Beyond Basics Sewing Course (6 weeks) Wednesday evenings from 9th February (FULL!)


Beyond Basics Sewing Courses for students who can confidently use a sewing machine to make accessories, craft projects and basic garments. Learn to use commercial sewing patterns to make wardrobe essentials, and develop sewing techniques specific to making garments.

PLEASE NOTE: All students are required to be fully vaccinated to attend this course.

Skill level: Suitable for students who have completed one of our short or term-long Beginners courses (or equivalent), out of practice sewists who want to brush up their skills, or self taught sewers who wish learn more formally. A minimum of 12 hours sewing  experience using a machine and following simple patterns, is required to enroll in this course.

You will have completed simple projects such as a tote bag, zippered pouch or cushion cover and will also have sewn at least one simple item of clothing such as a shift dress, box top, elastic waisted pants or t-shirt. Men are encouraged to attend. Open to adults and young adults (minimum age 15yo)

In this course we make one item of clothing from the following along with learning a range of skills that can be applied to other projects:
Our first project in term 1 will be a relaxed casual shirt or shirt jacket. Choose from the the Ilford Jacket by Friday Pattern Company, The Paolo Workwear Jacket (free pattern) by Fabrics Store or the wonderful locally designed Bombazine Shirt These patterns are gender expansive

You will learn to:
– Read sewing patterns inc. how to take measurements, choose your size and fabric, layout and cut
– understand step-by-step sewing pattern instructions for making clothes
– perform a range of essential sewing techniques specific to garment construction including:
how to Insert a zipper;  set in sleeves; finish edges with neck bindings and/or facings and bands (bias and/or stretch); attach a collar;, sew stretch fabrics; finish seams; make an elastic waistband,.

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:  Level 1, 9/131 Hyde St, Footscray.

When:  Wednesday evenings 6.30 – 9pm from FEBRUARY 8TH (20 hours over 6 weeks)
Dates: February
9th, 16th, 23rd March 2nd, 9th, 16th

We will provide: Sewing machines if required and all other equipment. A lovely bright, spacious studio to sew in. Beverages, snacks, handout notes, a friendly environment 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.

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. If paying by Direct Deposit payment MUST be made within 24 hours to secure your place. 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 or get in touch.

We will be in touch 10 -14 days before your course starts with a reminder and more information. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.