Each week has been a working progress on the SEW course. Through the weeks we have been working our way through focusing on different aspects of the course.
SEW offers opportunites to learn within different groups:
1- Group 1: Basic Sewing and ICT related tasks for first time users with embedded English
A step-by-step programme allows us to understand the equipment well before using it, guided with new confidence developed through learning to spell each part of equipment and tell others what it is used for. Writing everything in the Module diary and in a personal creative Rainbow diary with a new colour each week helped memorise and progress quickly.
This approach made it possible for our group (up to 18) to share new equipment in a small space and be aware of safety measures involved. We now also feel more equiped at home with guiding our young children.
Extract of weekly progress:
Week 1) We focused on drawing a sewing machine and a computer and labelling the parts to it and what each part does. As the course is based in the Children’s Centre the classes have a creche available so the students can bring their children whilst learning.
Week 2) Each week we look at a different recipe from around the world. There were foods from countries including Algeria (Basbousa), Ethiopia (Dabu, Samosas) where we had to guess the ingredients to the recipe and write it down on the computer in a Word document.
Week 3) We progressed with learning how to thread a sewing machine, make a bobbin and stitch slowly enough to count the stitches. We tested the machines by making a mobile phone cover.
Week 4) The design process was introduced with learning how to make a template to draw and outline to use to design an attractive apron. Studying different types of fabrics will help to choose what we like.
Week 5) Currently toiling aprons following design and spec stages: sketches had to be drawn to real dimensions and then pattern cut before cutting fabrics and writing a making strategy to be checked by Head tutor.
Week 6) While aprons are getting ready, others learn how to write their Action Plans on the computer and the folders are being checked for coming report.
2- Group 2: Advanced Design: CS4 sketch, portfolio, pattern cutting , construction for students to progress towards higher education
The course supports students to apply to Fashion Colleges, developing patterns and toiles for portfolio build-up, gathering artwork and asking group feedback to maximise impact
3- Group 3: Extra curriculum activities: CS4 IAG mentoring for work, CVs strattgies, job applications, marketing, advice, networking, events research
Participants come with a brief and agenda they need help with in order to move on to the next level of their professional journey, learning how to search for fashion jobs following CV development, or developing their own marketing strategy within group discussions
4- Group 4: Advanced Visual Design: CS4 T-shirts graphics development using ILLUSTRATOR and Photoshop
Students progress original designs into computerised forms perfecting graphic original artwork to finally get feedback from a professional printer they will visit as part of their course
5- Group 5: CS4 offers volunteering opportunities to understand how to run a project and work with people from many different backgrounds
Two young volunteers are currently running True Love, a project they set up themselves with Unltd during a course at CS4, where they use creative activities to interact with younger groups and share values of long lasting relationships
A “choc” team:
Trainee tutors (10 since programme started) learn basics and evolve into managerial roles to fulfil project delivery admin requirements, meeting with Haringey team and NIACE research team, currently monitoring a database which is being shaped and filled by tutors independently responsible covering: media/blog, learner’s data, learner’s achievements, resource allocation