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Sewing - Basic Pattern Drafting

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Canterbury Adult Education Centre, Canterbury
Level 1
09:30 - 12:00
6 weeks

This course is designed for beginners to learn how to prepare and cut your individual pattern. You will work on your project at your own pace. The tutor will show you all the processes needed to complete your pattern, and making your prototype in Toile Calico. You will develop your understanding and skills which include: choice of patterns, fabric, basic pattern alterations, basic fitting, advice on cutting your fabric, basic construction methods e.g. seam finishes, correct pressing for your fabric, sewing darts, invisible, lapped and fly front zips, waistbands and facings, and use of interfacings.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

- Select and use appropriate resources to measure and design your pattern.
- Cut a final pattern design.
- Produce a personal block.
- Produce a prototype of your pattern using Toile Calico.
- Use sewing techniques as required by your garment pattern.
- Use tools and equipment safely

There is no set ‘homework’, but to get the most out of the course, you are welcome to do further work at home.
There is no qualification for this course.

There is limited parking on site, but there is a public car park nearby and on-street parking.

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Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Diana Withers

Diana Withers has an Art School training in Fashion and Textiles. She has worked in the fashion industry for 15 years as a designer and pattern-cutter and continues to work as a consultant. Her teaching experience has been working at the Fashion Retail Academy and various Adult Education venues. Diana has also assessed apprentices at the Royal Opera House, The Globe Theatre & Savile Row. She is passionate and enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge on clothes making and soft furnishing skills.

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How will I be taught?

The tutor will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques.
There will be individual and group feedback and self-assessment against individualised learning outcomes stated on your ILP (individual learning plan).

What do I need to bring with me?

Your sewing machine; there are some sewing machines at the Centre, but it is best that you get used to using your own. You will need to supply your own materials: please bring along scissors, tape measure, pins, pattern, fabric, threads, interfacings, etc.

What can I do next?

The follow on course: Design and Make your own garment.

What do I need to join the course

For beginners and those with some sewing experience. It is important to note that craft courses are practical, requiring a degree of manual dexterity. If you need to bring a carer with you, or be accompanied by another person, please ask to speak to the Curriculum Leader before you enrol.

Getting to your course

Find us

Canterbury Adult Education Centre
Canterbury High School
Knight Avenue

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code CAN/119211/M/LC.