Sewing Workshop CityEast College

Course Outline

A hands-on sewing course to help you make cutting edge adults' or children garments. Work at your own speed and ability to produce a garment using a commercial pattern. Learn how to read and understand patterns and sewing instruction sheets, tips and tricks for good garment construction and fitting, gain or improve your cutting and sewing techniques (including straight, zig zag and stretch stiches) and have fun as you experiment with fabric layout and design. You just need enthusiasm – we’ll show you the rest.

Experienced sewers are welcome to join and work at their own pace on individual projects.

Ideal for...

Anyone who wants to learn how to start making clothes. No experience necessary.


  • Learn how to accurately measure yourself and others for sewing projects.
  • Learn how to follow a basic pattern
  • Learn how to make simple pattern adjustments.
  • Gain a basic understanding of garment construction.

What to bring

  • pen and notepad
  • Sewing Machine *(optional) - it is preferable to learn on your own machine. College machines are available to use – however, you may need to share with other students.
  • manual for your sewing machine (optional -see above)
  • pattern: beginners should choose a simple pattern – straight skirt, draw string pants/shorts, sleeveless & collarless dress, top or vest *
  • fabric: The reverse of your pattern envelope will tell you how much fabric you need to buy. We recommend choosing a cotton, rayon or linen fabric for the first garment. N.B. Avoid stripes, checks, velvets and soft flimsy fabrics and fabrics with any stretch in them
  • 2 reels of thread (one reel to match your fabric and one in contrasting colour)
  • dressmakers pins (long) & hand sewing needles
  • 2 pairs of scissors (large for cutting fabric and one for cutting paper)
  • tape measure
  • an unpicker
  • tailor’s chalk

Other information

Please note - Alterations are not covered in this course.
Patterns are not sized in the same way as clothing bought in stores. You will need to take your measurements then check the measurements on the pattern to ensure you are buying the right size. Patterns are sized far smaller, generally – it’s not unusual for a size 8 person to need a size 14 or 16 paper pattern.

All courses need a minimum number of students to run. If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed. For your convenience information about class cancellations or changes are made initially via email and SMS, please ensure these details are correct.

This course has no current classes. Please to be notified of vacancies and similar courses.

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