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 suitable stitches to use 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.
We will be following the Toaster sweater pattern by Sew House Seven which has two design options:
A high neck raglan sleeve cropped sweater with wide waistband and wide cuffs.
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 2.5cm lower than the front hem).
Both versions are cropped, but the pattern can be lengthened.
Both versions are easy to sew, although version 1 is better for a beginner dressmaker.
For this sewing course, you will need to bring your own fabric – see details below.
Suitable for those who have used a sewing machine before and can confidently thread up and change basic settings.
The cost includes the pattern to take home.
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COURSE TUTOR: Laura O’Sullivan
DURATION: 1 Day
Autumn: 9 November 2019
WHERE: Brighton Junction
COURSE FEE: £60 Full Fee / £40 Concessions / £15 Better Living Through Learning
Please see further information on fees and concessions online or in our brochure.
Please note that concessions cannot be booked online.
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.
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)
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 notes
Friends Centre will provide the pattern and we have a fully equipped sewing room with sewing machines and any other equipment that you might need.
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.
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 exact amount required depends on your measurements.
Look on the Sew House Seven website for more details on measurements and fabric requirements.
If you choose a fabric with stripes, checks 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.
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
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.
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
Saturday 9 November 2019
10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Full price: £60
Concession rate (if available): £40
Please note that concessions are not available online.
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