Basic Alterations and Mending

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Learn how simple alterations can transform a basic shirt, skirt or pair of trousers. This short course will take you from pinning and fitting to hemming, darts and shaping as well as hand stitching techinques to make do and mend a garment.

Lesson 1
Pinning and fitting a garment, focussing on which alterations would be necessary in a garment while also discussing alterations that would not be ideal.

Lesson 2
Shortening and lengthening hemlines. We would look at hemming with a machine as well as by hand.

Lesson 3
Darting and shaping tops.

Lesson 4
Shaping and tailoring trousers or skirts - focusing on tapering seams and altering waistlines.

Lesson 5
Make do and mend. This lesson focusses on how to use hand-stitching techniques to mend garments - in particular garments that may have different seams such as topstitched seams.

Course ID BRU1560
Price $255.00 (GST included)
Start date Thursday, 22 February 2018
Finish date Thursday, 22 March 2018
Sessions 5 sessions of 2.5 hours
Time 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Tutor Catherine Thurstan
Location CIT Bruce
Status Module is finished.


What to bring to class:
You will need your own sewing machine. We’ll be working with simple, easy to handle clothes. Bring a cotton/polyester skirt or trousers and a woven fabric top to the first class. The tutor will advise what to bring to subsequent classes.

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About your tutor:
Catherine Thurston is a fashion designer and textile artist with over 20 years’ experience. Prior to coming to Canberra she ran her own bridal design business.

Location: CIT Bruce

Address: 35 Vowels Crescent, Bruce

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