Beyond Basics Sewing Courses Term Four: 8 weeks (20hrs) from Wed 16th Oct (FULL!)OR 7 weeks (21hrs) from Sat 19th Oct


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!

Beyond Basics sewing courses over eight x 2 1/2 hour lessons (20 hrs) on a Wednesday evening OR seven 3 hour lessons (21 hrs) on a Saturday afternoon. Learn sewing techniques specific to making garments using commercial sewing patterns.

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)!

Over three projects (short-sleeve woven top and two of the following: skirt/tunic dress/simple pants/sweat or t-shirt) 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 in back or side seam.
– Apply interfacing and attach a facing or waistband.
– Attach neck bindings, facings and bands (bias and stretch)
– Apply special techniques for sewing stretch fabrics
– Set sleeves into a simple top or shirt
– Sew stretch fabric

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

Bring projects of your choice to work on under our expert guidance over the 7 week course. You will learn techniques specific to the projects you choose that can be applied widely to garments you will sew independently in the future.

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

When: Wednesday evenings 6.30 – 9pm from 16th October (20 hours over 8 weeks) 1 SPOT LEFT!
October 16th, 23rd, & 30th. November 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th  December 4th
Saturday afternoons 10am – 1pm from 19th October (21 hours  of tuition over seven weeks).
October 19th & 26th. November 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th (no class Cup weekend). December 7th

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 ($245) 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.