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Clothesmaking skills workshop - professional techniques sampler

This fantastic new 5 week course is aimed at confident sewers, who are looking to build in-depth knowledge of specific techniques. These can be used to give detail and variety to a simple existing skirt, trouser or dress pattern- and will take your skills to a new professional level! You will spend two sessions exploring all types of zips: invisible, centred/lapped, open ended & decorative visible. A further two sessions will develop your knowledge of pocket construction: double & single welts, side pockets, and lined & unlined patch pockets. The remaining session will focus on the use and different types of bindings. Please note that you will not be making a garment on this class- but you will produce a portfolio of reference samples that will be an excellent resource for all your future projects.

Clothesmaking skills workshop - professional techniques sampler (TFD306SGP)


from 12 noon to 2. 30pm

For 5 weeks.


21 April 2020


19 May 2020


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


£93 (full)

£93 (reduced)

£93 (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 is not suitable for complete beginners, it is aimed at developing the skills and knowledge of learners who can already sew confidently. 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 identify & sample a range of different garment enhancing techniques. To further develop your sewing skills to achieve a professional finish To understand how to use specialist tools and equipment correctly and safely. To complete your own reference portfolio of working samples.

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?
All sampling materials will be provided, and are included in the course fee. You will need to bring your basic sewing kit to include dressmaking pins, needles, tape measure, fabric cutting out scissors, and 1-2 reels of good quality polyester sewing thread.

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 for storing your samples and notes. A phone/camera would also be useful to record ideas & technique demonstrations, should you wish to do this.

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 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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