Although I do accept small Group classes, my speciality is 1 on 1 teaching where even a Beginner who does not even know how to handsew, can come with a desired project where we will Conceptualise, Design, Measure, Materials Lesson, Pattern Engineering and start on Assembly (via Sewing) in about 1 hour. Be it wanting to make/upcycle Apparel, Bags, Toys, Homeware, Footwear, Hat making or Quilting, I can help you bring your Designs to fruition in a succinct lesson for the time poor.
With a degree in Textile Management from UNSW (Sydney) and Graduate Certificate from Cordwainers College (now known as Central St Martins, London), I have worked in the Textile Clothing and Footwear industry for over 20 years. I have been teachings over 400 (1 on 1) students at Spotlight (Singapore) for the past 6 years with students male and female ranging from 6 years to 85 years old.
All my classes are 1 on 1.
1) Beginner's Level (1.5 hours) - the minimum rate quoted at $60/hour is for 1 pax with no prior sewing experience or prior knowledge. For example, basic pattern construction and hand and machine sewing principles and how to construct either a reversible tote bag, cushion cover or table mat with piping, upcycled from fabric scraps/ underutilised household items. Alternatively, kindly give details of the project you wish to learn at Beginner's level.
2) Intermediate level will assume some prior sewing knowledge/experience. The Intermediate level rate quoted will be dependant on the project type, complexity and duration required from the learning experience be it for Apparel, Homeware & Soft Furnishing, Accessories or Toys. Typically, an Intermediate level class (1.5 hours) aims to bring a student's bespoke Concept/Project to fruition. This can be in the from a Design sketch, a 2D Image from an online photo/ Magazine or an existing sample that needs resizing, refreshing or reproducing. Depending on the need, aspects of Design, Fabric Properties & Yardage, Measurement Taking, Pattern Engineering and some assembly on the machine will start from $150/hour. Thereafter should a student wish to have further lessons for more Designs for example, a choice of the 5 ($600) or 10 hour ($800) package is available with the remaining payment for the packaged class must be paid in full at the start of the subsequent class for the discount to apply
All rates quoted are for 1 pax and are for 1 on 1 learning. Any additional observers or participants who may be actively or passively present in class must be declared and advised to Couturierecraft prior to the session and additional charges per pax will apply for any observers/ participants who may be present during the arranged class time.
Couturierecraft will typically provide all tools and equipment where possible during tuition but not materials such as butcher paper or remnant fabric for demonstration/practice or any elements required for note taking.
CouturiereCraft Classes by Dallene
Hat Making Soft toys Apparel/Costume Bags & Purses Home Furnishing Quilting & Embroidery Gifts & Projects UpCycling- bespoke designs made simple
University of New South Wales, Australia- MComm in Marketing
Cordwainers College, London, UK- Certificate in Bespoke Footwear, Handsewn Leathergoods and Accessories
University of New South Wales, Australia- BS (Hons) in Textile Management
Couturierecraft. Teacher and Trainer at Spotlight (Singapore) where I taught over 400 students on a 1-1 basis in all aspects of Conceptualization, Design, Fabric and Measurement, Pattern Engineering and Assembly of all types of Apparel, Footwear, Hatmaking, Toys, Homeware and Quilting, in one off one hour classes or longer term basis
J Robins and Sons, Sydney, Australia (concealed information)
My role was a Computer Aided Designer and Pattern maker and Production Costing for the Footwear brands Jane Debster, Sandler and Easy Steps
Jimmy Choo Designs, London, UK I applied for an apprenticeship in Bespoke Footwear under Datuk Choo whilst enrolled in a graduate program at his alma mater Cordwainers College and was employed part time as a Apprentice Designer and Client Officer, accompanying and assisting Datuk Choo on various client visits for bespoke footwear, such as to Kensington Palace, Hardie Amies and the designer Bruce Oldfield
Quality Control Supervisor at Formfit Warners, Sydney, Australia
Supervision, Implementation and Classification of testing methods, adherence and congruence to industry acceptable limits, procedures and thresholds for Raw Materials and Finished Garment
Bonds Industries (concealed information)
Commissioned Research project on Greater Dyehouse Efficiency.
Software Skills Satrasumm Pattern Engineering and CAD (Computer Aided Design)
Interests and Activities
I love Antique Fabric and Traditional Weaving and Making Methods especially during my time in South East Asia I am also interested in Architecture, History and Anthropology. I also have a great passion for Anti Waste and believe nearly all of us can rehaul our wardrobe space without disposing.
References Available upon request
Dallene at (concealed information)
Excellent! Good at pattern drafting and measurements.
Mala was a very knowledgeable student with a lot of amazing prior skill sets. She prepared and ensure she equipped well as requested prior for our lesson thank you and glad to have assisted and added to her amazing product and service offering that she has in her retail spaces. All the best Mala and team in your future endeavours and direction.
Perfect! Dallene is a fantastic teacher. I explained exactly where I was starting from and she tailored all my lessons accordingly. She made it very simple to understand and fun - would always recommend Dallene
Julian was an excellent student who was coming from a beginner's level in pattern engineering and sewing construction especially and was very willing to learn which we accomplished over several sessions.
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