Sewing Clothes for Beginners – Afternoon
Wednesdays: 4 Sept - 7 Dec
1pm - 4pm
(12 weekly classes)
Celebrate sustainability with one of our special eco focussed workshops supported by Creative Scotland. 50% subsidies are available to anyone who needs help to cover the cost of their course, see below for full details.
Making your own clothes is about learning to BE YOURSELF. Choose your own fabric; fit it to your own unique body; express your own unique style. If you're tired of wearing low quality, ill-fitting and generic hi-street clothing, then this course is your opportunity to break from the herd.
Led by Stitchery Founder Cassandra Belanger, this is a 12 week, in-depth introduction to making your own clothing. The course is intended to equip you with a comprehensive set of basic skills that you can develop and apply to a range of clothing types. Learn how to use a sewing machine, work with paper patterns, and understand different fabrics. Practice basic techniques on small samples, then apply them to constructing a garment. Students will be walked through the process of making a garment with sustainability in mind. We’ll talk about fibres, textile production, and textile waste amongst other important topics. You will be encouraged to develop a practice of zero waste sewing. Finally, you’ll make your own unique garment from a selection of curated patterns in a fabric of your choice.
This is a beginner level course, which means it's suitable for absolute beginners, or anyone with limited experience who wants to firm up the basics. We have a Janaome 230DC computerised (with speed control) sewing machine available for each student; although you can bring your own if you like. And don't worry if you might miss one or two classes: we've plenty of opportunities to catch up through our additional Sunday Sewing Sessions or private tuition.
- A basic set of sewing skills; a basic understanding of how to make clothes; and the confidence to go on and try more.
- An item of clothing made by you, to fit your body and in the fabric and style of your choice.
- A sample book, made by you and full of the techniques you've learned as part of the course. Use this for future reference.
- An understanding of how to make clothes that consider the impact on people and the planet.
- An understanding of zero waste sewing.
- A Making Clothes for Beginners e-book for future reference.
Course cost includes:
- 12 x 3-hour lessons
- Use of 230DC Janome computerized sewing machine each
- Use of 6234XL overlocker (shared between students)
Course cost excludes:
- Cost of pattern
- Cost of fabric and haberdashery
- How to use a sewing pattern (including zero waste sewing patterns)
- Taking body measurement and determining pattern size
- How to cut fabric
- Parts of the sewing machine
- Sewing basic stitches and seams
- Bust adjustments
- Fitting tips
- Darts, gathering and pleats
- In-seam pockets
- Sewing a lapped zipper
- Sewing a button and buttonhole
- Seam finishes
Skill level: Absolute beginners
"This was a wonderful (re)introduction to the basics of sewing, presented with a really helpful step-by-step approach, and has given me the confidence to read and understand patterns, and use the techniques learned to sew a well-fitting item of clothing!"
Sarah, Student Testimonial, 2021
"I would recommend this wonderful course to everyone! I found the classes really detailed but accessible. Cassandra is a lovely and extremely knowledgeable teacher. I’ll be signing up for more sewing with Stitchery in the future!"
Katherine, Student Testimonial, 2021
About Your Tutor
Cassandra’s work is an invitation to a more sustainable future. It challenges home sewists, designers and educators to think through the social and environmental impacts of their practice, exploring issues such as zero waste, transparency, embedded storytelling, feminism, sizism, and body image.
Originally from Western Canada, Cassandra currently runs The Stitchery Studio in Glasgow, Scotland, which offers private tuition and pop-up workshops, educating both home sewers and designers on the topics of making a zero waste wardrobe, garment construction, machining skills, sustainable design processes, garment fitting and patchwork quilting, all with an approach to encouraging sustainable thinking and zero waste sewing. She is also the co-founder of the Zero Waste Design Online Collective that develops online education resources in the field of zero waste design and systems thinking in fashion.
We all wear clothes, which means we all contribute to the consequences of the fashion industry on our planet and the people who make our clothes. The fashion industry has caused both environmental and social crises and many of us are now learning about the ways we can change our actions to ensure a better future. One of these solutions is by sewing, designing, and making zero waste garments.
As research progresses, designers find new motivations for doing things differently, and as home sewers experiment, we are finding more and more ways in which we can change the status quo and implement minimal or zero waste garments into our wardrobe. Did you know that we waste 15 - 25% per each garment we make? This equates to 60 billion square metres of fabric annually in the fashion industry and this doesn’t include clothing made at home. Learning new ways of making clothes without making waste is vital for the future health of our planet.
|We have partnered with Creative Scotland to offer half price places on our sustainability focussed workshops. We aim to remove cost as a barrier to participation, enabling access for all to creative learning opportunities.|