Grow Your Sew

Grow Your Sew are courses for those who have basic sewing skills, and are wanting to increase their confidence & extend their sewing repertoire and garment construction techniques. Select from a range of classes that will further develop your skills, or talk to me to design a course that meets your specific needs

To see & book our current scheduled classes please see the calendar on our Sewing Lessons page or visit our Facebook page and click on events.

To have any questions answered please email [email protected]

Introduction to Pattern Drafting

Next Class Begins:

February 10, 2022 1.00 - 3.00pm

Three x two hour lessons

$180, includes all materials

Pre-requisite: Confident using the sewing machine, with basic sewing experience

This workshop is suitable for those who are confident using the sewing machine, and want to be able to convert their sewing ideas into garments!

Start with just your measurements, and then learn the basics of pattern drafting while drawing up a simple skirt block. We will adapt it into a pattern and then sew up a toile to personalise the fit before exploring ways of changing the pattern to different styles.

You will learn & practice the following skills & techniques:

  • How to take measurements
  • How to convert your measurements into a personalised pattern block
  • How to convert your block into a pattern 
  • How to construct and fit a skirt toile
  • How to adapt your basic pattern into a variety of skirt styles

At the end of the class, your basic skirt block and pattern will be yours to take home and use - you might never have to buy another pattern!

Sew a Dress

Next Classes Begin:

2022, to be programmed

Three x three hour lessons, or two day workshop

$180 per person

Pre-requisite: Completion of Sewing FUNdamentals, or prior basic sewing experience

Get ready for summer and the festive season, and sew a beautiful dress!

Choose your fabric and pattern, then join us for two intensive days of sewing to make sure you're dressed to impress this party season - think statement puffy sleeves, gathers, ruffles, tiers, lace inserts or sheer fabrics. We can work together so you have the confidence to create the dress of your dreams!

We will explore different ways you can adapt a pattern to change it's look, as well as basic fitting alterations.

While sewing your dress you will learn & practice some of the following dressmaking techniques to add to your sewing repertoire:

  • Small/full bust adjustment
  • Staystitching
  • Darts
  • In-seam pockets
  • Top stitching
  • seam finishes, including French seams
  • Facings / bias facings
  • Understitching
  • Casings
  • Gathering
  • Button plackets, buttonholes and buttons
  • Hemming

Shirt Making

Next Class Begins:

February 10th 2022

Four x three hour lessons or Two day workshop


Pre-requisite: Confident using the sewing machine, with basic sewing experience

Learn and practice construction techniques for sewing a classic shirt, including:

  • pattern layout & cutting out
  • fabric pattern matching techniques
  • stay-stitching
  • Front self facings and variations
  • Patch pocket
  • Double-pointed darts
  • Yoke - Burrito method
  • Top stitching
  • Collar & Collar stand
  • Adding collar stays
  • Flat fell seams
  • Placket opening
  • Cuffs
  • Buttonholes and attaching buttons

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