Now my accounting technician course is coming to and end, I have more free time (yay!). However I am a learning addict, I need to be studying something, academic, creative, practical whatever really as long as I’m using my brain in some way. So because I’m finishing off this qualification there now is a hole in the self improvement / studying / learning part of my life. I want to fill this whole, but my question is with what?
Sewing of course is the answer :o)
My local college is running evening classes from September in both dressmaking and pattern cutting. The courses run for 30 weeks (so a full academic year), and aren’t cheap so I can only do one.
Now my sewing productivity level is pretty low at the moment, and I am hoping that I will be able to improve this anyway thanks to my soon-to-be-completed sewing space and my lack of other studying commitments now. But I am still fairly inexperienced on anything beyond the basic sewing techniques, so I think a sewing course where I could make an item of clothing over a few weeks with my instructors help would be great. However, if the course doesn’t include help with fitting I’m not so keen. This is something I will need to find out as the blurb doesn’t say, but fitting is a major bug bear for me, and if I have to sort that bit myself at home (i.e. we just sew in class and nothing else) then I’m less keen.
PATTERN CUTTING"Each term we will look at how to create patterns for a different garment, beginning in the autumn term with skirts. Learn how to draft a basic pattern from your own measurements and how this can be adapted to different styles".
Next option is pattern cutting. It says you start with a skirt block in the first term. I am guessing you move on to a bodice block after that. Again details are sketchy, this is all the info on the website at the moment:
I think having a block pattern could be really handy, especially after seeing Rachel's post on how she uses hers to compare against commercial patterns, to work out adjustments needed. However I don’t really want to “self-draft” anything at the moment as I just don’t have those skills. But then again will this course teach me these skills? Is it really worthwhile having a block pattern of yourself? I just don’t know!!!
What do you guys think??