Beyond Basics Sewing Courses Term Two 2021: 8 weeks from 28th April OR 7 weeks from 1st May


A ‘next step’ Beyond Basics Sewing Courses for students who can confidently use a sewing machine to make simple items. Gain the know-how to begin sewing your own wardrobe!

Learn to use commercial sewing patterns to make wardrobe essentials, and develop sewing techniques specific to making garments.

Skill level: Suitable for students who have completed one of our Beginners courses (or equivalent), out of practice sewists who want to brush up their skills, or self taught sewers who wish learn more formally. Men are encouraged to attend (suitable projects will be offered for you)! Open to adults and young adults (minimum age 15yo)

In this course we make two – three items of clothing from the following–  unisex casual pants; skirt with zipper / shirt or shirt dress,  tee/sweat shirt.
NB: Projects may vary as the course progresses depending on the gender, preferences and pace of the student group.

You will learn to:
– Use sewing patterns inc. how to take measurements, choose you size and fabric, layout and cut, follow making instructions
– Insert a zipper
– Apply interfacing and attach a waistband.
– Attach neck bindings and/or facings and bands (bias and/or stretch)
– Attach a collar and/or collar band.
– Stretch fabric sewing techniques
– Make an elastic waistband,  side and patch pockets

Choose your own sewing patterns, suited to your skill level, to make up under our expert guidance. Over the 7 week will learn many dressmaking techniques and become familiar with the language of sewing patterns. The skills you learn will give you the confidence to sew independently into the future. We suggest you start with one of the garment types listed above for the Wednesday class,  then discuss your ideas for subsequent projects with your teacher.

Where:  The Gaye Abandon School of Sewing and Upcycling, Level 1, 9/131 Hyde St, Footscray.

When: Wednesday evenings 6.30 – 9pm from APRIL 28TH (20 hours of tuition over eight weeks)
April 28th, May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, June 2nd, 9th, 16th
Saturday afternoons 2 – 5pm from MAY 1ST (21 hours of tuition over seven weeks)
May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, June 5th, 19th NB. No class Queens Birthday weekend.

We will provide: Sewing machines if required and all other equipment. A lovely bright, spacious studio to sew in. Beverages, snacks, handout notes, friendly people and lots of very practical techniques!

Bring along: Your own sewing machine and kit if you prefer. You will be required to purchase fabric and a pattern for most of the projects, along with matching threads and other notions required to finish your garments.

Getting here:  We are located in the Hyde Business Park, 131 Hyde St, Footscray, close to Yarraville Gardens.
Public Transport: We are 6 minutes walk (550 metres) from Seddon Station or 10 mins walk from Footscray Station straight up Hyde St.The 409 bus runs up Hyde St between Yarraville and Highpoint Shopping Centre (via Footscray) There are stops very close to us. There is street parking in Hyde St and customer parking behind the complex in Cowper St. See our Contact Page for a map.

Policies and Payment Options: Due to our small class numbers we have strict Refund and Cancellation Policies Be sure to familiarise yourself with them before booking to avoid disappointment.  By booking  this course you are agreeing to these policies.

You can choose to make payment via Paypal using a credit card, or by Direct Deposit. You will find our bank details in your booking confirmation email. If you don’t receive an email upon booking please check your Junk folder.

NB. If you are booking more than 6 weeks in advance, payment can be made in two instalments via direct deposit with the balance due two weeks before the commencement of classes. If you would like to take this option, please choose Direct Deposit at checkout and  make payment of half the course fee ($270) when you book (enter order number and DEP in the description field)

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.