This course has concessions available

Clothes Upcycling And Alterations

This course is the perfect oppertunity to learn how to upcycyle and alter clothes. Students will learn how to adapt and customise clothes and pick up useful tips and tricks to creatively recycle old clothes.
Suitable for students who have some experince in using a sewing machine or hand sewing.

Who is this course for

Ever bought something and thought to yourself What If? . Well here is your opportunity to make that 'What If' possible. Come along and have fun learning how to adapt and customize your clothes into new and exciting garments in our new re-vamping workshop. Learn a few tips and tricks to creatively recycle your old clothes, or simply alter them to give you an individual look. Places are limited so sign up as soon as possible and be sure to scroll down to see what you will need.

What does this course cover

Customise in the form of embellishment with beads, sequins, lace trims, buttons, embroidery etc. Add a frill or a ruffle, change the buttons, apply new trims or try out any other ideas you bring along. This short course focuses on basic sewing techniques. It would be beneficial to have some basic sewing machine skills. If you can't use a sewing machine you can hand sew. A course for both men and women. Customise 1 - 2 pieces of your clothing on this new and inspirational course. By the end of the course you should be able to:
Measure, design and apply fashion flair to adapt your own garments
Make simple alterations to the garments that you bring in
Demonstrate hand and machine sewing skills
Evaluate your own work and that of others in the group
Create a safe working environment.

What will it be like

Skills and knowledge will be learned initially through visual demonstrations and verbal descriptions then students will work independently with tutor advice and peer assistance. This will be supported by hand-outs. Students will be encouraged to comment about each other's work (peer centred learning). Your progress is monitored by tutor feedback and initial, on-course and end of course self-assessment. Individual advice is always available and verbal feedback, support and encouragement is given to you throughout the course:
- Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
- Record students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives.
- Practical work produced is evidence of learning.
- At the end of the course we will review and assess the work.

What else do you need to buy or do

For the first session, please bring drawing and writing equipment and any inspirational images. You will also need basic sewing equipment, your own garments, fabrics and trimmings.
-Tape measure
- Pens, pencils,
- Folder with plastic pockets for keeping hand-outs and samples
- Notebook
- Tailors chalk
- Hand-sewing needles.
- Sewing thread.
- Fabric scissors
- Paper scissors.
- Un-picker or small embroidery scissors
- Pins.

What this course could lead to

This course could lead to other courses including the Introduction to the Sewing Machine, Sewing Machine Skills, Clothes-making Basics, Clothes-making Intermediate, Soft Furnishings, BTEC Pattern Cutting or the many other textile courses at the Mary Ward Centre or another further education college. Your tutor can advise on the best route to take. It could also inspire self-initiated projects.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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