Tailoring Made Easy


Be guided through the construction of a tailored jacket using a commercial pattern, Palmer/ Pletsch fitting concepts and modern tailoring techniques. Your sewing will improve after you learn these techniques. You will learn how to cut and mark accurately, interfacings and proper fusing, shoulder and chest shaping, shaped darts, careful trimming and quality pressing, sleeve heads, buttonholes and pockets and lining and perfect hems. You will need some basic sewing skills. (Additional cost for materials).

Westfield Penrith Weekend on Sunday

Beginning 22/3/2020 from 9:00:00 to 17:00:00

for 2 Weeks


Topics Covered include:

Introduction to tailoring Fabric layout, alterations to fit and cutting Pressing technique Fusing ~ application of interfacing Marking Sewing Techniques Pockets, Collars and Sleeves and Shoulder Pads Facing and lining ~ make up Facing and lining ~ insert Finishing

Course Outcome

An introduction to tailoring using modern sewing methods and fusible weft interfacings. During the course students will learn modern tailoring techniques which will enable them to construct and fit their own jacket. Please confirm your course is running prior to purchasing materials.

On the first session bring

PLEASE REQUEST MATERIALS LIST FROM THE COLLEGE - PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE MATERIALS UNTIL NOTIFIED THAT THE COURSE IS RUNNING. Pattern: McCalls 6172 (Palmer Pletsch pattern with detailed instructions) or Simplicity 2446 (Amazing Fit Collection sewing pattern with individual pattern pieces for A,B and C cup sizes). Size: You will need to take 2 measurements in order to ascertain your correct pattern size. 1. Chest or High Bust – measure around the body, directly under the arms and across the top of the breasts. 2. Full Bust – measure over the fullest part of the bust and then straight across the back. Buy according to your bust measurement, not your clothing size, unless your full bust measurement is 5cm or more than the high bust measurement. If this is the case, then substitute the high bust measurement for bust on the measurement chart when buying your pattern. Fabric: The best fabrics for tailoring are wool fabrics such as Tweed, Flannel or wool blends. Linen is also suitable but is not quite so easy to work with. Calico is suitable if you would like to make a test garment first. Colour: Avoid checks and stripes. Dark colours such as black can be hard on the eyes to work with, but are good basic wardrobe colours. Medium colours are easier to work with. Lining: Lining fabric such as Sunsilky or Bemberg Interfacing: Fusible woven knit interfacing only such as Whisperweft or Armoweft. These are brand names of interfacing suitable for this course. These do require preshrinking by soaking in hot tap water for 10 minutes, then drip dry over a towel. Buy interfacing according to yardage on back of pattern. Sewing Kit: Pressing cloth A box of fine large head pins in a magnetic pincushion Tape measure Soft lead pencil Red and green fine felt tip pens Two rolls of 12mm Scotch brand magic transparent tape Weighted table tape dispenser Paper scissors Gridded plastic ruler (eg quilters), plastic ruler or dressmakers square 6mm elastic to tie around your waist Note pad and pen Basic sewing kit (scissors, needles, quick unpick, marking chalk etc) Palmer/Pletsch gridded pattern tissue (from Lincraft, Spotlight or online) or white gift wrap tissue. Greaseproof paper is too stiff. Tailoring Made Easy Notions: 1 x reel matching thread 1 x reel contrasting thread 1 pair shoulder pads according to size recommended on pattern 1 metre x 6mm pre-shrunk cotton tape Buttons – quantity as per pattern envelope Where to Buy: Spotlight, Lincraft, My Hung (Penrith), The Fabric Store or Tessuti Fabrics (both at Surry Hills), The Remnant Warehouse (Alexandria) and Metro Fabrics (Tempe). Patterns can be purchased at Spotlight or Lincraft or online at: www.sewing-patterns.com, www.mccalls.com, www.simplicity.com Prior to attending the first lesson students should: 1. Preshrink all washable fabric and linings by washing with detergent at the same water temperature you plan to use when laundering. 2. Fabrics marked “dry clean only” can be steam pressed using a steam iron. Iron the fabric from side to side (not diagonally) and steam evenly. Allow the steamed fabric to dry thoroughly before moving. If you have any questions regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to call me on 0403824731 Wendy Walters

Items to be purchased during the course

Wear warm clothing in Autumn and Winter as classrooms can get quite cold.

Special Issues To Note

22nd Mar & 29th Mar. Workshop, no Concession

NCC Code: 97TAIW120



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