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Sewing - Clothesmaking

Day of week:
St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone
Level 1
18:45 - 21:15
11 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 take place at St Faiths Adult Education Centre in Maidstone.

You will learn how to use a sewing machine and make seams, hems, buttons and zips as well as other dressmaking techniques whilst working on a project of your own choice. You will develop your skills through working on your individual projects - we will be adhering to social distancing guidelines in the classroom.

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

- Know how to thread up and use the sewing machine.
- Demonstrate a range of hand and machine sewing skills
- Produce a range of sewing samples for future reference of seams, hems, zips, machine applique
- Press and finish all the samples you have made.
- Work on a personal project based on prior experience

Some homework [optional] may be needed to complete the project by the end of this course

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Tracy James

Tracy James is a fully qualified costumier and has worked in the West End on Lion King, Starlight Express and Beauty and the Beast, as well as the Royal Opera House for the Royal Ballet. Her work has taken her to Paris and Monte Carlo, working at their opera houses. She also has worked for Fortnum and Masons, Liberty and Selfridges on their specialised christmas windows. She is continually working on youth productions in the local area, as well as abroad in Dubai, whilst also making curtains, wedding dresses and alterations throughout the year.

View all courses taught by Tracy James here

How will I be taught?

This course will be taught using a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, instruction, one to one guidance, and group discussions.

Your tutor will encourage and advise on a 1-1 basis where necessary.

Please let us know if you require special learning support to enable you to take part in the course. Please note as with all our craft courses, good manual dexterity is needed

What do I need to bring with me?

A well equipped sewing kit to include large and small scissors, hand and machine needles, seam ripper, tape measure, pins, threads. Paper scissors, ruler, notebook, pencil and rubber. As the course continues you will need to buy paper patterns, fabric and haberdashery- The tutor will give advice on these at the first session

Please note that with all our craft courses , specialist equipment can be costly. Please do not buy anything until you are sure the course is running

If you are a complete beginner and do not have any sewing equipment, please do not buy anything before the first session - the tutor will advise you.

Sewing machines are available for your use at the centre.

What can I do next?

Further dressmaking courses to develop skills further

What do I need to join the course

This course is suitable for all levels , all are welcome and everyone will be encouraged to achieve their full potential working on a project suitable for their previous experience. Please note as with all our craft courses, good manual dexterity is needed

This course at Maidstone AEC is for anyone who would like to learn how to use a sewing machine and learn new or improve your dressmaking skills.

Getting to your course

Find us

St Faiths Adult Education Centre
St Faiths Street
ME14 1LH

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code MAI/109464/K/LC.