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  • (6 reviews)
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Pauline
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Pauline
« Perfect! Sourya helped my daughter with her major works design project. We could not speak more highly of her. She is a fantastic teacher with infinite patience and goes above and beyond to help. We could not have done this without her! »
$55/h
1st lesson free!
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Response Time 2h
Lesson formats available..
  • One-to-one
  • Group Lessons
Lessons can be held..
  • at their place
Subjects taught
  • Fashion Design
  • Sewing
  • Sewing machinery
  • Embroidery
Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • Adult

LEARN COUTURE SEWING TECHNIQUES! 10+ years experience running my own luxe custom made bridal and eveningwear label! HSC and Fashion School Students Welcome!

Methodology

Specialising in custom made couture techniques, we can tailor the lessons so you can learn specific things you may be interested in. Or you can have the lessons tailored so that you can learn how to create a custom gown step by step from scratch.

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

Background

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.

Rates

Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $275
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $550

Details

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.

Lesson formats available..
One-to-one
Group Lessons
Lessons can be held..
at their place
Subjects taught
  • Fashion Design
  • Sewing
  • Sewing machinery
  • Embroidery
Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Professional
  • Adult

Souraya's CV

EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS
Santa Sabina College— Sydney
High School Certificate 2004 Graduate

Raffles College of Design and Commerce— Sydney
Diploma of Fashion Design, Footwear and Textiles, Scholarship 2006 Graduate
Completed Design Courses:
 Fundamentals of Fashion Design & Development
 Illustration
 Colour Theory
 Basic Patternmaking  Basic Tailoring
 Styling
 Fashion Business
 Fashion and Culture
 Fabric Manipulation  Basic Draping
 Fashion & Design Research
 Design Principles

- CARLA ZAMPATTI — Sydney
High-end ready to wear fashion house – after five evening wear
General Workroom Assistant, 2002

- Alex Perry — Sydney
High-end couture fashion house – after five evening wear
General Workroom Assistant, 2005

- Free People — Sydney
Women’s fast fashion retail store
Sales Assistant, 2005 - 2006

- Alana Haute Couture — Sydney
High-end couture fashion house – bridal and evening wear
Design Assistant, 2006 – 2008

- Bewitch Fabrics — Sydney
Retail of high-end fabrics and lace; made to measure gown workroom onsite
Sales and Workroom Assistant, 2008

- Park Avenue Bridal — Sydney
Ready to wear and couture bridal and evening wear design house
Sales and Workroom Assistant, 2008

- House of Hollywood — Sydney
High-end women’s daywear, ready to wear only including designer denim
Sales Assistant & Designer, 2008 - 2009

- Souraya — Sydney
Couture and Demi Couture bridal and eveningwear
Director/Fashion Designer, established 2007 – present

COMPUTER SKILLS
MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator (basic), Adobe Photoshop (basic)

- HAND AND LOCK LONDON - Tambour beading class
2017 - beginners class; learn how to tambour bead.

6 reviews on Souraya
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.
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Pauline

Perfect! Sourya helped my daughter with her major works design project. We could not speak more highly of her. She is a fantastic teacher with infinite patience and goes above and beyond to help. We could not have done this without her!

Souraya's response

Great student!!

5 recommendations

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Hannah

Dear Souraya
I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything. I feel like I have learnt so much with you, you have been so kind and patient teaching me things I wouldn't even learn about in university! You have been such an inspiration to me and I have come to realise which direction I want to take my career in. Enjoy your holiday, you deserve it and I hope to see you again sometime soon!
Love Hannah

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Gamma

Souraya
Thank you so much for the last 6 month's you have been so kind and taught me so much more than I ever expected to learn. I can't thank you enough! Good luck with everything in your future not that you need it!
Love Gamma xx

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Mariam

I highly recommend Souraya as a sewing tutor, she is very patient and works at the pace of the student. I am a beginner and she has taken the time to make sure that I understand everything and am confident moving along with our lessons. She takes my ideas on board and gives me her input when necessary. She is very knowledgeable about her work and her many years of experience are evident. Will definitely turn to Souraya for any future projects.

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Marlain

My experience with Souraya exceeded my expectations. I first approached Souraya to make my wedding gown. I had so many photos and ideas, and although I had a vague image in my head, I didn't have the clearest vision of what I wanted. Souraya drew up some sketches and explained the different fabrics and how each one would structure the gown differently to compliment my shape. She understood what I wanted and helped me visualise it more realisticly. At every fitting Souraya not only took my measurements and altered the gown, but she explained what she was doing and why. She was thorough, delicate, down to earth and very honest. I didn't hesitate for a minute having my next gown made with her and cannot wait to work with her again. I would highly recommend her because her work is impeccable, and her desire to educate is admirable.

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Milvy

I had been working with Souraya for about 5 years, those times i worked with her its an amaizing opportunity.

I learned so much from souraya from how to sewing and develop what a couture sewing techniques and not just that, i learn how she embraice her business how she talk to her customers and manage the every dresses in time consuming and to be on time. And the most I appreciate how souraya trust me and willing to give 100 % one on one answer weather i asking so many question like millions times over and over again until i understand.

I wont be me right now as confident and manageble in my timing without souraya.

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