Dressmaking you calm - Mixed ability - Fleet Library - Thursday 25th April, 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd May 2024


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Dressmaking you calm - Mixed ability

Fleet Library

Thursday 25th April, 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd May 2024

12.30pm to 3.00pm

Working at your own pace, this is an opportunity to learn how to use a pattern to produce a garment/toile of your choosing. Learners will work with different levels and techniques of sewing according to their ability.

You will learn the sewing jargon and techniques required for your individual project whilst being in a friendly, classroom setting, with likeminded people.

  • Lay out a pattern correctly, pin the pattern to the fabric (Layplan/costing) and cut out
  • Create a toile/garment
  • Adjust the pattern to fit
  • Use a sewing machine to sew the garment
  • Learn sewing techniques according to chosen pattern e.g. zip fastening
  • List how focusing on a task and having a sense of achievement lowers stress and improves self-esteem

About the Course: The process of being creative can bring numerous health benefits and general feelings of wellbeing. Research shows that taking up Sewing can help, amongst other things depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, insomnia and raising levels of happiness.

Who is this course for: This course is aimed at mixed ability Dressmaking although it is expected you can use the basic functions of a sewing machine. You will learn how to read patterns, make, and fit a toile and all about the different techniques required for your chosen garment construction. This course is practical and requires a degree of manual dexterity

Previous Knowledge or Experience: Anyone with an interest in sewing, complete beginners and more experienced sewers are all welcome!

How will I learn: Discussion, demonstration and independent sewing in a mixed ability class. The Tutor provides teaching tailored to your individual project and this will enable you to produce a sewn item, this may be a toile or a finished garment depending on your ability. Please note, you may need to use your personal time to complete the item you are making because of the time constraints. During the length of the course, you will have contact with the Tutor via a Facebook group or email for any questions/concerns.

How will I be assessed: Q&A, sewn samples, toile and/or garment sewn.

What shall I bring: Sewing machine in working order with relevant presser feet, bobbins and manual; Sewing pattern of your choice suitable for your experience- required for first lesson; Polyester thread for your project; spare needles for sewing machine plus hand sewing needles; Pins; Fabric scissors; Paper scissors; Tape measure; Sellotape; Pens/pencils; Ruler; Paper/notepad; Tailors chalk; Old sheet or cheap fabric for toile; Fabric required to make your garment (this can be discussed during first lesson).

Next Steps: Dressmaking with Lareen

Attendance is expected at each session to ensure that you get the most out of your learning experience and to minimise disruption for other learners. Please advise the venue/tutor of any absence you may have.

You will be contacted by a member of the learning in Libraries team prior to the course. We are unable to process your booking without a phone number.

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