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Sewing - Clothesmaking

Day of week:
Broadstairs Adult Education Centre, Broadstairs
Level 1
10:00 - 12:30
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 clothing industry, 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, invisible, lapped and fly front zips, waistbands and facings, machine buttonholes and use of interfacings. Construction methods for the more advanced projects will include jacket fitting, setting sleeves, collar and rever construction, lining jackets and coats, pockets, trouser fitting and handling special fabrics.

To find out more about our clothesmaking and sewing courses, watch this short video:

Find out what to expect on our Clothesmaking & Sewing courses by watching this video.

Clothesmaking & Sewing video

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?

Unless stated all craft courses do not carry an accreditation.
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, bobbins, scissors, 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 new students not to purchase fabric until discussion with the course tutor has taken place.

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.
For beginners and those with some experience. Students will need to: Understand the potential benefit from the programme of study. Read and interpret tasks. Communicate responses that are clear, logical and understandable. Manage their own time. Undertake critical reflection and evaluation. Be motivated to develop creative skills and enhance / develop personal 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/112658/K/LC.