Beginner Apparel - Draft & Sew a Top using Gathers as Darts*

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  • Participants should have completed our Foundation Apparel sewing class. Drop us an email to find out more about the requirements of this class if you have not taken a class with us before.

Course Description

Always wanted to make your own clothes? No longer be daunted by the prospect of making your own clothes with the help of our instructors, ever-ready to provide you with the guidance you need.

Participants will learn to draft and sew a top or dress using gathers as a form of dart manipulation customised to their size. Participants can choose from a wrap dress, a v-neck top / dress, or a round neck top as design options.

Topics covered in the class include:

  • Introduction to fabrics used in apparel
  • Understanding seams, stitches and finishings that are commonly used on apparel
  • Making a toile from a customised bodice block and evaluating fit
  • Designing and constructing a top / dress using gathers as a form of dart manipulation and drafting it from a bodice block
  • Drafting a set-in sleeve with a butterfly sleeve option
  • Attaching set-in sleeves
  • Sewing bias tape binding as a neckline finish

At the end of the course, you will understand the process of making a garment and be able to sew a garment that is customised to your size. Participants can continue their sewing journey in Intermediate Apparel - Draft & Sew a Princess Seam Dress or Intermediate Apparel - Draft & Sew Pants with Zippered Fly

Course Fee

  • $380 including equipment and tools; participants will be required to bring their own fabric
  • We will email you the details on fabric needed for the class

    Course venue

    • Sin Ming studio: Midview City, 24 Sin Ming Lane, #08-108, Singapore 573970
    • Commonwealth studio: Tanglin Halt Industrial Estate, 115A Commonwealth Drive, #04-05, Singapore 149596

    Course info

    • REGULAR class: 4 hours x 4 sessions, held once a week over 4 weeks
    • EXPRESS class: 8 hours x 2 sessions, held once a week over 2 weeks, or twice a week over 1 week

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