Interior of the Gaye Abandon School of Sewing and Upcyling

About the School

The School of Sewing and Upcycling (SOSU)is located at Level 1, 9/131 Hyde St, Footscray close to Yarraville Gardens.(Click HERE for map). Established in 2015, we have recently moved from Buckley St, Footscray to our new, bigger, more modern, light-filled space. Our school is a welcoming hub of sewing education in Melbourne’s Inner West, fully equipped with sewing machines, overlockers and sewing tools.

We are near public transport (a short walk from Seddon and Footscray Stations and the 409 bus), there is bike parking on site, and plenty of car parking in nearby streets.

We offer full or half-day Sewing Workshops most Sundays and term-long Sewing Courses. We encourage students of all levels, ages and genders to attend!

Like cooking, sewing is a fundamental life skill. From learning to mend and alter the things you have, to creating cherished garments and homewares that reflect your personal style, sewing offers many ways to develop a creative and sustainable lifestye.

About your Teachers

Gaye Naismith, founder and director of The Gaye Abandon School of Sewing and Upcycling has been an avid sewer for over 35 years. She possesses extensive knowledge of machine and hand stitching techniques, garment construction following sewing patterns, fitting and professional finishing.

Gaye loves sharing her sewing expertise with students of all ages and genders, both in groups and one-to-one. Along with teaching workshops and courses at the School of Sewing, she takes community sewing courses and regularly facilitates workshops for local councils and other organisations across Melbourne.

She holds an MA in Visual Culture and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and has a current Working with Children Check.

Zoe Gymer-Waldron, is a trained costumier with extensive experience in garment making for theatre, film and television productions. She is a corsetry specialist and created amazing costumes for burlesque performers and stage shows. Zoe currently teaches pattern making, overlocking skills and advanced dressmaking at the sewing school along with occasional specialised short courses focusing on costume making and working with stretch fabrics.

Aly Peel has had a long career in fashion and textiles. Trained in fashion design, she taught pattern making at RMIT for many years. Under her label MAIIKE she produces beautiful bespoke soft toys and blankets from reclaimed textiles. Aly currently teaches children’s classes, pattern drafting and sewing intensives at the Sewing School.