Zero Waste Garment in a Day Sewing Intensive Sunday 26th September 10am – 4.30pm


Make the ZW Cropped Shirt by Birgitta Helmersson  Learn the fundamentals of using zero-waste sewing patterns to make garments, and master essential sewing techniques!

Our Garment in a Day Sewing Intensive is a one-day workshop ideal for budding sewists who have experience using a sewing machine to make simple items, but would like to learn cutting, sewing and finishing techniques specific to making garments.

The ZW Cropped shirt is a boxy top with an extended shoulder, sleeve bands, a button front and interesting design elements, made from 1 metre of fabric.

If you are an absolute beginner and would like to learn sewing machine basics, then make a simple garment,  we recommend you take our Learn to Sew Full-Day Intensive on Sunday 29th August. You could then advance your skills further with the next Garment in a Day Sewing Intensive we offer.

You will learn to:

  • understand the principles of using zero waste sewing patterns to make garments using a pattern designed by Sweden based designer Birgitta Helmersson. Birgitta is a champion of zero waste and has a great sewing pattern range.
  • read and apply the information detailed in the sewing pattern to cut out your fabric following zero waste principles, and prepare for sewing.
  • construct and finish your garment following the pattern instructions, learning essential sewing techniques along the way.

Skill level: This workshop is pitched at  ‘beyond basics’ level sewers. You must have confidence using a sewing machine to construct simple items (eg. a cushion cover, tote bag or easy clothing item).

Your teacher: Sewing school founder Gaye Naismith. Gaye has many years sewing and teaching experience and is dedicated to helping students achieve their goals while having fun along the way!

We will provide: Sewing machines, overlockers and all other equipment. Tea and coffee. A handout of zero waste sewing resources and tips for using zw patterns.

Bring along:  Your pdf download of the ZW Cropped Shirt pattern. Your own sewing machine if you prefer to use it (we have plenty if you don’t own one). A sewing kit and fabric scissors if you have them. Fabric (preferably recycled in the spirit of zw sewing) and matching thread. Your teacher will be in touch with more details about fabric recommendations, quantity and other required materials closer to the date of the workshop.

Where: At our bright, airy and spacious sewing school: Level 1, 9/131 Hyde St, Footscray

When:  Sunday 26th September 10am – 4.30 (including a 30 minute lunch break) 

Getting here: We are located in the Hyde Business Park 131 Hyde St, close to Yarraville Gardens.
Public Transport and Parking:
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) stops almost outside.
There is street parking in Hyde St and customer parking behind the complex.

Please note: Our workshops are NON REFUNDABLE and NON TRANSFERABLE.
Please familiarise yourself with all our Refund and Cancellation Policies before booking. By booking this workshop you are agreeing to these policies.

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