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Clothesmaking & free-hand cutting workshop - circular skirt

This fascinating new class will teach you the basics of how to freehand cut & make a full circular style skirt, using your own body measurements and a construction formula. No pattern is needed & your skirt can be made to fit any size and to your preferred length! This garment can look equally fantastic in retro-style printed cottons for fullness, or have a softer outline by using a fabric with more drape. Over 5 weeks you will learn the key skills & processes in garment construction: taking your measurements accurately, cutting out, piecing together, fitting, stitching, pressing, and the correct and safe use of tools and equipment. Once minimum class numbers have been met, we will contact you to confirm the quantity and recommended fabric types that you will need to buy.

Clothesmaking & free-hand cutting workshop - circular skirt (TFD302SGP)


from 12 noon to 2. 30pm

For 5 weeks.


18 September 2019


16 October 2019


Grove Park Adult Education Centre
333 335 Baring Road
Se12 0dz


£87 (full)

£87 (reduced)

£87 (concession)

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To enrol call 020 8314 6959 Monday to Thursday 10am–4pm. More ways to enrol

Call: 020 8314 6959

What prior knowledge, experience and qualifications will I need?
This course would be ideal for confident beginners, through to learners with more experience. Learners with no sewing machine experience may wish to attend a short machine skills course prior to enrolling onto this. Maths using addition, subtraction and multiplication are required on this course in order to make calculations for a variety of projects. English reading skills are essential to be able to interpret patterns and follow technical instructions. Learners are, therefore, expected to have at least Entry Level standard in Maths and English. Before enrolling, please contact the curriculum leader if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the course for you.

Learning Goals:
To use your body measurements to calculate & cut out your garment. To sample & use a range of professional techniques To understand how to use specialist tools and equipment correctly and safely. To complete your skirt to a professional standard

What teaching methods will the tutor use?
The tutor will use a range of teaching methods during the course which will include the following: Demonstration - both group and individual, one to one tuition, group work, assessment of progress, observation, discussion / question and answer sessions.

What assessment methods will the tutor use?
The course tutor will use a range of methods to assess progress on the course. These may include: Observation, discussion and self-evaluation of your work, 1-2-1 and informal group question and answer sessions.

Will extra work be required outside the class times?
Extra work outside of the session is not essential but, if you have access to a sewing machine, will enable learners to practice techniques and potentially progress their projects at a faster pace.

What materials will I need for the course and how much will they cost?
You will need to bring a Basic Sewing Kit to include dressmaking pins, needles, tape measure, fabric cutting out scissors, and 1-2 small reels of good quality polyester sewing thread (if you . You will also need to purchase the fabric & trimmings of your choice- and these will vary in price according type of materials purchased. Once minimum class numbers have been met, we will confirm the recommended quantity and types of suitable fabrics- please do not purchase anything new until you have received this confirmation.

What do I need to bring to the first class?
Please bring along your sewing kit (as above), pen, pencil, notebook and an A4 folder or wallet would be useful for storing samples and notes. A phone/camera would also be useful to record ideas & technique demonstrations.

Options when finished
The department offers a wide variety of fashion and textile courses at different levels. Information about progression courses is available through the tutor, the Curriculum Leader or the online Adult Learning Lewisham programme. There are also a range of courses at a higher level offered across London and the South East by Colleges, Community and Adult Education providers and through local craftspeople. For more information about higher level courses currently available, please speak to your tutor or the Curriculum Leader.

Additional information
Please note that you will not need to purchase a pattern for this class, and that you are not able to bring in your own sewing machine. The course fee includes a small contribution towards basic course sampling materials & sundries, and maintenance of tools & equipment.

For general enquiries and course availability information call 0208 314 3300. For more detailed information and guidance about the course:

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