DRESSMAKING FOR QUALITY FIT AND FINISH – BASIC GARMENTS



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Course information

Sessions are run on Mondays:

DAYTIME SESSION – 9.30am to 2pm (4-hour class with half an hour for lunch)

20 hours over 5 classes of 4 hours/week

COURSE DATES:
6 February – 6 March 2017
13 March – 10 April 2017
24 April – 22 May 2017
29 May – 26 June 2017
24 July – 21 August 2017
28 August – 25 September 2017
16 October – 13 November 2017
20 November – 18 December 2017

EVENING SESSION – 6.30pm to 9pm (2.5-hour class)

20 hours over 8 classes of 2.5 hours/week

COURSE DATES:
6 February – 27 March 2017
1 May – 26 June 2017
24 July – 11 September 2017
16 October – 4 December 2017

BASIC GARMENTS

(For information on the Dressmaking Course for garments of intermediate difficulty, please click here)

Course summary

The dressmaking course is designed for beginner and intermediate sewers who want to learn how to fit and sew a commercial pattern. It is ideal for students undertaking the HSC who would like to learn sewing skills that can be applied to their major work.

Course subjects

  • Quality equipment selection
  • Haberdashery requirements for sewing
  • Appropriate fabric selection
  • Pattern styles for figure types
  • What correct garment fit entails
  • Interpretation of pattern envelope information
  • Taking body measurements and determining basic pattern making alterations for personal fit
  • Understanding pattern instructions on the paper pattern and the instruction leaflet
  • Fabric pre-shrinking, layout and pattern making/cutting
  • Machine treading and bobbin winding
  •  Basic sewing techniques including:

* a straight seam
* a curved seam
* completing corners
* finish seam edges on a sewing machine or overlocker
* use of interfacing
* stay stitching
* basing
* darts
* pressing techniques
* machine hemming

Demonstration of sewing techniques applicable to individual dressmaking projects will also be undertaken and may include techniques required to complete:

* collars
* cuffs
* pockets
* waistbands
* zippers, including invisible zips
* ease stitching and gathering
* topstitching
* button holes
* facings
* hand finishing and hand hemming

GARMENTS OF INTERMEDIATE DIFFICULTY

Course summary

The dressmaking course is designed for intermediate and advanced sewers who want to learn how to fit and sew a more complex commercial pattern.

Suggested garments that students would undertake include a shirt with a collar and sleeves, a dress with sleeves, or tailored pants with pockets. This is a follow-on from the beginners’ course and basic sewing skills are assumed for these workshops.

Course subjects

  • Quality equipment selection
  • Haberdashery requirements for sewing
  • Appropriate fabric selection
  • Pattern styles for figure types
  • What correct garment fit entails
  • Fabric pre-shrinking, layout and pattern making/cutting
  • Machine treading and bobbin winding
  • Advannced sewing techniques including:

* collars
* cuffs
* pockets
* waistbands
* zippers, including invisible zips
* ease stitching and gathering
* topstitching
* button holes
* facings
* hand finishing and hand hemming

The dressmaking classes are run in an informal format at our Sydney college, and students are invited to observe techniques that apply to each other’s garments. Students complete a basic garment during the course.

Our Sydney students work at their own pace during the classes, so on average, students will complete one to two garments during the course. The types of garments recommended are skirts, simple pants patterns and sleeveless dresses made from woven fabrics.

Students will need to purchase a commercial pattern and fabric for these classes. Advice concerning the type of commercial pattern and information on fabric selection will be supplied upon enrolment in the course.

Students may bring their own sewing machines to classes but this is not mandatory. Sewing equipment required for this course may be ordered through our Sydney college.

Course duration

A total of 20 hours over 5 classes of 4 hours a week (daytime session) or 8 classes of 2.5 hours a week (evening session).

Course cost

Tuition Fee: $360

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