King Medina on Dressmaking NC II
Name: King Medina
Course Taken : Dressmaking NC II
Current Job: Entrepreneur
Why did you choose to take the course you did?
I’ve been wanting to learn how to use a sewing machine to sew pillow cases andsimple curtains for decorating. I cannot find a class for that but saw a dressmaking class and figured I can get access to a sewing machine, learn dressmaking, all for for free (except for admin fee, fabrics and other sewing materials), so why not?
What was the most interesting thing about the course?
The most interesting thing for me was during our final sewing project – we had to design and sew our own one-piece dresses using our own measurements then model them in front of the class. 😛 It was really fun – and I never imagined myself being able to wear something I created myself. 🙂
What kind of activities did you do in your major subjects?
We created different sorts of blouses and skirts. We did blouses with different collars – Peter Pan, Sailor..Mandarin etc. We learned how to get measurements, create patterns on paper. And we used a high-speed sewing machine in our projects.
What advice can you give to incoming students who are thinking of taking the same course you did?
Decide what you want to get out of the class and go learn it. Maybe there’s a dress that you like, or maybe you want to accept uniform sewing jobs – then make sure you learn that in class. You can always ask your instructor and classmates for help.
For me, even though it was a dressmaking class, I still wanted to learn how to do seat covers for my room, and my teacher helped me understand the pattern that I brought to class and I was able to do one.
What are the things you learned from the course that have proven to be very useful in your work?
Unfortunately, I didn’t take the course for work. But I think if you are really interested in fashion and decorating, then taking this class is definitely rewarding.
I’ve already finished several sewing projects for our home – my goal for taking the class. A trip to fabric stores has become exciting as well.
If you’re planning to sew blouses, skirts etc for work, you will definitely learn that because in probably about 80% of the time, you’re either measuring, cutting patterns or sewing.
Do you think you chose the right course?
Yes. If you want to learn how to sew dresses then this is a great course. By the end of the program, you’ll be very comfortable using a high speed sewing machine. I believe you will also learn enough to be able to create your own pattern or read someone else’s and sew your own clothes, bags, and pillows among other things.
I see that there are other sewing-related courses like Tailoring, but they are not available in my city. I was also a little apprehensive at first because dressmaking looked complicated compared to the pillow cases I wanted to do, and it sure was, but still I learned a lot.
I also remember my teacher pointing out the common collars in school uniforms, so you can really practice that during class if you want to accept sewing jobs. And this is not a guarantee, but your instructor can also suggest where to apply for work after graduation – which she did in our class.