Sewing Pattern Basics Workshop Sunday 31st March 2pm – 5pm


Want to sew your own clothes from paper patterns, but haven’t a clue what to do with that mysterious wad of tissue paper with lines all over it that’s called a sewing pattern? Then this is the class for you!

 In this three hour workshop you will learn to:
  • 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 and pin down the pattern.
  • transfer markings and prepare the cut pieces for sewing

We will provide: Pins, scissors, snacks, handout notes and lots of very useful tips and tricks!

Bring along: Your paper pattern, fabric if already purchased, sharp cutting scissors if you have some.

Our small class numbers (maximum 6 students) allow your teacher to give each student lots of personalised attention.
For students keen to start make clothing and other items using sewing patterns, this class can be taken in conjunction with the Sewing Machine Basics Workshop running on Saturday 5th May.

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

When: Sunday 31st March 2pm – 5pm

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 all our Refund and Cancellation Policies before booking. By booking this workshop you are agreeing to these policies.

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Sewing Pattern Basics Workshop Sunday 31st March 2pm – 5pm

Learn to read and cut paper patterns in this 3 hour Sewing Pattern Basics workshop.

Understanding how to use a sewing pattern is the first step in learning how to sew your own clothes and with so many great patterns out there now is the time to start!

The internet is becoming an increasingly popular place to source and purchase interesting patterns from independent designers. Patterns are often available as PDF downloads which have the advantage of being cheaper and instantly accessible. You’ll be shown how to prepare PDF patterns for cutting and will be given a comprehensive list of links to the best indie pattern designers on the web.

Many patterns these days come with multiple sizes printed on the one sheet which makes for an even more confusing maze of lines and symbols, so we’ll do a quick how-to on tracing a single size from a multi-size pattern.

For students who have little or no experience using a sewing machine, this class can be taken in conjunction with the Sewing Machine Basics Workshop also running on Sunday August 6th (9am – noon). Get $10 off when you purchase both classes

A minimum of four students is required for the class to go ahead. Contact us if you have any questions