Pattern Cutting & Garment Construction - Skill Builder
An exciting opportunity to learn or re-familiarise yourself with a series of pattern cutting and sewing techniques that could be relevant to present or inspire future sewing projects. The pattern cutting adaptations can be created from ‘existing’ commercial patterns or patterns you have drafted yourself. Sessions will include a video detailing the instructions on the specified technique, followed by a comprehensive step by step power point presentation for you to work along with at home with tutor support every step of the way.
Each week you will also be encouraged to ask questions and seek advice on your own projects from the tutor and peers.
• Week 1 – An introduction to sewing with stretch fabrics
• Week 2 & 3 – Collars and attaching to necklines (shirt collars & jacket collars)
• Week 4 & 5 – Cuffs and Cuff plackets
• Week 6 – Buttonstands (including concealed buttonstand)
• Week 7 – Sewing in Sleeves (including raglan & shirt)
• Week 8 & 9 – Gaining confidence in lining garments & lining a garment with sleeves
• Week 10 – An Introduction to tailoring techniques
Example of the Structure of session: (the order may change on a weekly basis depending on topic)
1pm - Introduction and General Chat
1.10pm – Learners are asked to mute microphones & turn cameras off (if they wish) and follow the link posted in ‘chat’ to watch the ‘demo of the week’
1.25pm approx. – Learners return to Zoom for a discussion about the video where questions/queries are answered – learners will have microphones muted, and questions asked via the ‘hand up’ system. We will also be using the ‘chat’ function in Zoom.
1.30pm – Interactive learner ‘copy and repeat’ of the demo, with aid of power point presentation step by step guide and tutor guidance throughout. Learners will be expected to complete any tasks in their own time, ready for the next session.
2.15pm – 5 minute break
2.20pm – Continue with step by step
2.55pm – Evaluate session
Prosp User 3
This is not a beginner’s class; some sewing/pattern cutting experience will be necessary.

Each week will also include a short demo on ‘Altering patterns to suit individual shapes’ the topic each week will be decided by learners.
Please note that demonstrations are recorded in tutors’ own homes. All videos and power points will be available to the learners following the session and available to use as a resource in their future projects.

*Please note, a fully working sewing machine is required to complete this course – no time will be available from the tutor to fix sewing machine problems.*
Prosp User 4
You will need to provide your own fabrics and pattern paper to complete the tasks – detailed information of the requirements and pattern pieces will be sent once we know the class has enough learners enrolled to make it viable.
Prosp User 5
No session on 3rd May or 31st May 2021.

The course will be fully supported by "Padlet" (best described as an online noticeboard) where weekly demonstrations and other useful material will be uploaded by the tutor. This platform can also be used to keep in touch with likeminded learners to share ideas between sessions and keep a record of your progress.

This is an online course that will be delivered via Zoom, so please ensure that you can access this on the device you are using.

You will receive your Zoom login details in an email that is sent out 24 hours before the course is due to start. (Please note, if you enrol less than 24 hours before a course starts, you will receive your zoom code as soon as you enrol.) Please keep your Zoom code safe as you will need the same code for further classes if this is part of a course.

You will need to join Zoom five minutes before your session is due to start and remain in the “waiting room”. Your tutor will then admit you to the class once your session is ready to begin.

If you require help to download or use Zoom, please email at least a week before your course starts and we will endeavour to provide assistance.

Please ensure that you read and understand the H&S guidelines on any new creative product you intend to use during the course, before the first class.

Click here to view a list of required materials for this course.
Prosp User 6
13:00 - 15:00
2.00 hrs per wk
10 weeks
Kate Unsworth
£75 full fee - £70 in receipt of State Pension or £35 in receipt of certain means-tested benefits