Sewing and Patternmaking Classes


Country sewing at it's finest


Come and enjoy a sewing class in a relaxed atmosphere with other like-minded, fabric-loving, creative sewers. Make yourself a garment you’ll love to wear and extend your sewing knowledge.
Experienced sewers, absolute beginners and high school students welcome!

To book, please send me an email at liz@lizhaywood (dot) com (dot) au.


Pop-up sewing class sessions:

The format is that you bring your current project or arrange to learn a new skill, and I am there to guide, advise and fit.  Experienced sewers, absolute beginners and high school students are all welcome!



Tuesday 4th 1.30-4.30pm AT RIVERTON LIBRARY as part of Adult Learning Week.  Please book at Riverton library 8847 2414

Saturday 22nd 1pm-4pm

Wednesday 26th 9am-noon, 12.30-3.30pm


Venue: Clare Uniting Church, Victoria Road.  Parking and entry at rear off Guilford St


Cost: $35 per three hour session

Maximum of 8 people per class


What to bring:

  • Your sewing machine with bobbin and bobbin case, foot pedal and cord, instruction book and accessories box with feet attachments.  You’ll also need spare machine needles.
  • Sewing kit containing scissors (fabric scissors and paper scissors), pins, tape measure, chalk pencil and unpicker.
  • Fabric and pattern for your sewing project.  Don’t forget matching thread, zips, lining fabric, interfacing, trims and buttons if you require them.  If you’re a beginner, avoid fabrics such as velvet, slippery fabrics and large checks.  Ask the shop assistant for advice or refer to the pattern.

If you’re in Clare, some places to get patterns from:

  • Commercial paper patterns can be bought online or from a fabric shop.  The closest Spotlight is Munno Para.  Spotlight’s online shop is here.  Pattern catalogues can be viewed online here.
  • Clare Fashion and Fabrics sells sewing books which may contain patterns.
  • The library also has books which contain sewing patterns.
  • Second hand shops may sell paper patterns -try the CVCO in Burton St on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Downloadable PDF patterns can be bought online.  There are lots!  Sometimes you’ll find free ones.  You print them out on A4 paper at home and sticky tape them together.  There’s nowhere in Clare to print larger size pattern sheets.
  • Patterns by mail order.  Take a look at CanDo books in Melbourne.
  • Magazines such as Burda (women’s wear) and Ottobre (childrens).  These are available by subscription but some Adelaide newsagents sell Burda.
  • Digital magazines such as One Thimble and Seamwork.



Patternmaking workshops

These one-day workshops are designed to give you a great fitting skirt or trousers block and style it to the skirt or trousers you want to make.  We’ll be discussing fit, measurements, how a pattern looks and why, how to use a block and some easy style changes.

If you’ve never tried pattern drafting, a skirt is a great introduction.

If you need guidance sewing your skirt or trousers, book into a pop-up sewing class.

Tuesday 11th September 9am-3.30pm Skirts

Saturday 15th September 9am-3.30pm Trousers


Venue: Clare Uniting Church, Victoria Road.  Parking and entry at rear off Guilford St


Cost: $120 per workshop.  A $25 deposit is required to secure your booking.  If you need to cancel, you can either forfeit your deposit or arrange for someone else to take your place.

Maximum of 4 people per class


What to bring:

  • Your regular sewing machine and sewing kit
  • Fabric scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil (the mechanical type with spare leads)
  • Rubber
  • Biro
  • Pins (no heads, long and fine)
  • Calculator
  • Your lunch
  • Notebook if you want to take notes
  • An idea, photo or sketch of a skirt or trousers you like -look at pockets, length, leg cut, waistband, details, seams etc
  • If you have them: tracing wheel, set square/L-square/perspex rulers, metre ruler

Supplied: pattern paper and card, calico, tape, rulers etc, handouts, morning/afternoon tea and plenty of inspiration!


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