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Dressmaking materials and fabrics

Sewing - Clothesmaking

Day of week:
The Cube (KAE), Folkestone
Level 1
12:30 - 14:30
15 weeks

This course is currently full and online booking is not possible. Please call 03000 41 22 22* to register your interest. We will contact you directly if we can accommodate you.

Use fast, contemporary methods for fashionable and successful dressmaking and tailoring. You will work on your own project, at your own pace, and will be shown the necessary processes to successfully complete the project. This will include pattern and fabric choice, basic pattern alterations,fitting and advice on fabric cutting. You will be shown basic construction methods, eg.seam finishes, pressing, sewing darts, invisible, lapped and fly front zips, waitsbands and facings. Machine projects could include jacket fitting, setting sleeves, collar and revers contstruction, lining jackets and coats using the bagging out method, pocket construction, trouser fitting and the handling of special fabrics eg. velvet, leather, sheers and silks.

By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Select and use appropriate settings on a sewing machine.
- Sew and neaten a seam.
- Use sewing techniques as required by your garment pattern.
- Use tools and equipment safely

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Barbara Roots

Barbara Roots is a couture clothesmaker whose specialities are weddings and occasion wear. She has been making clothes for herself and customers for 20 years and teaching for more than 15 years. Her clothes are made to the highest standards. Barbara studied at Kent Institute of Art and Design and London College of Fashion.

View all courses taught by Barbara Roots here

How will I be taught?

Craft courses provide an opportunity for students to learn and develop skills, techniques and understand how to design for a chosen craft to a higher level. Students will also be expected to research and respond to the design aspects of craft. Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques. Students will be encouraged to look at the work of other craftspeople and artists, both contemporary and historical and keep a sketchbook/ notebook to record goals/ ideas, processes and progress. Our courses are taught by qualified and experienced tutors most of whom are practising craftspeople.

What do I need to bring with me?

Sewing machine, scissors, tape measure and pins. You will need to purchase patterns, fabrics, interfacing, threads, buttons and zips as the course progresses.

What can I do next?

Courses are designed to progress students to higher levels of the craft and also to support application to Access to Art and Degree Foundation courses or relevant Craft, Art and Design Degree courses.

What do I need to join the course

Everyone who wishes to learn or improve their dressmaking skills is welcome to join this course. No previous knowledge or experience is required.
It is important to note that craft courses are practical and require a degree of manual dexterity.

Getting to your course

Find us

The Cube (KAE)
Tontine Street
CT20 1SD

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code FOL/118236/M/LC.