Sew a Garment in a Day! Sunday 10th February 10am – 4.30pm (1 SPOT LEFT!)


Sunday 10th February 10am – 4.30pm (45 mins lunch)

A ‘beyond basics’ one day intensive workshop ideal for budding sewists who have completed one of our Learn to Sew One Day Workshops , Beginner’s Sewing Courses or can use a sewing machine to sew simple items.

This workshop focuses on learning to use commercial sewing patterns to make simple garments. You will make a cropped kimono cardigan/jacket for spring. (The price of the pattern you will use is included in the workshop fee.)

An extension of our Sewing Pattern Basics 3hr workshop, our full-day intensive will first take you through the fundamentals we learn in that session — how to read and apply the information on the pattern to find your size, lay and cut out your fabric, and prepare for sewing.
We will then go beyond these basics to construct our garment following the steps and techniques detailed on the pattern instruction sheets.

If you:

  • know the basics of operating a sewing machine but don’t know how to take your skills to the next level
  • have purchased sewing patterns and fabrics but need some help to get started
  • are confused about size, cutting out and following the pattern instructions
  • want to understand the principles of using sewing patterns such as finding straight grain, matching symbols and applying the sewing techniques detailed in the pattern instructions.
  • like the idea of making a garment in a day with the help of a knowledgeable teacher
  • want to gain sewing skills you can apply to future projects

then this is the class for you!

Your teacher: Sewing School founder and director Gaye Naismith. Gaye has a wealth of experience teaching sewing techniques and sewing pattern skills.

Skill level: You must be able to confidently use a sewing machine to construct simple items such as a cushion cover, tote bag or basic clothing item.

We will provide: Sewing machines and all other equipment. A copy of the pattern we will use in class for you to take home.

Bring along: Your own sewing machine if you would like to learn on that (we have plenty if you don’t own one). Your sewing kit if you have one. Light to medium-weight, woven  fabric for your kimono jacket and matching thread. Your teacher will be in touch with more details about fabric quantity and other materials closer to the date of the workshop.

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

When:  Sunday 10th February 10am – 4.30 (exclusive of 45 minute lunch break)

Getting here: We are just near the corner of Buckley St and Victoria St in Footscray.
3 minutes walk from Middle Footscray Station. 2 hour on-street parking nearby. See Contact Page for a map

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

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Sew a Garment In a Day Sunday 10th February 10am – 4.30pm

Learn how to sew your own clothes using a commercial sewing pattern in this Sew a Garment One Day Workshop. You will make a 3 piece lined, pencil or A-line skirt with a back zipper  in your size and learn the skills you need to get started on your own clothing projects.

In this six hour workshop you will learn:

  • how to prepare and sew together a piece of clothing using a commercial sewing pattern
  • to layout a pattern in a way that minimises fabric waste using the principal of straight grain
  • to follow the methods and steps laid out in your patterns instruction sheets.
  • more about your sewing machine
  • to attach lining and a waistband, insert a zip and finish garment professionally
  • to press (iron) during the construction process for a quality finish.

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 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 use a sewing machine is a must!

If you would like more information please contact us. A minimum of four students is required for the workshop to go ahead. 


Additional information

Session Time

Sunday 28th Oct


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