City & Guilds


Earlier in January, I briefly mentioned that I am taking a City & Guilds course this year. It started in January and it was quite intense to start with as I have not been having homework deadlines for a few years! However, I soon got the hang of it after a couple of weeks. 

It is an intimate group (only 6 of us including me) which makes the class more enjoyable and we all get enough attention from the tutor. Some of us take the fashion module and some take tailoring, so we get to see different techniques for the same type of garments. 

The first couple of sessions were all about colours and textures, which we enjoyed, but we prefer to have more hands on sewing than learning theory. We quickly moved on to learning sewing techniques, i.e. hem finishing, zip inserting, pleats and darts etc.

There are a few reports/workbooks to produce from now to the end of the course. The most important piece of work will be handing in four different kinds of garment at the end of the course in December. These four garments will be a skirt, waistcoat, jacket and top/dress and we will need to set a theme for these garments and produce a workbook to show the rationale. From now until August, we will learn a lot of sewing techniques and we will also sew different types of garments as  a trial for the final 4 garments. The first practice garment was a skirt and we started a couple of sessions ago.  

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I have never sewn a skirt before as I am not a big skirt girl. My style is more like ‘grab and go’ so the less hassle, the better. I much prefer a dress than a skirt as there is no need to think of matching a top in the morning. Though, I am quite pleased with the finished skirt and I managed to get the courage to wear it the weekend I completed it. 


The skirt fabric is a cotton satin which has some ‘give’ in it, so I interlined the skirt with polyester netting to stabilise the cotton. As I wanted something different, I ended up drawing my own pattern. It is a good practice for me as I have not created many patterns since my pattern drawing course. I added a small opening at the front hem to give myself more room to move about.

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The fit of the skirt is ok, the waistband is slightly too loose after wearing it for a while as the polyester netting is just not stiff enough to prevent the waistband from getting loose. I have been told by my tutor that I could add a cotton tape inside the waistband to stop this happening. So I bought a different patterned cotton satin for a second skirt. 

I was all enthusiastic until I started pinning the skirt pattern on to the fabric, I realised that the rosy pattern on this fabric will benefit from proper pattern matching on front and back skirt pieces. Unfortunately, I have not bought enough fabric to do so, so this skirt is now on hold until I go to the fabric shop next! I must make sure I go to the fabric shop soon as this skirt will just be perfect for Spring. 

Here is a little peek of the back pieces. The pattern match is good, don’t you think? 

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