Beyond Basics Short Course 4 weeks


Beyond Basics Sewing Short Course 4 weeks
A four week (10 hour) short course ideal for budding sewists who can already confidently use a sewing machine to sew simple items. Gain the confidence and know-how to begin sewing your own wardrobe!  Choose your own ‘easy’ level pattern that you can complete over the 4 weeks.

This short course is focussed on  learning to use commercial sewing patterns to make simple garments. 
In the first week we will take you through the fundamentals of using sewing pattens and how to correctly cut out your pattern from your fabric.
In the following weeks you will construct your garment, following the steps detailed on the pattern instruction sheets. You will learn essential garment making techniques along the way.

Skill level: Suitable for students who can use a sewing machine to make simple items, and out of practice sewists who want to brush up their skills or learn more formally. Men are most welcome to attend!
You may have completed one of our Learn to Sew One Day Workshops , Beginner’s Courses or similar.   

We will provide: Sewing machines and all other equipment, beverages, handout notes and lots of very practical techniques!

Bring along: Your own sewing machine if you would prefer to learn on that instead, and your sewing kit if you have one. A beginner’s level sewing pattern you can complete within the four weeks and fabric. Your teacher can advise you on pattern and fabric choices before the course commences.

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

When: Friday evenings 6.30 – 9

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

Please familiarise yourself with our Refund and Cancellation Policies before booking.

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

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Beyond Basics Short Course 4 weeks
A four week (10 hour) short course for ‘beyond basics’ sewists over four Friday evenings.

Students may have completed one of our Learn to Sew One Day Workshops , Beginner’s Courses or similar.
This Beyond Basics Short Course will focus on using sewing patterns to make simple garments including:

  • where to find  a good selection of sewing patterns around Melbourne and online
  • source, download and print a pdf pattern from the internet
  • read the vital information about style, sizing and fabric found on the pattern envelope
  • understand the various components of the instruction sheet and the pattern pieces (layout, symbols, measurements).
  • compile and trace, home-printed and tissue patterns in preparation for cutting
  • layout the fabric, pin down the pattern and cut it out.
  • transfer markings and prepare the cut pieces for sewing

Depending on the project you choose to make you will learn skills such as:

– Applying interfacing and attach a facing or waistband.
– Attaching neck bindings (both bias and stretch)
–  Special techniques for sewing stretch fabrics
– Setting in sleeves
– Making buttonholes and attaching pockets.

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. 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.