A person is cutting fabric, with drawn outlines on it. There is measuring tape, thread and a sewing machine to the sides.

About Sew a Summer Skirt

Update your wardrobe with a handmade skirt, perfect for the summer! Learn how to use a commercial summer skirt pattern and adjust it to your perfect fit in a fabric of your choice on this one-day workshop.

What will you learn on this course?

During the course participants will

  • Learn how to sew and adjust a top from a commercial pattern
  • Understand the fittings techniques used in sewing your own clothes.
  • Continue to develop knowledge, precision and accuracy in sewing.

The tutor will give a small introduction about the class content and will give a step by step demonstration. After each step is demonstrated, the attendees are encouraged to sew that individual step alone. However, those who require additional support will be assisted by the tutor as and when questions or problem arise. Support will then be given as and when the attendee needs it.

At the end of the course, you will have developed skills to make your own summer skirt from a pattern.

Who is this course for?

This one-day course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. We suggest that participants have some previous sewing skills.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can undertake practical sewing activities including operating a sewing machine and using an iron. Participants will need to be able to control a sewing machine, use pins, scissors and an iron. Dexterity in hands essential. The course requires sitting at a machine or leaning over a table to cut fabric.

A full health and safety briefing and hand-outs will be given at the beginning of the workshop. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Do you need to bring anything?

A selection of essential sewing equipment will be provided.

Please bring in one of the patterns detailed below and fabric of your choice.

We encourage you to bring your own sewing kit consisting of hand sewing needles, thread, tape measure, stitch ripper, pins, scissors (large and small), pens, pencils, ruler, tailors chalk.

If you own a sewing machine and prefer to use it you can have it PAT tested for a cost of £5 and bring it in to use during class. Please let us know in advance of the class so we can book with the technicians. You will need to pay at the Sales and Information desk prior to your course and testing will take place at the start of the first class.

Are there any additional costs?

Participants will need to provide:

Pick 1 of the following skirt patterns:

Fabric (*see the back of the pattern envelope for amounts).

Fusible interlining (Vilene).

Fastenings - concealed or open plastic zip, hook and eyes or buttons, etc.

Who teaches this course?

Sian Riley

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