most cases follow our starter courses where you will have a chance to try the craft. These will be slightly longer to give you the opportunity to further understand the skills,techniques and to support you in the beginnings of research for design for the craft.You will be advised at the end what level you can study next or other craft options.

What do I need to join the course

No previous experience necessary.
Beginners and those with experience, or individuals wishing to update or refresh their skills.

Getting to your course

Find us

Broadstairs Adult Education Centre
Hilderstone Centre
St. Peters Road
CT10 2JW

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code BRO/107497/K/NC.