Sewing 101

Spring term 2024, Sewing for improvers.

Tuesday: Sewing for improvers
Time: 7.30pm-8.45pm (Please arrive 15 minutes early to set up your equipment).
Start: 09.01.24
Duration: 8 weeks (no class on the 13.02.24)
Fee: 85 euro  (It is CDETB policy that refunds are only issued if a course does not form. Before booking, please see our terms and conditions page).
Notes: Students must have their own sewing machine for this course. Please only book a space if you can bring your own machine. There are not storage facilities in the college. All courses are subject to a minimum number in order to proceed. In the event that a course is oversubscribed, places will be offered on a first-booked, first-served basis and a waiting list will then be created. You will be contacted in this event.


Sewing for beginners

Students must have their own sewing machine.

This class will give students the space and knowledge to further develop existing sewing skills, understand how clothing comes together and to be able to finish garments to a high standard.

Week 1 – Sewing recap: sewing straight seams and sewing curved seams.

Week 2 – Reading a pattern.

Project 1: Tote bag

Week 3 – Understanding how clothing comes together.

Project 2: box zipper pouch

*Zipper foot required: most machines come with this attachment, I will have a spare in class should it be needed.

Week 4 – Finishing seams, bias binding, and sewing buttons

*Buttonhole foot required: most machines come with this attachment, I will have a spare in class should it be needed.

Week 5 – The importance of the cut.

Week 6, 7 & 8 – Final project, students will choose one of the following projects:

*Machine Caddy *Apron (With or without frills) **Skirt (Gathered, circle or A-line) ***Trousers ***Pattern of students choosing

Materials required

Sewing machine

Fabric scissors


1 metre of fabric for projects 1 and 2 (this can be recycled fabric like bedsheet or curtains)

Fabric for final project will be required – this will be determined based on the pattern selected by the student.


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About your tutor: Shauna Maher (B.A.) Communications and Creative multimedia, (QQI L6) Costume design

Shauna Maher

Shauna has a deep background in sewing, pattern drafting, needlework, and costume design. Her ethos is to be aware of the impact of textile manufacturing on the environment and find ways to have a neutral impact while creating unique and fashion-forward designs that will stand the test of time. She is a proponent of re-purposing second-hand clothes, deadstock fabric, and using all available sources to minimise waste.

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