Basic Sewing and Pattern Techniques - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This is a course for beginners and those with some experience wanting to start their first projects on their sewing machines or become more ambitious with their use of the sewing machine.

The course is ideal for beginners and those with an interest in making their own clothes or accessories. You will have use of the College’s sewing machines and sewing facilities and be working alongside others in a relaxed environment.

Learners will familiaarise themselves with the College sewing machines and practise a range of basic sewing techniques before starting out on making garments. You will be taught how to measure yourself to ensure garments made fit you perfectly. There will be choice about what you make and advice on suitability will be given.

Sessions for the first six weeks will cover a variety of seams and hem techniques, including using an overlocker and hand sewing hems, zips and button holes, before moving to use of patterns on weeks five and six. From week 7 onwards you will start a personal project.

The course cost includes the calico you will need in order to practise skills before embarking on your own projects. For individual projects learners will need to provide their own patterns, fabric and finishings. You will also need to bring a sharp pair of fabric scissors and pins each week.

Assessment Methods

There will be full instruction on how to complete each task and support given to help you quickly progress.

Progression Options

There are a planned series of termly short courses that will develop skills and techniques and tackle garment construction at a pace suitable to the group and reflective of their interests.

Course Summary

Course Title Basic Sewing and Pattern Techniques
Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience of using
a sewing machine and have an eagerness to make better use of the sewing machine
they want or have at home!

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Studying Fashion Business and Retail at Bridgwater and Taunton College was the best choice I could have made. The staff team are probably the most helpful and fun to learn with teachers I’ve ever had and have really shared their love for the subject and industry with me. Next year I am going onto the Art and Design Foundation Diploma to help build my portfolio whilst I continue to work on developing my own clothing brand.

Max Pattendon, Fashion Business and Retail Diploma Level 3

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