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Workshops

Focussed sessions where you will work on and complete a garment within the lesson time - workshops are great for learning new garment techniques, and fun, relaxing weekends. Great for those tired of mass-produced shop bought garments, or anyone who wants to bring a bit of their own personality to the clothes they wear. Participants must be capable sewers, with recent basic garment making experience.

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 lovetosew@kuruicottage.com

Copy Your Clothes

Next Classes Begin:

Term 4 2023, not yet on sale

Three x 2 hour lessons

$130 per person, includes the materials you need to draw up your pattern and make your toile.

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

Re-create a much loved, worn-out wardrobe item.

Learn how to copy an existing piece of clothing - make a pattern, sew and fit a toile. You will take home a pattern you can use to sew your copied garment.

 

The skills you will learn in this workshop will help you re-create all your much loved clothing items as they near the end of their life - those items are usually the ones that suit us and make us look our best, so they deserve to live on! 

 

We recommend that you start by copying a basic uncomplicated style while you learn & practise new techniques. You may need to do some homework between the classes.

You will learn & practice the following techniques:

  • How to trace, draw and prepare your pattern pieces (your pattern will be yours to keep and take home)
  • How to stitch together & fit your toile (a test garment for perfecting your fit)
  • How to transfer pattern alterations to your pattern

You will need to bring along:

  • an article of clothing you would like to replicate
  • Your sewing kit: scissors, tape measure, pins, tailors chalk etc.
  • Your sewing machine, power cord, bobbins & accessories or if you prefer, use one of our lovely computerised machines
  • Sewing machine needles

Reusable Pads - Dignity Drive

Next Classes Begin:

March 2024

Please email to register your interest 

Includes all materials

$Free!

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

Join us to make reusable sanitary pad packs for donation to the bi-annual Dignity Drive collection (run by Share the Dignity).


Donations of suitable fabric offcuts such as PUL, flannelette, 100% cotton woven, cotton lycra knits, microfleece, suede cloth, and bamboo fleece will always be gratefully received!


We are now a registered donation collection point for our area.


While helping out this charity, you will learn to make a basic reusable panty liner and gain the skills you need to be able to make your own personalised sanitary pads. 

Make a Tailors Ham &/or Seam Roll

Next Class Begins:

Term 4, 2023 - tickets not yet on sale

One Two Hour Session

$40 per person - includes all materials

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

Every serious dressmaker or tailor needs a tailors ham for their workroom, so join me  to make one for your sewing space - you don't have to settle for a vanilla, mass-produced shop bought one!


A tailors ham is a firmly stuffed cushion which is used to mould shaped areas of garment construction such as darts. Pressing on a curved form allows a garment better to fit body contours.

A tailors sausage or sleeve roll is used as an aid when pressing sleeves, or awkward spaces such as bags.


You can choose to make one, or both. All materials are included, however you can bring your own fabrics if preferred. I will have supplies for stuffing available on the day.

Modern Cloth Nappies

Next Classes Begin:

This workshop is now being run on request only - please email to arrange a suitable time for your workshop

One three hour session

$75 per person, including all materials

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

A hands-on workshop where you will make a re-usable cloth nappy


The impact of disposable nappies is well documented - by making your own reusables, you can drastically reduce not only the rubbish you create, but also the cost of clothing your baby. 


The cost of this workshop includes a kit containing all the materials you will need to sew an All-In-2 nappy and a bamboo soaker pad and you will also take home a set of workshop notes full of useful information on nappy care, patterns & suppliers, and instructions for making extra pairs.


The nappy is fully adjustable, featuring a Velcro waist closure and snapped rise. It is designed to fit babies from approximately 3 - 14kgs

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