This sewing course in Brighton will teach you how to sew with stretch fabric and then test out your skills and make a sweater.

 

On this sewing course, we will cover how to make seams and hems on stretch fabric, choosing and using suitable stitches on a regular sewing machine. We will also discuss the best sewing machine needles to use, tips on how to cut stretch fabric and how to attach neckbands, cuffs and waistbands to your garment (version1).

 

We will be following the Toaster sweater pattern by Sew House Seven which has two design options:

Version 1

A high neck raglan sleeve cropped sweater with wide waistband and wide cuffs.

Version 2

A semi high neck sweater with a faced mini funnel neck. Fitted through the shoulders and sleeves and fuller through the body, featuring a hi-low hem with side vents (the back hem is 1” lower than the front hem).

Both versions are cropped, but the pattern can be lengthened.

 

For this sewing course, you will need to bring your own fabric – we can advise you on what to choose and where to buy if necessary – more info below.

 

Suitable for those who have used a sewing machine before and can confidently thread up and change basic settings. Both versions are easy to sew, although version 1 is better for a beginner dressmaker.

 

The cost includes the pattern to take home.

 

Scroll down for further course details or for more information on our other sewing and fashion courses in Brighton, head to our courses page via the main menu.

 

COURSE TUTOR: Laura O’Sullivan

DURATION: 1 Day

TIME:  10.30am-4.30pm

WHEN:

DAY: Saturday

Spring: 12 January 2019

WHERE: Brighton Junction

COURSE FEE: £60 / £40 / £15

 

Please see further information on fees and concessions online or in our brochure.

 

 

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This course aims to:

Teach how to sew with stretch fabric and then test out your skills and make a sweatshirt. We will cover how to make seams and hems on stretch fabric, choosing and using suitable stitches on a regular sewing machine. We will also discuss the best sewing machine needles to use, tips on how to cut stretch fabric and how to attach neckbands, cuffs and waistbands to your garment (Version1).

 

Please note – this is not an overlocker course.

 

Who this course is for?

Suitable for those who have used a sewing machine before and can confidently thread up and change basic settings. We won’t be using an overlocker on this course.

 

What will I be able to do by the end of this course?

  • Use a regular sewing machine to sew seams in knit fabric
  • Learn three ways to hem a garment made from knit fabric (twin needle, zig-zag, hand stitch)
  • Recognise different types of knitted fabrics and identify the right and wrong side of these
  • Choose and use the right needle type for sewing with stretch fabrics
  • Take basic body measurements and choose your pattern size
  • Identify grainline and selvedge of knitted fabric
  • Arrange pattern pieces on your fabric correctly for cutting, taking note of the direction of stretch
  • Accurately cut out knit fabric.
  • Attach a neck, waist or cuff band to a garment (if making version 1)Ideas for your Toaster Sweatshirt: 

 

What materials will I need for the course?

  • Fabric for garment – see notes and table below
  • Matching thread for your garment (we have some threads available to buy)
  • Basic sewing kit – paper and fabric scissors, pins, quick unpick tool (you can borrow these to use on the day if you would prefer)
  • Pen / pencil to take notesFriends Centre will provide the Sweater pattern and we have a fully equipped sewing room with sewing machines and any other equipment that you might need.Fabric required:  Measure your bust and use the below table to select your size – XS,S,M,L,XL, or XXLLook on the Sew House Seven website for more details on measurements and fabric requirements.

 

  • Fabric Requirements
  • Finished Garment Measurements
  • If you choose a fabric with stripes, plaids or a one-way print (e.g. flowers that grow up) then you will need slightly more fabric to allow for this.  If you wish to lengthen the sweater you may also need slightly more fabric.
  • https://sewhouse7.com/products/the-toaster-sweaters
  • The exact amount required depends on your measurements. See below for the range of sizes.
  • Knit fabric can shrink slightly when first washed so please machine or hand wash your fabric before the class and lay flat to dry to avoid stretching out of shape.
  • The best fabric for the sweater is medium weight fabric with stretch (elastane content of 3% or more) E.g. brushed back sweatshirt, French terry, interlock knit or ponte roma.
Fabric RequiredXSSMLXLXXL
Version 1

150cm wide fabric

1 ¾ yds

1.6m

1 ¾ yds

1.6m

1 ⅞ yds

1.7m

2 yds

1.8m

2 ⅛ yds

2m

2 ⅛ yds

2m

Version 2

150cm wide fabric

1 ⅝ yds

1.5m

1 ⅝ yds

1.5m

1 ⅝ yds

1.5m

1 ⅞ yds

1.7m

2 ⅜ yds

2.2m

2 ½ yds

2.3m

 

 

Roughly how much will they cost?

Fabric costs from £3 per metre and students will require 1.2 – 2.6m dependent on garment and size.

Simple sewing kit can be from £1 depending on shop/quality of items

 

Suppliers :

Ditto Fabrics Kensington Gardens Brighton

C&H Fabrics Western Rd, Brighton

Fabric Godmother – online store at www.fabricgodmother.co.uk

 

How will I know I am making progress?

Discussion with the tutor throughout the day and self-assessment.

 

Is there any extra study outside the class?

This day is designed to teach you how to sew with knits and make the sweatshirt pattern but you may need to finish the final stages of the garment at home.

 

Who is the course tutor?

Laura O’Sullivan came to Brighton many years ago to study 3D design degree. She has since become (amongst other things) a jeweller, project manager, photographer, teacher and parent.  She is a keen dressmaker who also runs Hove Sewing Group and is looking forward to introducing students to the delights of sewing with stretch fabric as it’s so comfortable to wear.

 

What next?

Further dressmaking courses – at Friends Centre

Dressmaking for Beginners and Improvers – Fridays 10am-12.30pm OR 1-3.30pm

Dressmaking for Beginners and Improvers – Thursdays 6.30-9pm

City & Guilds Certificate in Fashion & Dressmaking Level 1 or 2

 

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Date/Time
Saturday 12 January 2019
10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sessions: 1

Price
Full price: £60
Concession rate (if available): £40
Please note that concessions are not available online.
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Location
Brighton Junction

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