Calling all aspiring sustainable fashion designers! In this 5-day course you will learn all about fashion design, how to sew and make your own unique garments from existing material, old clothes, combine them new cool embellishments to make designer fashion pieces that respect the planet.
What will you learn on this course?
In this 5-day course young people will be introduced to the world of fashion design and garment customisation, working with the philosophy of sustainable practice, re-use, re-make and respect the environment.
The course is inspired by important designers and organisations who are making changes to their design process, such as Stella McCartney and Fashion Revolution.
During the week, young people will learn how to sew, and how to use a sewing machine.
They will learn how to take a piece of existing material or old clothing and customise that to create unique designer fashion pieces to wear, bringing new life, and individual style to their clothes.
The course is delivered through demonstrations and one to one guidance, the tutor will go through each step of the design process.
At the end of the course students will have a series of customised designer items that they can take home.
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
Do you need to bring anything?
Students will have the opportunity to make 2-3 garments during the course.
We recommend bringing a selection of old garments including shirts, t-shirts, jeans and formal blazers you would like to re-make and customise and any embellishments you might like to try.
Depending on your garments, you can learn to sew a new piece to go with your old one.
A selection of essential sewing equipment and materials will be provided, along with lots of interesting scrap fabrics that you may wish to work with.
You may also wish to bring a folder to store your samples.
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?
Who teaches this course?
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