Thursdays for 8 weeks starting 7th January
This 8-week Beginners sewing & dressmaking course teaches you to use a sewing machine and learn some foundation skills. Then you’ll learn how to understand the ‘language’ of commercial patterns so you can start making your own clothes.
The first 4 weeks of this course (borrowed from my Beginners Sewing Course) will teach you how to use a sewing machine, and lots of useful foundation skills.
You’ll also make an easy little project (a tote bag) to learn to measure, cut and handle fabric, in preparation for the main event.
Then comes the introduction to dressmaking section – over the next 4 weeks, you’ll make your choice of a simple skirt, or pyjamas using a commercial paper pattern.
(You will need to bring your own pattern and fabric for your projects – I’ll provide details when you book. You’ll need to book early to allow time to obtain these items.)
Level: Beginners (or as a refresher if you haven’t sewn for a while)
Duration: 16 hours (2 hours per week for 8 weeks)
Who is this aimed at?
Absolute Beginners. No previous sewing experience is required.
If perhaps you’ve had a long break from sewing, this class is suitable as a refresher.
What will I learn?
how to use a sewing machine
how to sew straight lines, curves and turn corners
basic seam types
how to take up hems
how to insert zips and make machined buttonholes
a mini-project to give you experience measuring and cutting fabric.
A simple A-line or pencil skirt is a good first dressmaking project once you’ve learned how to use a sewing machine. A skirt has a few challenges. It will teach you the following foundation dressmaking techniques:
how to measure yourself and find the right size of pattern
understanding pattern markings, laying out and cutting fabric
how to sew darts
how to neaten raw edges
how to sew a zip
using interfacing to stabilise the fabric
how to attach a waistband
how to take up a hem
Or you may want to try pyjama bottoms or a kimono-style gown.
Fabrics are provided for the first 3 weeks. After that you’ll need to bring your own fabric for your tote bag, and your fabric and other items required to make the skirt. I’ll provide a list of things you need once you’ve booked.
Sewing machines are provided or you can bring your own if you prefer. Please bring the instruction manual, bobbins, all the accessories (presser feet), and check that you have your power cable/foot control.
Artisan Stitch won a Certificate of Excellence is 2019 for best sewing classes in Edinburgh. Also a UK Enterprise award for Best Sewing classes 2020.
While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Beginners Sewing and Dressmaking Course are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment. All information (whether in text or photographs) is given in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact.
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