Sewing: Clothing Alterations Workshop

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Learn alterations and upcycling with our Sewing courses in Sydney.

Upcycling is an approach to design where you can transform by-products, waste, or disused materials or products into something new of better quality and greater value.

Using garments from your existing wardrobe, second-hand or vintage clothing, you will learn various creative techniques to re-purpose and up-cycle garments and will have time to put this into practice by creating your own garments over several weeks.

After this course, you will leave with a feeling of accomplishment. You’ll take home skills so that if you want something new, you can create it without spending money or going to any store.

Prior basic sewing machine experience is necessary for this class.

Course outcomes

By the end of this course you will have learned:

  • The basics of up-cycling garments – what it is and how to put some of the techniques into practice.
  • How to make good headway on, or have finished, an up-cycling project.
  • Students will have developed a basic knowledge of some up-cycling techniques and skills, that they can now implement into their own future projects.

Course content

Bring along 2-3 garments of your own choice and we will teach you various upcycling techniques and methods to create unique and wonderful garments for you to enjoy again. The workshops will be led by the tutor, with demonstrations at the beginning of each session with some inspiration for design changes and upcycling suggestions for garment transformation. You will then have time to work on your own design and projects, with one-on-one support from the tutor. The tutor will advise, assist and guide you so that you leave the workshop feeling confident and equipped with upcycling skills to take into your own future projects. There will also be opportunities for learners to support and learn from each other through group discussions on work in progress and finished work. All of this will be done in a relaxed and inspiring environment.

Please bring to class

The following items must be supplied by students and will be needed on the first night:

  • Second-hand, vintage clothing, and any old materials or trims that you are keen to work with. 2-3 pieces of clothing will work well
  • Pen and notepad
  • Fabric cutting scissors
  • Thread cutting snips/ scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Drawing chalk/ fabric pen
  • Pins and hand sewing needles
  • 1 reel of white and 1 reel of dark coloured sewing thread
  • Needles for the sewing machine
  • 2 x Clear plastic Janome bobbins
  • Glass headpins
  • A water bottle, keep cup and snacks / a meal

Basic kits with the bare essentials are available for purchase for $20 directly from the front office. Each kit contains:

  • Glass headpins
  • White sewing thread
  • A tape measure
  • Thread clippers
  • A cream zipper
  • 2 x clear plastic bobbins

You are welcome to bring along your own machine (if portable) if you would prefer to learn on it.
If students' have any ideas on what they’d like to create, they can bring images or inspiration along. This isn’t necessary though.

  • NEEDLES: The machines on campus take standard domestic sewing machine needles. They will have 130/705 H on the packaging somewhere to tell you they are domestic type, which is different from the code for the size of the needle (an 80 or 90 size needle is best for use with sew-all thread).
  • BOBBINS: They must be plastic, not metal. They must be designed for TOP LOADING or “Drop-In” machines. The best bet is to buy a pack that says it’s suitable for Singer Drop In machines or Janome Drop In machines (either one will work on both machines). Avoid “universal” bobbins as there is no one-size-fits-all bobbin.
  • THREAD: a quality thread brand is recommended. Some of the more common household brands are Gutermann, Rasant, Mettler, Aurifil.
  • Please wear closed-in shoes.

All our sewing courses are limited to 12 places which enables the tutor to give each student plenty of one-to-one guidance and instruction.

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