Sewing classes



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.





Wednesday 7th  9am-noon and 12.30pm-3.30pm

Thursday 8th  9am-noon and 12.30pm-3.30pm

ADDED SESSION: Wednesday 14th 12.30pm-3.30pm

Saturday 17th  1pm-4pm  Now Saturday 24th

Wednesday 21st  9am-noon and 12.30pm-3.30pm



Saturday 7th  1pm-4pm

Wednesday 11th  9am-noon and 12.30pm-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


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!

I’m also offering the option of making An A-Line Skirt in a Day, or A Cowl Neck Dress in a Day.  These are FREE options for anyone in the class.  I provide the pattern, instructions and finished garments to try on for size, and you bring the fabric of your choice.  It should take about a day (= 2 classes) to either finish or get far enough along to finish at home.


Sewing classes A line skirt

The A-Line Skirt has a faced waist, back zip and patch pockets.

Download the details and materials list here: An A line skirt in a day materials











Sewing classes aqua dress


The Cowl Neck Dress is an easy to wear dress with optional in-seam pockets.

A great pattern for a Little Black Dress or in a print.

Download the details and materials list here: A Cowl Neck Dress in a Day materials







I have patterns/garments for both in sizes 10-18; please advise when booking if you’re outside this range.

Clare Fashion and Fabrics sell all the materials required for these projects.





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.


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