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Join the only tailoring course in Bristol and discover the Art of Tailoring. This 15-week course aims to broaden your existing skillset by teaching you the fundamental tailoring techniques needed to begin creating your own waistcoat. In this Introduction to the Art of Tailoring, you will learn exciting new skills that can be applied to your existing or future projects. Combining technical knowledge, precision and creativity, tailoring allows you to craft bespoke, fitted garments that will last a lifetime. This will allow you to build up a solid collection of your own samples. Note-taking will be encouraged for you to leave with the confidence to apply what you’ve learnt to your private projects. The pace will be set by the group, with the aim to make up sections of a waistcoat. Our small group setting ensures ample one-to-one support, allowing you to receive personalised attention and guidance. By the end of the course, you will have all the skills necessary to create a tailored waistcoat on your own. This course caters for individuals who have prior sewing experience and who are eager to expand their expertise. Fabric and some specialist equipment will be provided for you. By the end of the course, you will have an understanding of the fabrics used in this craft as well as the tools and equipment needed to continue your tailoring journey.
How will I learn?
Over 15 comprehensive sessions you’ll uncover a more sustainable approach to clothes making by learning how to apply the techniques of this heritage skill. In a friendly, inclusive environment, you will be introduced to a variety of hand stitches, pressing techniques and accurate measuring as well as pattern striking and marking. You will also get to grips with handmade buttonholes and learn how to make up a pocket. Each session will showcase a new skill through a demonstration, and you will be guided through the delicate skills and techniques required to complete each task.
There are no specific entry requirments for this course. However an understanding of some basic sewing skills and fashion/textiles knowledge would be beneficial.Download course information in PDF format
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If you have any issues applying online we also accept paper enrolments. You can download and print our 2023/2024 Enrolment Request Form. Alternatively, you can visit your local campus to collect a form. An enrolment form can also be sent to you by post, simply contact our Customer Experience team to arrange this.
If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Experience team on 08000567253, email [email protected] or write to Part-Time Enrolments, SGS College, Filton Avenue, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7AT.