Hand Sewing and Mending Workshop


Hand Sewing & Mending Workshop
Come along to a relaxing and fun afternoon of slow sewing and learn specialised hand stitching and mending techniques to prolong the life of your vintage clothing!

Learning how to wrangle a needle and thread is a valuable life skill that can save you money, save your clothes, unleash your creativity and reduce your impact on the environment!

Learn basic hand and machine techniques with which you can make simple repairs and alterations to your garments such as:
– taking/up, letting down and fixing hems on pants and skirts.
– taking side seams or waistbands in and out.
– closing or patching rips and holes
– sewing on buttons and other fasteners so they stay on

This class is suitable for both beginners and more experienced sewers. Men are encouraged to attend! Our small class numbers (max 6) allow your teacher to give each student lots of personalised attention. The class requires a minimum of 4 students to proceed.

Skill Level: From absolute beginner to advanced

Your Teacher: Nicole Jenkins of Circa Vintage has over thirty years of experience repairing and restoring vintage and antique clothing and is the author of two books, ‘Love Vintage’ and ‘Style is Eternal’.

We will provide: Pins, needles, threads, scissors and a range of preloved fabrics for you to use.

Bring along: Your vintage and op shop finds that need special mending attention. Your own sewing kit if you have one.

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


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

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions

Hand Sewing and Mending Workshop

Come along to this Hand Sewing and Mending Workshop and fix your precious vintage finds. Learn how mend and alter you vintage clothing without damaging precious fabrics.

You don’t have to know how to use a sewing machine to make and mend beautiful clothing and textiles. After all, until the first Industrial Revolution in the late eighteenth and early 19th century all fabric items were sewn by hand. It wasn’t until the invention of the sewing machine in the 1850s that hand sewing became optional.

In this hand sewing & mending workshop we will teach you specialised hand mending and alteration techniques that will help to prolong the life you your favourite clothes.

All materials and handout notes with stitches, tips and further references will be provided.

NB. If the scheduled time for this workshop does not suit you contact us to discuss an alternative time.  If you have friends, family members or colleagues you think might like to join you for some fun stitching get in touch to book a private class (minimum 4 students).

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