“Tremendous participation and a commitment to proceed to the Advanced Tailoring class.” — that was the description given by Evening Programme tutor Timothy Howell as he described the enthusiastic response of his students to the Barbados Vocational Training Board’s Beginners Tailoring class held at Deacons Training Centre each Wednesday evening for the last three months.
The 12-week class was reintroduced for the February cohort and attracted an interesting mix of students.
Howell explained: “One quarter of the class came with dress-making experience, but the remaining students were first timers and none of them had ever handled an industrial sewing machine before.”
The multi-talented, who is also the BVTB’s NVQ coordinator, has over 30 years experience as a tailor. He explained that the curriculum was aimed at exposing students to the construction of four types of garments — jeans, dress pants, sports shirt, and a dress shirt. They also learned the characteristics of fabric and were given technical insight into correct methods of washing and hanging certain fabrics.
Students started by making dress-pants, and then proceeded on to the more difficult denim fabric to construct jeans. Several of these students have already lined up clients for whom they will be sewing and all are planning to proceed to the next class.
Photo #0781 – BVTB tutor, Timothy Howell (standing on left), shows student Frank Lynch the correct method for inserting a zip into pants.