Course Summary

Practice your newly acquired machine sewing skills to make a shirt, skirt, dress or pair of pants. Looking to learn new garment construction techniques, practice doing buttonholes or putting a zip in, then this is the class for you! Choose your own fabric, pattern and trimmings to create an original garment. Challenge yourself or keep it simple, but keep on sewing!

Please visit CAE Customer Service Centre or phone 9652 0611 to enquire about enrolling in this course

Session One
Theory:
Review of commercial pattern and garment construction terms
Review of types of seams used in garment construction
Interfacing and the ways we incorporate it into garments

Demonstration:
Tutor to review how to use Bernina Sewing Machine.

Student practice:
Check personal measurements – complete measurement chart * handout
Cut out commercial pattern
Lay pattern correctly onto fabric
Cut out garment including all markings
Begin garment construction

Session Two
Theory:
Gathering stitch: how and where to use it, plus types of darts, tucks and pleats Demonstration:
How to do a gathering stitch and a stay stitch on the sewing machine.
Marking up darts and pleats. Show examples of gathering: head and cuff of sleeves for shirts, ruffles on shirt or skirt, waistband, yokes

Student practice:
Students continue garment construction

Session Three
Theory:
Discuss bagging out collars and cuffs, and why we understitch collars, collar stands, pockets and facings. Types of collars, cuffs and sleeves

Demonstration:
Demonstrate understitching.
Demonstrate Buttonholes.
Students to do sample if they have no prior experience.

Student practice:
Students continue garment construction

Session Four
Theory:
Seam finishes for garments being made in class

Demonstration:
How to use the overlocker for easy seam finishing

Student practice:
Students continue with garment to completion or near completion depending on skill level

Students will have completed a garment that includes three of the following components: belt loops, button and buttonholes, collars, cuffs, darts, facings, gathering, hems, plackets, pleats, pockets, ruffles, sleeves – set in or other styles, tucks, yokes, waistbands and zips.

As well as the finished item, students will:
Gain increased confidence in use of sewing machine
Gain further experience and deeper understanding of using commercial patterns
Develop new sewing skills and knowledge of garment construction:

MUST have attended ‘Machine Sewing Beginners’ or have equivalent experience using a sewing machine with basic sewing skills. Must have used a commercial pattern to construct at least one garment.

Students should bring the following items to the first session:
Notebook and pen
Fabric dressmaking scissors
Paper scissors for cutting out pattern
Packet of glass head dressmaker’s pins
Packet of Schmetz Machine needles to suit garment
Packet of hand sewing needles
Packet of 2 Bernina metal bobbins
Commercial Pattern: shirt, skirt, dress or trousers.
Difficulty: Easy to Intermediate
Must include three of the following components: belt loops, button and buttonholes, collars, cuffs, darts, facings, gathering, hems, plackets, pleats, pockets, ruffles, sleeves – set in or other styles, tucks, yokes, waistbands and zips.
Fabrics: Any except stretch, MUST be pre washed
95% cotton with 5% spandex is OK
Notions for garment: including bias, buttons, elastic, interfacing, tape, thread, zips

Students who have completed CAE Machine Sewing Beginners
Students who have completed other fashion short courses at CAE/BHI
Novice sewers, but must have some experience using a sewing machine