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Wendy Ward “Sewing Guru” (!)

Here I am; the expert and “sewing guru” on page 29 of the August issue of Sew magazine which is on sale now.

sewmag-patterncutting-aug13-webThe feature is all about pattern cutting – what blocks are used for and why it’s important to make toiles and includes instructions for drafting basic bodice and skirt blocks.

If you fancy having a go at designing your own patterns and drafting the perfectly fitting garment, there is just one space left on my City & Guilds Pattern Cutting Summer School (more details here) and I have a few pattern cutting one-day workshops coming up in the autumn (more details here).

New City & Guilds Pattern Cutting Course Dates!

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WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

Anyone who has used dressmaking patterns and is interested in designing their own clothes.  You will get the most out of the course if you can do the following:

• use a sewing machine
• read a dressmaking pattern
• basic arithmetic with or without a calculator.

THERE WILL ONLY BE A MAXIMUM OF 4 STUDENTS PER COURSE MEANING PLENTY OF 1-2-1 HELP FROM THE TUTOR.

WHAT IS COVERED ON THE COURSE:

Your final assessment will be based on a folio of your work, there is no written exam.  The course will cover the following:

•  drafting a basic skirt and trouser block
•  making a toile (sample garment) for the 2 blocks
•  making fit adjustments to toiles
•  looking at the historical, cultural and contemporary design of  skirts and trousers
•  producing your own design for a skirt or trousers
•  making a pattern for your own design
•  making a toile for your own design.
WHAT WILL I BE ABLE TO DO BY THE END OF THE COURSE?
•  understand the basics of pattern cutting and basic style adaptations
•  take accurate body measurements
•  adjust patterns to get a better fit
•  use research to produce your own designs
•  use templates to draw up your own design ideas
•  understand how to choose the best fabric for your designs
•  plan the making of a garment and understand the costs involved.
WILL THIS COURSE HELP ME GET A JOB IN FASHION?

If you’re interested in pursuing a career within the fashion industry or setting up your own business, a City & Guilds course is a nationally recognised qualification focussed on the practical skills needed in that industry.   This qualification is endorsed by Creative Skillset (the Sector Skills Council for creative industries)

Following a structured, nationally recognised course will demonstrate your interest and commitment to potential employers.

COURSE DATES:

35 hours of teaching with a choice of daytime or summer school:

7 Tuesdays 10am – 3.30pm: June 4th 11th 18th 25th / July 2nd 9th 16th

5 day Summer School 10am – 5.30pm: Mon 19th to Fri 23rd August

COST:

£300 course fee plus £35 C&G registration fee.

City & Guilds Pattern Cutting Courses at MIY Workshop

Now available for booking (scroll down for full details):

C&G Fashion 7160 (02) Level 2 Award

Pattern Cutting for Skirts & Trousers

c&g pattern cutting

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

Anyone who has used dressmaking patterns and is interested in designing their own clothes.  You will get the most out of the course if you can do the following:

  • use a sewing machine
  • read a dressmaking pattern
  •  basic arithmetic with or without a calculator.

THERE WILL ONLY BE A MAXIMUM OF 4 STUDENTS PER COURSE MEANING PLENTY OF 1-2-1 HELP FROM THE TUTOR.

WHAT IS COVERED ON THE COURSE:

Your final assessment will be based on a folio of your work, there is no written exam.  The course will cover the following:

  • drafting a basic skirt and trouser block
  • making a toile (sample garment) for the 2 blocks
  • making fit adjustments to toiles
  • looking at the historical, cultural and contemporary design of skirts and trousers
  • producing your own design for a skirt or trousers
  • making a pattern for your own design
  • making a toile for your own design.

WHAT WILL I BE ABLE TO DO BY THE END OF THE COURSE?

  • adjust patterns to get a better fit
  • use research to produce your own designs
  • use templates to draw up your own design ideas
  • understand the basics of pattern cutting and basic style adaptations
  • take accurate body measurements
  • understand how to choose the best fabric for your designs
  • plan the making of a garment and understand the costs involved.

WILL THIS COURSE HELP ME GET A JOB IN FASHION?

If you’re interested in pursuing a career within the fashion industry or setting up your own business, a City & Guilds course is a nationally recognised qualification focussed on the practical skills needed in that industry.   This qualification is endorsed by Creative Skillset (the Sector Skills Council for creative industries)

Following a structured, nationally recognised course will demonstrate your interest and commitment to potential employers.

COURSE DATES:

35 hours of teaching with a choice of daytime OR weekend:

10 Tuesdays 10am – 1.30pm:

Feb 5th, 12th, 26th / March 12th, 19th, 26th / April 16th, 23rd, 30th / May 7th

6 Saturdays 10am – 4pm:

Feb 2nd & 16th / March 2nd / April 20th / May 4th & 11th

COST:

£300 course fee

plus

£35 C&G registration fee.

Recent work at MIY Workshop

I’ve been collecting a few photos of student work coming out of MIY Workshop recently, here they are:

Salva in her MIY Collection shrug – the first thing she’d made using jersey fabric and the first time she’d followed a pattern!

Inspired by her shrug, Salva then had a go at the MIY Collection straight neck vest and customised the pattern to make a blocked version.

Lucy in a perfect tweedy winter skirt made from a Burda pattern.

Ela in a lovely frock made from a combination of some bought fabric and cutting up an old 70’s shirt complete with buttons!

Emma in a skirt she made by taking a pattern from an existing skirt she had.  The gorgeous fabric is from Ditto and is quite unusual as it’s got a bit of lycra, it’s not often you find lighter weight fabrics with stretch.

And last but not least, Cesca in a lovely APC inspired denim dress made from a Burda pattern.  This one required some persistence to get right, but I’m glad Cesca stuck at it, made the tweaks that were needed and now has the perfect denim dress – layered with tights in winter, on its own with sandals in summer!

I’ve also just finished a successful Saturday morning Pattern Cutting course – 4 students = 4 unique skirts of their own design by the end.  Pattern cutting is a fantastic skill to have – especially if you have ideas for what you want to make but struggle to find the patterns.  I’ll be  starting some City & Guilds pattern cutting courses in the new year, more on that when I’ve confirmed dates and details.

My Sewing Surgery has been popular recently – surgery time is a bit like a one-to-one class, but is done in blocks of 15 minutes, so if you only need a bit of focussed help to sort out a problem, rather than a whole class, then it’s probably the thing for you.  In the last couple of weeks I’ve helped people making items to be sold into local shops and making costumes for trapeze artists!

Happy 2nd Birthday

Two years ago today I wrote my first post on this blog.  I had just taken the plunge to teach independently, away from FE and Adult Ed colleges.  At the time it felt like a massive gamble and on the whole I’m more of a worrier than a gambler!  I don’t want to tempt the doom fairies, but I reckon it was a good decision.  Two years is not so long really, but such a lot has happened, I never imagined when I wrote that first post that I’d end up taking over the venue where I was teaching those first cautious classes and turn it into the business I’d always dreamed of having.  There you go, they say gambling is addictive and the more risks I took, the more I now want to take.

I’m a great believer in the power of education; despite going to a comprehensive school that was competing for the worst reputation in Sheffield, I was lucky enough to have a couple of teachers who encouraged me to do what I enjoyed and found I was good at.  As a naive eighteen year old I was too afraid to move away to go to university and as no-one in my family had ever been and none of my friends were going, work was the normal route, not a lifetime of education.  So, I went into a “safe” and mind-numbingly boring office job, but kept the imagination alive by attending every adult education evening class that I could, from learning to touch type (a skill I now use every single day), to studying English language and my saviour……a City & Guilds in Fashion.

This rambling potted version of my life history brings me back to my original point – education.  It changed my life and enabled me to get to the privileged position I’m now in of being able to earn a living from what I love.  But that initial gamble I took two years ago was informed by what I could see happening within the local authority world of adult education.

Today local colleges are cutting back their adult education programmes to their core.  Centres are closing and the variety of courses available has been reduced to a bare minimum.  However, the demand and need for vocational education and for the provision of learning out of interest to simply enrich lives hasn’t dwindled.  There are still, in fact probably more than ever, adults changing career and re-training, being made redundant and taking some time out, learning new skills to save money and setting up small businesses.

Such things are also happening nationally and with higher education.  University is again becoming for the privileged few and there seems to be little learning of practical skills on those art and design courses that manage to survive the current drive to undermine a creative education, in favour of more “academic” and “classical” routes.

I believe in future that there will be a huge movement of people, both those about to start a career and those looking to change direction, who will be looking for a way to learn skills.  Not just theories or ideas, but real hands-on practical skills from which they will be able to earn a living, start a business and gain a lifetime of enjoyment.  So for my second birthday I received a rather nice present yesterday; I found out that I’m going to be able to offer City & Guilds Fashion courses at MIY Workshop.  It seems right that I will be able to offer to other people the very thing that set me off on this road all those years ago.

Happy Birthday to me and thanks to all of you who have made it possible so far – students, readers, colleagues, fellow creators and those inspirational teachers that gave me the first push.

More details soon on City & Guilds Fashion courses that will be available at MIY Workshop from 2013.