Sewing Techniques

Spend a day brushing up on specific techniques and elements of garment construction.
08 Oct: Waistbands and Zips
22 Oct: Sleeves, cuffs, darts, tucks and gathers
20 May: Pockets and Hems
17 June: Linings, interfacings and fastenings: (button
holes and loops)

Who is this course for

The Clothes-making Techniques courses have been designed as a beginners sewing course for people who have been inspired by the latest trend in home sewing, have an interest in clothes-making and a desire to learn. It is suitable for students who do not have any previous experience or people with limited skills that they want to improve. You will learn many of the skills needed to be able to make your own clothes.
There are four titles in the series for you to explore:
Term 1: Clothes-making Techniques - Sleeves, cuffs, pleats & gathers
Term 1: Clothes-making Techniques - Waistbands and Zips
Term 3: Clothes-making Techniques - Pockets and Hems
Term 3: Clothes-making Techniques - Linings and interfacings and fastenings: (buttonholes and loops)

What does this course cover

You will be introduced to different methods of construction, and shown how to complete several types of stitching required to assemble a garment. With the guidance of the tutor you'll work your way through a selection of sewing samples learning different construction methods to create a practice garment.

Sleeves, cuffs, pleats & gathers course will include: Laying and cutting, Marking up, Specialist Sewing, Skills, Pleated sleeves, Gathered sleeves, Cuffs, Pressing and finishing.

Waistbands and Zips course will include: Laying and cutting, Marking up, Specialist Sewing Skills, Straight Waistband, Elasticated Waistband, Shaped Petersham Waistband, Concealed Zip, Lapped Zip, Pressing and finishing.

Pockets and Hems course will include: Laying and cutting, Marking up, Specialist Sewing Skills, In seam pocket, Patch pocket, Welt pocket, Machine stitched hem, Hand-stitched hem, Pressing and finishing.

Linings and interfacings and fastenings: (buttonholes and loops) course will include: Laying and cutting, Marking up, Specialist Sewing Skills, Linings, Interlining, Buttonholes, Fastenings, Pressing and finishing.

What will it be like

Learning will be facilitated by individual guidance and support from the tutor as well as peer centred learning. Skills and knowledge will be learned initially through visual demonstrations and verbal descriptions then students will work independently with one to one tutor advice and 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 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.
- 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

So that you are fully prepared you will need to bring the following materials/equipment to the first class.
1 metre of cotton fabric
A 20cm concealed zip
A 20cm normal skirt zip
Pencils and pen
Fabric shears
Sewing thread
Small sharp pointed scissors
Stitch ripper or quick-unpick
Fine steel pins
Metric tape measure
Tailors chalk

What this course could lead to

This course could lead to other sewing and textile courses at the Mary Ward Centre or another further education college. The student could take a follow up short course or a longer term or year long course. It could also inspire self-initiated projects.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff, and a half-hour guidance interview can be arranged for you.

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’