Dressmaking by Alexa

It’s time to get creative and start making your own garments. Learn all about sewing and patterns in these classes' covering all the basics for beginners and special industry tips and tricks for those with more experience. You will learn all the ways to use and care for your sewing machine along with the basics of reading and altering commercial patterns for your own body shape.

In this course you will learn to use your machine and refine your sewing skills. Throughout the weeks you will learn how to get from start to finish of garment construction including zippers, buttons and even interfacing.

Our experienced tutor will help you with the creation of your designs through out the whole process and support you by providing all the little tricks you need to make your projects really come to life. Garment construction, pattern reading, fitting, and machine use are all featured in this course.

Course Outline:

Week 1 Introduction – requirements, setting up machines, looking over patterns and making material lists. The importance of toiles.
Week 2 Construction of skirt– Reading the pattern, laying the fabrics, different grains and fabrics naps, how to cut.
Week 3 Sewing skills – teaching beginners how to sew and handle their machines. Advanced + beginners: getting the skirt sewn.
Week 4 Fitting and sewing- modifying to fit your body.
Week 5 Demonstrations of zippers, waist bands, etc – Plus practise exercises.
Week 6 Demonstration and construction – blouses, collars and cuffs.
Week 7 Sleeve placement and buttonholes.
Week 8 Finishing above.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Pattern reading and alteration: Recording your own measurements and altering a commercial pattern to fit your body.
  • Fabric preparation and cutting of straight and bias grains, different fabrics naps.
  • How to choose suitable fabrics.
  • How to thread the sewing machine. Practicing straight seams, darts and different seam finishes.
  • Lap zippers and invisible zippers application.
  • Interfacing and hem finishing.
  • Buttons and hooks.
  • Facings, pockets and waistband application.

What to bring:

  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing pins
  • Tape measure
  • Paper and pens
  • Pattern (to be advised what type)
  • Fabric scissors, paper scissors and thread snips
  • Tailors chalk

About the Tutor:

'I love all things to do with sewing and fashion and have been working in industry making couture wedding gowns and evening wear for over five years now. I am passionate about designing, pattern making and technical sewing, and over the years have picked up many tricks I can’t wait to pass on. After completing my Fashion Advanced Diploma and travelling overseas on fashion factory trips, I specialised into bridal couture, corsetry and lingerie. I have a keen eye for detail and a panache for working with fine and difficult materials and laces. I have lots of technical skill and I can’t wait to pass on my knowledge.'

$211 Limited inc GST
Dressmaking by Alexa

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