Richmond, B.C. – If you think sewing is old-school, or something your grandmother did just to save money, think again.
“As a hobby, it’s incredibly fulfilling, and as a career or vocation, it provides opportunities to be creative and pay the bills,” says Andhra Goundrey, co-ordinator of the KPU Fashion Design &Technology program.
Hobby sewers find the activity relieves stress. It also allows them to make unique apparel that can’t be found in a mall or online for themselves and others, says Goundrey. Sewers who take their talents to the next level can find careers in fashion design and technology, production, sales and marketing.
If you’ve always wanted to learn to sew or take it one step further and learn industry-grade software-based pattern-making using Gerber Accumark, the Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Richmond offers inspiration.
The in-demand beginner sewing course and introduction to software-based pattern-making courses are now open for registration, with classes starting on May 25. Register now, as courses fill quickly.
Students in the beginner sewing course will learn basic techniques such as seam finishes, zippers and pockets on industrial sewing machines and produce a creative final project. While the course is intended for home economics teachers to use as credit towards their home economics certificate at UBC, everyone is welcome.
Students in the pattern-making course will use Gerber AccuMark design software to learn how to create basic patterns.
Both courses will be held at KPU Richmond, 8771 Lansdowne Rd., Richmond. Visit kpu.ca/cps/design for more information and how to register.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 124 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at www.kpu.ca.