Sew Stretch Fabrics: Bras and Underwear
- Course Codes
- Start Date
- 10 Apr 2013
- End Date
- 26 Jun 2013
- 18:00 - 21:00
- Senior Fees
- Carol Harrison
- Late starts available
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On this practical course, you will learn about the purpose and properties of underwear fabrics and trims and how to handle these challenging fabrics. You will adapt patterns and master multi-thread machinery as you make a stretch bras, cami-vests and knickers to your chosen design and size. You will learn how to attach elastic edgings, stretch trims and bra straps and how to achieve a professional finish.
You must have experience of using patterns, making garments and be able to use a two-thread sewing machine successfully. This course is not suitable for beginners.
What will I learn on the course?
- Assess the stretch gauge of a fabric
- Adapt patterns to your own design and size
- Lay out and cut pattern pieces from stretch fabric
- Identify the different properties and uses of a range of fabrics and trims used in stretch underwear
- Basic sewing techniques and finishes used to construct stretch underwear
What will I be doing in class?
We will discuss the elements that impact on design such as comfort, flattery and fit, and examine examples and samples of stretch underwear, noting the types of materials, seams and edgings used. The tutor will use demonstration and use handouts to support these. Emphasis will be on practical application. We will share knowledge and experience through discussion and show and tell. Teaching will be both as a group and on a one to one basis using lectures, demonstrations and handouts.
What kind of feedback will I get?
You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. If you are not pursuing a qualification, you and your tutor will be asked to assess the progress you have made at the end of the course.
Are there any entry requirements?
You must have experience of working with patterns, making garments and be competent on a sewing machine. Experience of a multi-thread machine is an advantage though not essential. Students must have English speaking / reading and basic numeracy is an advantage though not essential. The course is not suitable for beginners.
Does the course have features I should be aware of (workload, level of fitness, stamina etc)?
Working on patterns and cutting fabric can involve standing at high tables. Please let your tutor know if this is a problem for you.
Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.
The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building and there is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.
Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios - this means no liquids at all are allowed.
What do I need to bring with me to class?
Ideas for your project will be discussed with your tutor at the first lesson although it would be useful to bring:
A basic sewing kit: sharp fabric scissors, trimming scissors, tape measure, dressmaker’s pins, dressmaker’s carbon paper
Pens, pencils, notebook, A4 ring binder
You must provide your own patterns, fabrics, haberdashery, threads, etc. for use on your projects but the purchase of these will be discussed during the first lesson
Paper and card are available for use in the classroom
You will need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from your tutor for 90p, refundable at the end of the course
What next, after the course ends?
You can consider our other courses which use challenging fabrics including our specialised weekend courses. Please consult the course guide for further details.
Where will my course take place?