These sewing classes are suited to both beginner & intermediate level, held in our state-of-the-art sewing production studio in Melbourne. Enrol in this sewing course and you will learn to craft your own clothes that suit and actually fit your body. You will learn from our sewing experts techniques of top designers, as well as learning how to fit & adjust commercial patterns to your size, so that your garments look professionally made.
Start your journey learning simple skills through making a pair of unisex pyjama pants and then progress to making a skirt.
Start your journey learning simple skills through making a pair of unisex pyjama pants and then progress through to making a skirt. For those who competently complete these projects you will finalize your pyjamas project by making the matching top.
• Sewing machine familiarity, maintenance & safety.
• Sewing straight lines, curved, mountains.
• Seams: open, flat, French, overlocked.
• Small Trouser Hooks and Bars.
• Vent splits.
• Skirt zipper.
• Waistband attachment.
• Buttonhole placement demonstration.
• Understanding and fitting patterns.
This is a beginner level course. Intermediate students, especially those that are self-taught, may also find it useful to attend to get expert tuition from our experienced tutors and learn sewing tips and tricks used by professionals. Places fill quickly so enrol as early as possible.
For health & safety reasons, students need to wear closed toe shoes, no thongs or sandals and long hair is to be tied back and no long necklaces or scarves worn during class.
By the end of this course, participants will have a very good knowledge of sewing and will have produced 2 or 3 garments (pyjama pants, skirt, pyjama top) depending on their individual pace of learning.
Students who complete this course can then continue their Sewing journey by moving into one of our continuing intermediate courses such as Sewing 2 (dress and pants), Alterations, Lingerie and Swimwear or Tailoring (see links below).
Pattern for Pyjamas project included in course fee. You will learn in our state-of-the-art sewing production studio using our sewing machines and overlockers.
You will receive a detailed list of materials required for this course approx 7 days before course commences, it includes fabric (approx. $15 for the first pyjama pant project) and a basic sewing kit.
Participants will be emailed an RMIT Certificate of Participation after completion.
Our very popular Sewing course is offered one night a week (6-9pm) for 10 weeks. We also deliver a Sewing Intensive course (link below) over 5 consecutive Saturdays (10am-4.30pm). The 30 hour lesson content is the same in both courses, choose what suits you best - evenings or Saturdays!
Amber Taralaikov (sat)
Kate Newton (thurs eve)
Sandra Doutsas (tues eve)
Vivien Daniels (weds eve & sat)
Sandra Doutsas has been teaching since 1983, her early years specialising in Primary Teaching. In 1994 she completed the Advanced Certificate in Designer Dressmaking (Small Business), during her studies she entered competitions and in 1995 her gown was chosen by The Australian Gown of the Year to travel in their show around Australia.
Sandra joined RMIT in 1999 to teach sewing. Since this time she has helped to build the sewing short course to a high level and it has become well known for its exceptional standards. Her passion for teaching has continued to grow. Through continued observation, she has incorporated into her classes a variety of techniques and methods that have helped her students, especially those that are just beginning their sewing journey.
In 2003 Sandra started her Fashion business in High Street, Northcote. She began with designing and making her own range of clothing and millinery as well as bespoke dressmaking for clients. She also ran sewing classes and millinery classes. Nowadays she has transformed her business into a very on-trend boutique and has successfully continued to maintain and run her classes on a regular basis. Her business has been nominated and won prizes in the Leader Business Awards as well as The Australian Business Quality Awards for Customer Service. Another of her achievements has been the appearance of her business on the TV show Coxy’s Big Break!
Vivien Daniels completed her Fashion Design and Technology studies at RMIT followed by her teacher training at Whitehorse Girls Technical School, which was affiliated with the Fashion Department at Box Hill TAFE. This provided Vivien with the opportunity to work with TAFE teachers and gain pattern making and fashion manufacturing knowledge. Vivien later returned to teach pattern making at Box Hill TAFE. She has kept abreast of developments in fashion and textile education and innovations in fashion technology.
Vivien taught textiles in the secondary education system for many years. More recently she has worked extensively in the Vocational Education and Training sector, teaching the Certificate in Applied Fashion Design and Technology to senior secondary students. Vivien considers one of her strengths to be her extensive garment construction knowledge and her ability to assist students to successfully fit their garments.
She has extensive knowledge of fibres and fabrics, their uses and suitability for different applications. Vivien also has an interest in sustainable fashion and encourages students to increase their awareness of sustainability and the impact of the fashion industry on our environment. Ideas of zero waste, recycling and up-cycling can be explored by evaluating the life cycle of garments.
Kate Newton entered the fashion industry as a passionate 18 year old and has forged a career as a patternmaker and seamstress, predominantly in bridal and evening wear. Her love of couture led her to enter and show her work around the country in the Australian Gown of the Year 2002, 2003 and 2004. She has worked for many well-known bridal stores and ran her own boutique business in Surrey Hills creating custom made gowns and ladies tailoring. It was here that she began teaching small classes and workshops and in 2009 began full-time teaching as well as mentoring fashion students and enthusiasts.
Kate has embraced her love of learning and passing on her knowledge by completing a Diploma of Vocational Education & Training and is always pursuing new endeavours to remain inspired and passionate about fashion. Her technical expertise in personal fit, patternmaking and fabrics ensures her students gain valuable insights to further their skills development.
"Great course, with flexibility to be creative at your own pace!"