SHIMMERS SCHOOL - BETA TEST


Cutting and Sewing Tutorial

Beta Test:

Please contact us if you would like to participate. Email us or click the blue "Message us" button at the bottom right corner of your screen.

This is a service we believe to be valuable, one we feel capable of offering, and one which we think a market may exist for. All of this is based on no data, hence we are conducting this test.

We hope this test will help us validate the concept, understand the pitfalls, develop methods to make the service better, understand how to price the service, and also develop an FAQ.

The Beta Test is not free of cost. We feel it is important for you to invest into the test. The cost will range from $1.00 - $99.00 (one time fee) depending on your current proficiency in cutting and sewing and your intended learning outcome. All of this will be discussed when you contact us.

It is important to note that if you are successful during the course of this test, the skills you learn will far outweigh your investment.

During the Beta Test we are only offering to teach you how to cut & sew a shirt start to finish which we estimate should take between 3-8 hours.

If this test is successful we hope to expand this service to teach a variety of garments. Depending on your proficiency we will also consider teaching you a more complex garment during the Beta test.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn to cut and sew a shirt from scratch.
  • The shirt you make will be based on your measurements, which you will provide prior to the lesson.

Service Purpose: 

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime“

Our aim is to radically shift power back into the consumers hand.* We aim to teach you the entire process of cutting and sewing a garment from laying the chalk markings all the way to button holing and finishing the item. 

There are plenty of ways to learn to cut and sew, but few offer the opportunity to learn remotely AND in a one-on-one setting catered to your learning ability. 

We would be thrilled if we went out of business because everyone on the planet learned how to make their own clothes making our other services and products completely redundant.

As a student you will not only learn how to make items for yourself, but the next time you are purchasing a garment, you will also have a better understanding of what went into making it, allowing you to make more informed purchases (if you ever feel the need to buy clothes again).

Process:

  1. You will provide us with your measurements, in addition we will discuss details of the garment you will be making.
  2. We will review the information and map out your lessons and measurements so that once your lessons officially commence we can jump straight into laying the markings on the fabric.
  3. You will follow the list (“Supplies Required”) below obtain all required tools and materials
  4. We will begin our lessons in which we will first begin with laying chalk marking on fabric. In addition will be laying markings on our end alongside for you to follow.
  5. The next step is to cut the pieces which you have marked on the fabric.
  6. You will then begin to sew the shirt, during which we will be available to guide you through the entire construction process, including finishing the garment (attaching buttons and button holing etc). 
  7. You may never see the need to buy clothes ever again.

Supplies required:

All supplies have hyperlinks leading to examples of what is required, we do not endorse any of the products hyperlinked they are intended only to provide you with an indication of what to look for.

  • Sewing Machine (Domestic or Industrial). Please inform us of the exact machine you have. As some machines do not have the ability to execute overlocking or zig zag stitches, this will allow us to plan alternative methods to manage seam allowances prior to your lessons.
  • Steam Iron (Domestic or Industrial)
  • Fabric Scissors 
  • Tailors Chalk
  • Thread Cutter
  • Unpicker
  • Pinking Shears (If your sewing machine is unable to either overlock or zig zag)
  • Thread 
  • Fabric
  • Buttons

Points to consider:

We genuinely believe that we can teach ANYONE to cut and sew provided we adjust our teaching method to best suit your learning style.  From our experience, to quickly and thoroughly learn the basics of cutting and sewing requires one-on-one teaching and support, as opposed to a ‘cookie cutter’ approach communicated via a staged video.

Making clothes is easy, essentially you’re just is taking 2D shapes and joining them together to create a 3D object. 

With all that said, it would be helpful for the student to have a base understanding of sewing at the very least if not cutting too. By that we mean: 

  • Knowing the functions of your machine;
  • Knowing how to thread a bobbin;
  • Knowing how to sew a straight line;
  • An understanding of the stretch and grain line of fabric; and
  • Patience and perseverance: Learning to cut and sew can be frustrating at times, with many of the techniques requiring slow and repetitive learning. However, your resilience will be rewarded with the new skills you acquire and the finished garment (which you will be able to reproduce).

Lastly, we advise choosing an appropriate fabric for your skill and confidence level. We also suggest learning on fabric you are willing to sacrifice incase there are mistakes. We will work through the mistakes with you and start again if we have to until you are able to complete the process start to finish. 

We will not give up on teaching you until you give up on learning.

 



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