Beyond Basics Sewing Courses Term 2


Term 1 has now commenced. Please contact us if you would like to register your interest for Term 2 courses (commencing late April). We will get in touch when bookings open.
A ‘next step’ course for students can confidently use a sewing machine to make simple items. Gain the confidence and know-how to begin sewing your own clothes.

Over eight x 2 1/2 hour lessons you will learn sewing techniques specific to making garments. Week by week you will build on your skills by using sewing patterns to make a skirt (or boxer shorts for men), and two tops.

Suitable for students who have completed a Beginners course, and out of practice sewists who want to brush up their skills or learn more formally. Men are most welcome to attend!

Over three projects you will learn to:
– Use sewing patterns inc. how to choose you size and fabric, layout and cut, follow making instructions
– Insert a zipper in back or side seam.
– Apply interfacing and attach a facing or waistband.
– Attach neck bindings (both bias and stretch)
– Apply special techniques for sewing stretch fabrics
– Set sleeves into a simple top or shirt

Please note: The class content may vary over the 8 week course depending on the preferences of the student group.

We will provide: Sewing machines and all other equipment, handout notes, tea and coffee and lots of support!

Bring along: Your own sewing machine if you would  like to learn on that and your sewing kit if you have one. Fabric for each project (you will be advised of what you need before the course begins)!

Where: The Gaye Abandon Workroom, 122 Buckley St, Footscray.

When: Please contact us if you would like to register your interest for Term 2 courses (commencing late April)

Getting here:  We are just near the corner of Buckley St and Victoria St in Footscray. 3 minutes walk from Middle Footscray Station. 2hr street parking out front and nearby. See Contact Page for a map

We recommend that you familiarise yourself with our Refund and Cancellation Policies before booking. By booking a this course you agree to these policies.

Please don’t hesitate to  contact us have any questions about the course.

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Beyond Basics Sewing Courses Term 2

Beyond Basics Sewing Courses– Ideal for students who have completed our 20 hour Beginners Sewing course, or can confidently use a sewing machine to make simple items (see our Beginners Sewing Course listing).

In this Beyond Basics Sewing Course we will learn the skills to construct simple garments using commercial sewing patterns.
Practice on one of our classic Swiss made Berninas or later model machines (or bring your own if you prefer). You will build on your existing stitching skills, learn how to use sewing patterns, and understand the techniques involved in cutting out, putting together, pressing and finishing ‘me made’ clothes

Over eight Tuesday evenings (20hrs) or seven Saturday afternoons (21hrs), you will:

  • finesse and build upon your existing machine stitching skills
  • learn garment construction techniques
  • understand simple sewing patterns, how to prepare and cut the pattern and follow the instructions and diagrams
  • learn a range of techniques to advance your clothes making skills
  • make three garments (a skirt or boxer shorts, and two tops– one from stretch fabric, one from woven fabric) NB. Depending on how quickly the projects are completed there may be time for other projects

Sewing is a wonderful life skill to possess. Being able to mend, alter, or make your own clothes and homewares from scratch can save you money, reduce your impact on the environment and give you enormous pleasure and pride. You will find that you value and cherish the things you make for years to come. Furthermore, gaining confidence in using a sewing machine and stitching by hand is the first step to realising any number of textile projects. From clothes making and crafting to incorporating sewn textiles into your creative practice knowing how to sew is an essential skill!

If you would like more information about this course feel free to contact us . A minimum of four students is required for the class to go ahead.

Additional information

Session Time

Wednesday evenings 6.30 – 9.00, Saturday afternoons 2pm – 5pm