From learning to read and understand commercial patterns (including fit adjustments to match your body shape), to mastering cutting and sewing techniques, this course will give you the skills to create contemporary fashion garments at home.
It is recommended that you have a basic knowledge of how to use a domestic sewing machine and basic hand stitching, however all skill levels are welcome.
The following equipment will be provided by TAFE SA:
- Any pattern making paper needed for alterations;
- Fabric for testing out pattern (calico or similar);
- Domestic sewing machines;
- Domestic overlockers.
Students are required to bring the following equipment to the first session. You may experience delays in starting your garment if the following is not brought to the first session:
- Basic sewing/pattern kit (pins, fine hand sewing needles, quick unpick or small sharp scissors, fabric scissors, tape measure, 30cm ruler, paper scissors, HB or mechanical pencil, eraser and sticky tape);
- Notebook and pen;
- Commercial pattern (if this is your first experience sewing a garment we recommend that you select a pattern for a basic, simple skirt);
- Fabric (sufficient length for the chosen garment);
- Quality threads for sewing and overlocking (minimum 4 reels, matching fabric);
- Any trims, zips, buttons, press studs etc. required for the completion of the garment;
- Any other items identified by the lecturer.
For workshop safety you must adhere to the following policies:
- Dress code: shoes with a low heel and enclosed toes;
- Long hair must be tied back;
- Please refrain from wearing any long, loose or overly large jewellery;
- No food or drink is permitted in work areas except bottled water;
- No personal music devices are to be used in workshops or while operating machines.
8 weeks x 3 hours
Student Visa (500)
Current VISA holders eligible
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