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Clothes making Sunday - Jumpsuit/ Dress
Summer is fast approaching and this is the time we take our dresses out of hibernation, this year the decision will be Maxi dress or Romper?
Aims of the course
Spring / Summer is near approaching and this is the time we take our maxi dresses out of hibernation. However, this year the decision should be Maxi dress or Romper? This course will help you learn the different techniques in assembling garments and will give you the courage to extend your skill learning to adapt your patterns to fit or personal taste. Not only will you be walking out in style but with the satisfaction of knowing that you chose your own fabric and sewn every stitch in your outfit. It does not stop there though as you can complete your outfit with a Kimono Jacket from our next Clothes Making Sundays course. We will be using McCall’s pattern M8069 for this course. Please see page 2 for Materials and equipment.
What you will learn on this course
- How to choose your size - How to adapt your pattern to fit - How to adapt your pattern from romper into a dress - How to add inseam pockets to your garment. - How make a band or Obi Belt
Suitability and entry requirements
You will need to have: - A reasonable level of spoken English to follow the class - A domestic sewing machine - An overlocker (not mandatory) - A camera device whether it be a laptop, tablet or Smartphone which will allow you to use Google Meets to participate in the online sessions. - Access to YouTube for tutorial videos If in doubt, discuss your needs with Ealing Adult Learning.
How you will learn on the course
- Whole group teaching through demonstrations - Individual practice through tutorial videos - 1:1 help and guidance through email or video call
This is a non-accredited course. A certificate of attendance is available at the end of term if you have attended 100% of the course. Assessment will be largely based on tutor observation, emailed pictures of completed tasks and self-reflection. Your Individual Learning Plan will also assist with monitoring your progress.
How much additional time do you need?
There will be no formal homework, but you may choose to practise what you have learnt in class at home. Your tutor will give you tips on how to safely practise using your sewing machine outside the classroom environment.
Resources, materials & additional costs?
You will need: - McCall’s pattern M8069 (2 size ranges to choose from XS to M or L to Xl) Places to buy your pattern online: - https://jaycotts.co.uk/products/sewing-pattern-m8069?_pos=1&_sid=f6519b8e8&_ss=r&variant=31973852741725 , - https://www.sewdirect.com/product/m8069/ This pattern is also available on Amazon and other haberdashery stores. Some stores such as john lewis may not store patterns on shelves, but they will have look book provided for you to choose your pattern from. - A sewing machine - Overlocker (not mandatory) - Iron and board - 2 metre 60 in width or 3 metre for 45-inch width if you are choosing the short style - 3 to 4 metre 60 inch or 5 metre for 45-inch width if you are choosing a long style and size. *Fabric choices can be of non-stretch woven fabric of light to medium weight. E.g., Cotton, cotton Blends, Linen, Linen Blends, lightweight denim, Crepe, Viscose, Light weight drill, Double gauze, Gingham, Seersucker, Borderie Anglaise or Printed cotton. Plain, stripes or repeat pattern Another option is to use an old flat sheet or duvet cover. If your fabric is 45” width, please purchase 3 metre as it is a narrow width. - ¼ (25cm) Metre iron on interfacing - 1 sewing thread to match (preferably Coats Moon) - 1 bobbin or bobbin and case depending on your machine bobbing loading system - Small scissors or snips - Fabric Scissors - Chalk, pencil, or fixion pen - Unpicker/ seam ripper - Ruler or pattern master - Dressmakers pins - Measuring tape - Note pad and pen - Pattern Paper (wrapping or packaging paper can be used as an alternative) - Masking Tape
Where to buy supplies
Haberdashery and/fabric stockists: - https://www.johnlewis.com/sport-leisure/haberdashery/c9200110070 - https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/sewing/haberdashery - https://www.bobbinsnbuttons.co.uk/ - https://www.dalstonmillfabrics.co.uk/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAhP2BBhDdARIsAJEzXlGABQ3VR7RtSgRlbyy-8QcO0tJQT6aifRXTz5oK-p2z3PNygV3tKm8aAj_YEALw_wcB - https://www.cheapfabrics.co.uk/ - https://www.fabricsgalore.co.uk/ - https://www.poundametre.com/ - https://www.minerva.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAhP2BBhDdARIsAJEzXlEkkEAefmrKn28IlIbeu15ixW2m6akyPp_HPUGJ8CVInvUJS_m4lwIaAgDcEALw_wcB - https://www.williamgee.co.uk/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAhP2BBhDdARIsAJEzXlFB7iIC89vqPTTcw4thcxX5S3VYv17ifpa_dUhVd0rCi5-wfJ2mHOQaAsurEALw_wcB - https://jaycotts.co.uk/ - www.ebay.co.uk - www.amazon.co.uk
- Clothes Making Sundays - Kimono Style Jacket - Explore our course guide: www.ealing.gov.uk/adultlearning - Visit your local library to pick up a course guide.
SASHA CABEY is a fully trained and qualified Tailor who has taught the art of tailoring since 2012. She has worked in Newham College and London College of contemporary Art and is currently working at Buckinghamshire New University. She has worked on Savile Row, created unique looks for fashion and runway productions, setup and run her own training facility as well as created garments for numerous fashion shows throughout the UK and Caribbean. She has taught a range of subjects over the years including but not limited to Bespoke Tailoring, Pattern Cutting and Garment Construction. She is passionate about her role and finds great joy in passing on her skill set to anyone who is willing to learn. Her true passion is sewing and can be found sewing anything from upholstery, clothing, lingerie, and accessories. She enjoys the challenge of testing commercial patterns and trying new sewing techniques and gadgets.
Time and duration
Start Date: 05 March 2023
Start Time: 13:00
Day: Sunday Afternoon
First Lesson Duration: 02:00
Total Weeks: 5
Zoom or Google Classroom