So you've decided to take your sewing skills from a beginner level to sewing your own fashion projects? Well, if you need a little help on the details of where to start, Superprof is here to help!
Before looking at any design or sewing courses, you should think about the type of course you want, based on your skills, your interests and your history with the craft.
For total beginners, you might want to start with an essential skills course. Lessons would cover the basics about your sewing machine, working with patterns and more.
After mastering the basics, students are free to start down more specialist paths. There are so many areas of sewing that people often don't consider when choosing their new class.
You could try different forms of hand sewing techniques from crochet to knitting, or continue with your machine and learn to work with different fabrics as well as details about patternmaking.
Whichever type of class you're more interested in, you're sure to find a great sewing school in your area that can teach you the full range of skills that you will need to start sewing your own garments in no time!
Here are our top picks for sewing courses across different Australian cities. And remember, if you prefer your lessons to be one-on-one, you can always start learning with a Superprof tutor!
Try a Sewing Workshop in Sydney
For those looking to join a sewing workshop in Sydney, you're really spoiled for choice. There are plenty of courses to try, with class length ranging from hours to weeks. Here are some of the best choices:
- Sydney Community College: One of the main centres for adult learning in the city, SCC offers a range of short courses from Sewing Essentials to Patternmaking to Garment Alteration. Their classes are generally small and run by people who know how to teach the skills they've gained through years of experience.
- Couture Arts Fashion Academy: For those who are serious about their sewing project and want to do more than just the odd session here and there, CAFA offers long courses which range from 27.5 to 77 hours. Session by session, you will go from learning basic skills like working with a commercial pattern to more professional garment making techniques. Classes cost around $20 an hour and you will have to provide some of your own equipment.
- Sydney Creative: Courses here are divided into beginner and intermediate levels, with each session focusing on different techniques you will need to sew beautiful garments. You can try a more intensive garment making course that is run in 20 hours over a few weeks, or just have fun with a short workshop like their 'Sew a Tote Bag' class which focuses on basic techniques like sewing straight lines.
Learn to Sew in Melbourne
Melbourne is another city bursting with some of the best classes where you can learn, create and improve your garment-making skills and techniques. Some great class options are:
- Tessuti Shop: While they don't the largest range of courses, the Tessuti Shop are materials experts, and will be able to share interesting details and essentials about working with different fabrics. Their beginner session is more self-paced than most others, so it's perfect for those who want to work away on their own project with assistance available when needed. At just $100 for a 4-hour session, it certainly won't break the bank.
- Thread Den: This school will blow you away with the sheer range of sewing and design courses they offer. You can try knitting or crochet classes for beginners, learn to create specific garments like a shirt or shift dress, or work on techniques for details like overclocking or patternmaking. They even provide online classes, so you can connect with your digital class with just a click of a button.
- The Gaye Abandon School of Sewing and Upcycling: Located in the city's Inner West, this school focuses on learning to make their own clothes as a way of reducing waste and being more environmentally friendly with our fashion choices. They run open level classes where anyone can join to ask for assistance with their individual project, as well as online consultation where teachers will give you friendly advice about your garment.
Short Sewing Classes in Perth
While there isn't quite the same range of schools available in bigger cities like Sydney or Melbourne, Perth is still home to a bustling and vibrant fashion design and garment making community, ready to teach any beginner all they know. Try a workshop at:
- Sew For Life: Run by people who are passionate about the craft and want every student to see their design projects through, Sew For Life can give adults and kids alike the opportunity to learn and create. You can try a Sew from Scratch Course, or work on techniques that are a little more advanced like the Bias like a Boss dressmaking course. Costs can vary, but the short beginner course runs are $395 for 15 hours of tuition.
- Sewdeliska: Many people try these classes just for their beautiful, custom-built studio, but there are other reasons to give this school a go. One is their small classes, which can be as small as just 4 sewists. They also run a special workshop once every month, like the Fabric Fun-da-mentals class, where students looked at the mechanics of different fabrics and how to choose the right material for your pattern or garment.
Join Lessons About Sewing in Brisbane
People who are looking to try a sewing course have plenty of choices in Brisbane, no matter if they're looking for something casual or intensive, or whether they want to try machine sewing, knitting, crochet and more. Here are some of the best choices for your next class:
- Sewing Workshop: One of the older sewing schools in the city, the Sewing Workshop offers around 20 different class types, all designed to teach adults how to excel in diver areas of fashion like Dressmaking, Fitting and Patternmaking. They offer short courses for teenagers and children as well that focus on making garments from PJ pants to a beach bag. Courses usually last for around 5 weeks and cost around $300-$400.
- Sewing Adventures: One of the features that sets this school apart from others is the short Project Masterclasses they offer that focus on learning how to create a specific garment from a lingerie set to leather bag making. Classes offered change each term based on season and guest teachers, but you can join at any time during the year. Each short course can cost anywhere from $150-$250, based on course hours and equipment.
Learning to Sew in Adelaide
For beginners looking to study anything from basic sewing concepts to more advanced techniques like how to create your own pattern to fit your body and style, Adelaide is a great place to be. Check out some of these great course options in your city:
- TAFE SA: Here adults in all industries can come to improve their skills and deepen their knowledge, and that includes sewing! The 'Sew your own Fashion course will teach anyone who wants to join how to read commercial patterns, including fit adjustments, as well as how to master basic cutting and sewing techniques. This course isn't designed for absolute beginners, and some knowledge of how to use a sewing machine is expected. The cost is just $390 for 24 hours of classes (just $16 an hour).
- The Sewing School: This school in Adelaide's inner-city offers courses for adults and children, with terms beginning every 5 weeks or so. Classes run at $200 for a 5-week course or $40 per 3 hours lesson. In these workshops, you can choose the garment you would like to make (as long as it matches your skill level) and go to teachers for assistance whenever you need it.
- Julie Couzner: Classes here run for 5 weeks at a time and are offered to anyone from beginners to advanced dressmakers. With classes being full at just 6 sewists, a course at Julie Couozner is guaranteed to be more intimate and individual student-focused. Classes run for 3 hours each week and cost just $220 for a 5-week term.
So, whether you're totally new to the sewing game, or have been knitting, doing crochet or making patterns for years, you're likely to find a class in your area that will suit all of your needs.
If you don't find something to fit your needs, there are Superprof tutors across Australia that are ready to provide private sewing tuition in person and even online!
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