ADVANCED Dressmaking & Tailoring


Dates: Thursday 2nd November – Thursday 14th December

Time: 1000 – 1245 hours

Location: Colour and Cloth Main Studio above HAB & FAB, 30 Castlereagh Street, Belfast, BT5 4NH

Duration: 20 hours: 7 weeks @ 2 ¾ hours / week

Class Size: Maximum 6 students allowing lots of tutor attention

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Having already notched up a pocketful of sewing skills the Advanced Sewing Course aims to perfect and hone your cutting, sewing, pressing and finishing techniques.  It will introduce garment construction with interfacings, interlinings and linings.  With an emphasis on ‘Patience and Practice makes Perfect’, students are encouraged to choose a more advanced pattern and fabric.

Students at this level are encouraged to make garments by adding an element of individual creative design and problem solving and must be able to follow a paper pattern and logically consider the method of construction.

Working at the highest level for HBO ‘Game of Thrones’ Christine shares many of her tailoring skills and techniques used when constructing Principal costumes for Seasons 1-4.  She combines her experience of industrial garment manufacturing and production methods along with a varied professional design and sewing career in her teaching.

Courses are friendly, fun and focused.

Students are celebrated with a Certificate of Achievement on completion of the course.

The Advanced Sewing Course is designed to allow each student to focus on their own sewing pattern of choice. In addition to full guidance in class time, students are encouraged to progress at home with their sewing.

Due to the advanced level of study, students may not 100% complete a garment. E.g., a ‘Chanel’ style jacket would take more than 20 hours to toile, fit, cut, prepare, sew, fit, line and finish.

In addition to (or instead of) working on their chosen pattern, each student has the opportunity to advance their skill set by focusing each week on a particular area of garment construction.

Please bring a project of your choice: new pattern and fabric (calico also if you wish to toile up first, which is recommended).  Please bring an advanced project and material to your first class. Advance is a step up from what you have made before. If you are not sure what project to tackle next, don’t worry, we can discuss this on week 1.

Sewing machines and sewing equipment can be provided. We have a mixture of modern and vintage sewing machines, an overlocker (serger) and a coverstitch machine.

However, you are encouraged to bring your own sewing machine so you will be more familiar with it. It must be in working order before your course commences. If it requires serviced or repaired beforehand, we can do that for you, CLICK HERE to book in.

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10:00 – 12:45 Thursday

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