Sewing and Patternmaking Classes

April 6th workshop
Channel the 80’s with this easy-to wear, zero waste dress! Join my workshop on Saturday 6th April, 9-3.30, and wear it home. A great introduction to an easy zero waste cutting concept.

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Pop-up sewing classes

It’s fun to sew in a group! 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, master that technique and extend your sewing knowledge.

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 welcome!

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


Saturday 23rd, 1-4


Saturday 6th 9-3.30 Special workshop: zero-waste one-seam dress

Wednesday 10th 9-noon, 12.30-3.30

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

Cost: $35 per three hour session

The workshop on April 6th is $70 for the six hour session

Maximum of 8 people per class, 6 for the workshop

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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