Souraya - Prof fashion design - Ashbury


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  • Hourly rate $65
  • Response Time 17h
  • Number of students 11
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LEARN COUTURE SEWING TECHNIQUES! 10+ years experience running my own luxe custom made bridal and eveningwear label! HSC and Fashion School Students Welcome!

    • Ashbury
    • at their home

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About the lesson

Specialising in custom made couture techniques, we can tailor the lessons so you can learn specific things you may be interested in. Fashion Tutoring Sydney also has a range of exclusively curated courses ranging from 60hours to 3hours covering a range of different learning objectives. Please reach out to request a copy of the course booklet.

I will provide copy of basic block pattern for you to keep, calico for design testing and the use of all in house tools required to complete your sessions including pattern making tools, needles and threads as well as access to my industrial sewing machines for sewing during the lesson.

Many of my students have come to me with little to no sewing experience and after completing their internship were able to design, draft and create a gown from scratch.

I believe the best way to learn is hands on!

I work one on one in my studio to teach every step involved in custom made gowns from pattern construction, internal structure, hand sewing and machine sewing, lace work and beading, selection of fabrics and fabric education, finishings and much more.

Everything involved in creating luxurious glamorous bridal and evening gowns.

** Help for HSC/fashion school projects available.

Course content list includes the following range of topics (selected with you based on your project needs)

* Padding up a dress form to custom size
* How to use an industrial sewing machine
* How to read and understand evening and bridal pattern block
* Pattern making using a block; custom design
* Understand how to order meterage of fabric for a design
* How to select appropriate fabric for your design
* How to layout and cut fabric for your design
* Measuring client, fitting client and how to apply alterations at all stages
* Basic sewing techniques which would include:
* Seams; straight, cornered, curved, under stitching, topstitching, french seams, panel seams, etc
* Darts
* Gathering
* Hand sewing techniques specific to bridal and evening wear finishings
* Zips
* Buttons and roulette loops
* Hems; rolled, blind, bagged out, crinoline hemming, etc
* How to apply full linings
* Internal structure; boning and cups
* Fabric manipulation; gathering, ruffles, draping, ruching, bias cut, internal petticoat construction
* Lace application by hand and machine
* Custom beading design and application/embellishment design and application
* Veils - plain or embellished
* fabric, lace and trim/material sourcing at wholesale level
* corset/bodice and skirt patternmaking via draping/moulage on the mannequin


  • Fashion Design
  • Sewing
  • Sewing machinery
  • +1



  • English


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About Souraya

I am a fashion design, textiles and footwear graduate in Sydney, Australia. With 13+ years experience in couture bridal and evening wear, I run my own label creating custom luxe gowns for individual clients. I have taught many local and international interns/students through hands on experience in my studio.



  • 5h: $350
  • 10h: $650


Discounted Package prices available.

For sessions and prices tailored to your needs please contact us to discuss in detail.

Student discount applicable for extended hours.

Learn more about Souraya

  • 01

    When did you start practising? How did this passion find you?

    I learnt how to sew from the age of 12. From a very young age, I always had an interest in fashion. Using my mothers walk in the wardrobe as a personal space to play dress-ups, creating flamboyant outfits, was my favourite pastime. High school gave me my first opportunity to sit at a sewing machine and sew a garment and I just knew that fashion was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Having studied a scholarship fashion diploma, working in ready to wear and couture I learned that couture was what I wanted to create. Extravagant gowns and outfits! I was given a rare opportunity to open my own store at the age of 21 designing and hand-making bridal and evening gowns for private clients.

  • 02

    Which artists or works inspire you the most?

    All the high-end couture designers both past and present: Chanel, Dior, Elie Saab, Basil Soda, Georges Chakra, Alexander McQueen, Oscar De La Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, James Worth, Maison Martin Margiela... to name a few! And I'm always exploring seasonal RTW and Couture collections to stay updated with new designers and new trends.

  • 03

    What are the specific qualities or skills required to succeed in this area?

    An intense passion. It is not an easy industry to get into or to survive in so your passion needs to be strong, almost personal. You need a willingness or eagerness to learn and evolve with the industry and new trends to stay relevant. All the other skills can be learned.

  • 04

    What is the most valuable advice you can give to help someone stay focused on creative projects?

    Stay true to yourself as a creative. Create things that you love and never compare yourself to other designers. Time management is the key to success! Give yourself goals and deadlines and stick to them.

  • 05

    How would you describe your passion; how does it make you feel?

    I truly believe that creativity is genetic, it's seeded inside you and you are inspired by everything around you - people, nature, music, culture and if you listen to your instincts your creative flair will thrive. When I come up with a new design, I get excited to create it. When i am working for a private client the most exciting part is the finish when the perfect fit and attention to detail shines and the client beams in their gown - my happiness comes from that sense of satisfaction. When tutoring, seeing each student bring their ideas to life with the skills and techniques I pass on to them is magic for me! Seeing students go on to experiment and create using the fundamentals I teach them is fulfilling.

  • 06

    What creative achievements are you particularly proud of?

    Creating memories and being part of very special milestones in the lives of my private clients. And seeing my students succeed in their careers and or go on to start their own successful businesses. My red carpet design I have created which generated positive media buzz.

  • 07

    Have you ever been surprised by a student; by their ability or quick progression?

    Yes, always! My lessons are one on one so the time spent teaching the design, patternmaking and sewing skills and techniques, in detail and seeing my students absorb all this information and take that to the next level makes me so proud.

  • 08

    Being a Superprof is an art! What is your secret?

    My passion for couture design and sewing and my desire to teach these skills with a focus on teaching in an alternative way to traditional fashion courses and seeing students learn and succeed is my secret!

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