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Clothes Upcycling And Alterations

Learn the tips and tricks you need to creatively recycle your old clothes, or simply alter them to give you an individual look and comfortable fit.
  • Who is it for?

    If you love all things 'crafty' and enjoy altering, adapting and customising your clothes and making new friends then this course is for you. Come along and share your interest and ideas with friendly people in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. This course is the perfect place to pick up useful tips and tricks to creatively recycle old clothes.

  • What does it cover?

    Customise in the form of embellishment with beads, sequins, lace trims, buttons, embroidery etc. Add a frill or a ruffle, shorten sleeves, change a neckline, change the buttons, apply new trims or try out any other ideas you bring along to this new and inspirational course for both men and women. This course focuses on basic sewing techniques. If you can't use a sewing machine come along to our Sewing Machine Introduction Course or you can hand sew. By the end of the course you should be able to:
    - Design and apply fashion flair to adapt your own garments
    - Measure and make simple alterations to the garments that you bring in
    - Customise up to 3 pieces of clothing.
    - Demonstrate hand and machine sewing skills
    - Evaluate your own work and that of others in the group

  • What will it be like?

    Classes will be considerably smaller and we will be working across two rooms to maximise the space and distance rules during these difficult times. We have also re-worked the course outline. Every two weeks students will be introduced to a technique and asked to bring in a garment on which to practice on. Techniques will include shortening hems, changing necklines, narrowing trousers, altering fit, adding embellishments and more.

    Teaching methods: Skills and knowledge will be learned initially through visual demonstrations and verbal descriptions. Students will then work independently supported by written hand-outs with visual diagrams, group discussions and 121 teaching.
    Learning methods: hands-on practical activities, reading handouts, following verbal and written instruction, group discussion.
    Your progress is assessed by questions and answers during group discussions and 121 teaching, recording students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning. Individual advice is always available and verbal feedback, support and encouragement is given to you throughout the course

  • What else do I need to buy or do?

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

  • What could it lead to?

    This course could lead to other courses including the Introduction to the Sewing Machine, Sewing Machine Skills, 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.

    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.

    Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites: floodlight.co.uk; hotcourses.com

Available Courses

Clothes Upcycling And Alterations

Learn the tips and tricks you need to creatively recycle your old clothes, or simply alter them to give you an individual look and comfortable fit.

23 April 2024 – 09 July 2024
Tuesday, 18:00 to 21:00
Course Code:1323
£268 / £94
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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26 September 2023 – 12 December 2023
Tuesday, 18:00 to 21:00
Course Code:1321
£268 / £94
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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09 January 2024 – 26 March 2024
Tuesday, 18:00 to 21:00
Course Code:1322
£268 / £94
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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25 April 2024 – 11 July 2024
Thursday, 14:00 to 17:00
Course Code:1326
£258 / £90
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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28 September 2023 – 14 December 2023
Thursday, 14:00 to 17:00
Course Code:1324
£258 / £90
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High Street, Stratford
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Thursday, 14:00 to 17:00
Course Code:1325
£258 / £90
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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Introduction To Pattern Cutting

This course will teach you the essentials of flat pattern cutting such as how to lay a block on paper and to make pattern adaptions to realise your own designs. This course has different elements in each term.

25 April 2024 – 11 July 2024
Thursday, 18:00 to 21:00
Course Code:1317
£291 / £102
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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28 September 2023 – 14 December 2023
Thursday, 18:00 to 21:00
Course Code:1315
£291 / £102
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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11 January 2024 – 28 March 2024
Thursday, 18:00 to 21:00
Course Code:1316
£291 / £102
12 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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Sewing Machine Masterclass (Intermediate) - Fastenings - Buttons, Hooks, Velcro

If you make your own clothes but struggle a little with new techniques, or maybe you just need to refresh what you already know then the Master Class series is for you.

01 June 2024 – 01 June 2024
Saturday, 10:30 to 16:30
Course Code:1309CS
£60 / £21
1 Meeting
High Street, Stratford
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