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Asian Clothes Making - Beginners

Course aims

This course will enable you to develop basic levels of skill, or to build on existing levels of skill in using sewing techniques and equipment as well as Asian fabrics and designs to produce your own Asian inspired garments.

During the course you will look at key skills for employment within the field.

Include elements of research and development into your working projects.

Consider how to develop and transfer your subject knowledge for community/ citizenship use.

Will I gain a qualification?

No - this is a non-accredited course.

Course length

This course is for 10 weeks consisting of 25 guided learning hours. Please check the BAES web site www.learnbaes.ac.uk learning directory or visit or telephone our adult learning centres for details.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone, including beginners, with an interest in sewing and making Asian clothes in particular.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

You won’t need experience of sewing for this course. However, because the course involves taking notes and measurements you will need to have basic levels of English and maths. You will have a short initial assessment at the start of the course to ensure that it is suitable for you.

What will I learn?

  • To use sewing machines, tools and equipment safely and correctly.
  • To take and record body measurements for your chosen project.
  • To produce samples of techniques.
  • To produce a wearable item of clothing.
  • An awareness of employment opportunities in the textiles industry.

What could this course lead to?

It could lead to short courses in other sewing techniques at Beginners and Intermediate Level, or to a qualification course in Textiles at Level 1.

How will I learn?

  • Tutor demonstration and instruction
  • Exploring equipment, tools and techniques
  • Producing stitched samples
  • By producing a small portfolio containing samples, information on techniques you have learned, and photographs of garments that you have made.

Your responsibilities as a learner on this course

To ensure that you gain maximum benefit from your course you will need to attend all sessions, be punctual, and bring the correct materials to each session.

Important information

Access to sewing machines and irons is available at all the centres.

Pattern drafting paper and fabrics for producing samples are available from the centre at an average cost of £2.40 for the length of the course. You may bring your own patterns and fabrics if preferred. It will cost an average of £15 for all your materials throughout the course. For the first week, you will need to bring a folder, pen and a tape measure. Access to a sewing machine at home is beneficial for practising techniques.

Further information will be provided by the tutor at enrolment.

You will need to provide:

  • Your own fabric for your chosen project
  • Scissors for fabric and paper, tape measure, pins, needles and sewing threads
  • A folder to store stitched samples and written records
  • For the first week, you will need to bring a folder, pen and a tape measure
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