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Calling all aspiring fashion designers! In this 5 day course you will learn how to transform your designs into clothes, you will build a sewing folder with examples of different sewing techniques, and make an outfit or 3 separate garments that fit you.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for young people aged 12 to 17 years. It is open to all levels, complete beginners will be introduced to designing, sewing and making garments, and those who are looking to improve their skills will be guided by the tutor.

All our staff are DBS checked.

The course is accessible for young people with disabilities who can undertake practical sewing activities including operating a sewing machine and using an iron. A learning support worker is provided and parent or 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 before booking.

Age ranges are set carefully to take into account key age developments, materials being used and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to

What will you learn on this course?

  • How to sew/how to operate a sewing machine
  • How to make a pattern to fit you
  • Different fabrics and finishing techniques
  • How to construct garments/clothing
  • Finishing techniques
  • How to use a sewing machine an overlocker and an iron
  • How to take a 2D design drawing and make into a 3D outfit

The course is delivered through a mixture of demonstrations and instruction and an open workshop environment. Young people will gain confidence and work with others in a group setting, they will learn how to follow instruction to make a successful sewing project. Students will gain an understanding of fashion, making clothes and fitting garments.

Do you need to bring anything?

Students will have the opportunity to make 2-3 garments during the course.

You will need to bring 6-7 metres of cotton non stretch fabric (2-2.5 metres per garment). Please also bring any haberdashery you wish to use to decorate your garment.

A selection of essential sewing equipment and materials will be provided, along with scrap fabric to test out your sewing techniques.

You may also wish to bring a folder to store your samples.

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 contact us before attending the course so that we can arrange this to be done for you.

Are there any additional costs?

Items listed above that you do not already have must be provided at your own expense. These items can be purchased from fabric and haberdashery stores, Birmingham Rag market, John Lewis, EU Fabrics, Fancy Silks Store & Barry’s Fabric Digbeth.

Learners need to bring their own lunch to eat on a supervised one hour break.

Are there any additional costs?

See above

Who teaches this course?

Charlotte Stacey