Clothesmaking - Beginners | St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone

Clothesmaking - Beginners at St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone

Clothesmaking - Beginners at St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone

Price: £135.00 Starts: 19/04/2017 Time: 18:45 - 21:15
Tutor: Paula George Ends: 05/07/2017 Location: St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone
Level: Mixed Level Day of Week: WED Duration: 10 weeks

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About this course

Have you been inspired to make your own clothes but don't know where to start? This course will familiarise you with using a sewing machine and introduce you to commonly used techniques for sewing and altering clothes.
If you are new to sewing you will start by making a bag and progress to a simple garment. For those with some experience and those continuing from Clothesmaking Beginners Term 1 or 2 you will make a dress and a garment of your choice as time permits.

This 10 week course focuses on:
• understanding fabric types
• using a sewing machine to perform basic stitches
• understanding a shop bought pattern
• using a pattern to make a garment that fits
• practising a variety of styling and finishing techniques

How will I be taught?

Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, one to one guidance, group discussions and critiques. You will look at the work of contemporary and historical artists and craftspeople and you will keep a sketchbook/notebook and individual learning plan (ILP) to record goals, ideas, processes and progress. You will undertake critical evaluation and be motivated to develop creative skills and enhance personal skills.

The tutor will give you 1:1 feedback on your individual project.

What do I need to bring with me?

A folder or document wallet is useful to keep handouts. You may want to bring some paper to take notes during demonstrations. For the first class please bring a piece of fabric to make a make a peg bag – size: 80cm x 50cm. This could be cut from an old sheet or cotton garment. You do not need to bring any special equipment to the first class. For subsequent classes you will be asked to bring a basic sewing kit. You will need to provide your own fabric and thread to make the garment, however, we advise you to complete the first week before purchasing any patterns or fabric.

Sewing Machines: Sewing machines are provided. If you wish to use your own sewing machine in the class, please bring a copy of the manual and ensure it has been recently serviced. The college will also ask you to arrange for them to PAT test your machine.

What can I do next?

More advanced clothesmaking courses.

What do I need to join the course

Everyone is welcome to join this course. No previous experience is needed.
This class is ideal for absolute beginners or those who need some extra confidence to restart using the sewing machine, as well as those who have completed term 1 and or term 2 of the Beginners course.

About the Tutor: Paula George

Paula George has a BA(Hons) degree in Fashion Design and worked for 15 years as a buyer, designer and consultant to major high street retailers before moving to Maidstone in 2000. Since then she has set up and sold a cake business and has run a variety of sewing and craft workshops. She is passionate about hand work skills and is an enthusiastic tutor who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience.

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Getting there

St Faiths Adult Education Centre
St Faiths Street
ME14 1LH

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 2222 and quote the Course Code MAI/39262/E/LC.
Course Code: MAI/39262/E/LC

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