🧡TEENS | Sewing 2: Beginner Skirt

🧡TEENS | Sewing 2: Beginner Skirt

Ages 12-17 | Level 2: Beginner Plus | 2 days


  • Skill Level 2 - Beginner Plus: Must have recent experience with using a sewing machine.

This two-day course is perfect for teens who already have some sewing experience and want to start sewing garments. 


⚠️Before Booking ⚠️
Attendees must have some experience sewing and have sewing experience before attending.
If not, first enrol in one of the following :


In this two-day sewing course, teens will make a full-on gathered skirt from start to finish.

They will learn:

  • How to use a garment sewing pattern
  • How to take sewing body measurements
  • How to select the correct sewing pattern size
  • How to layout fabric and place pattern pieces correctly
  • How to stitch seams, sew gathering, stitch an elastic casing, hem and more...

The goal is for each teen to leave the course with a skirt they have sewn from start to finish. However, this depends on the ability and pace of each student.

Studio machines will be used during the day and project supplies are provided. 

Just bring a water bottle and a packed lunch.


Want to Bring Your Own Sewing Machine?

⚠️Attendees are required to already know how to thread and operate their own machine.

If the attendee isn't familiar with the machine they intend to bring they will be at a disadvantage

To avoid this, enrol in ▶️TEENS | Sewing 1: Machine Basics and learn how to use the machine first⚠️

Bernina, Brother, Elna, Husqvarna, Janome, Pfaff, Singer machines are welcome.
No mini, toy or handheld sewing machines are permitted - they are not suitable for this event.
If you're unsure, get in touch before booking.

Make sure the machine is in proper working order

  • If you’re not sure how to check, if it’s a second hand machine or it hasn’t been used in a few years, take it to a reputable sewing machine workshop, they may suggest it needs to be serviced
  • Avoid advertisers on Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace, in my experience, they don’t do a good job and sometimes make the machine worse.
  • This avoids frustration in class due to a faulty machine.

Be sure to bring the power cord and foot control pedal & extra accessories

  • Bring the "bits & bobs" that come with your machine - such as extra presser feet, spare needles, etc
  • Make sure the power cord and foot control pedal are in good condition (i.e. no exposed wires) and are stored with the machine so they are not forgotten
  • If you have  the manual - bring it in case it's required.

Ensure there are 2-3 empty spare bobbins with the machine

  • These are essential to operating the sewing machine - some machines do not work with generic bobbins
  • if not, be sure to purchase the correct type - if you’re not sure make a note of your sewing machine brand and model (taking a photo is a good idea too) and visit a reputable sewing machine workshop near to you


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What you will learn

  • How to use a garment sewing pattern & select the correct sizes
  • How to correctly layout fabrics and pattern pieces for best results
  • How to stitch seams, sew gathering, hems and waistbands

What you will get

  • Project kit: Sewing pattern, fabric, thread & elastic
  • Use of studio tools and sewing machines
  • Small class size - max 4 - plenty of teacher attention
Parking Info

The studio is located at a private suburban residence, East of Norris Road.

Street address is included in the confirmation email once attendees have booked.


On-street parking is available 


🔗Click here for bus stops and bus routes to use.🔗

What to bring

  • Enclosed shoes
  • Packed lunch
  • Water bottle

What to wear

Enclosed shoes must be worn while in the studio

Appropriate for

TEENS | Suitable for experienced beginners with previous sewing experience.

Bringing Your Own Sewing Machine?

Bernina, Brother, Elna, Husqvarna, Janome, Pfaff, Singer machines are welcome. No mini, toy & handheld. Otherwise, contact before booking.

Make It Nifty holds sewing and dressmaking classes in Bracken Ridge 30 minutes North of Brisbane CBD. 

At Make It Nifty students are taught sewing techniques and knowledge while having a good time.

Students are encouraged to “give it a go”; progress is better than perfection. Students should leave class feeling happy that they have tried something new; proud that they made something with their own two hands and skill, and confident they could do it again.

Make It Nifty is a (very) small private business that was started in 2015 on Vanessa’s dining table.

Make It Nifty is now located in a studio space on the ground floor of Vanessa’s home in Bracken Ridge.

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5.0 (1 review)
Aliciarated it
20 Jan 2024
Vanessa is so lovely, she explains everything so well, much better than my teacher at school. I love my skirt and I am so proud of it! Thank you Vanessa I will definitely be back next holidays, you made it so much fun. .
Make It Nifty - Beginner & Garment Sewing Classes 09 Feb 2024

Hi Alicia,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a 5-star review! 🙏
You should be proud of making a fabulous skirt.
Lots of gathering, but well worth the effort :).
Looking forward to seeing you in the studio again. 🧵
- Vanessa

Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 15 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$35.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 8 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$10.00 applies.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Make It Nifty or organised by Make It Nifty must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Make It Nifty

By registering for a class/event, Students/Attendees and Parents/Guardians agree to release and hold harmless Make It Nifty, its representatives and employees, for any accident that may occur to a Students/Attendees while attending any activities held by Make It Nifty.

  • Activities at Make It nifty include risks that may lead to injury. 
  • Sewing includes the use of machines, needles, scissors, irons and other tools and substances that may cause property damage, injury, death or other harm.
  • Students/Attendees must behave in a safe and sensible manner.
  • If Students/Attendees behave in a way that endagers themselves or others they will be removed from the class/event.
  • If Students/Attendees are removed due to their behaviour their class/event fee is forfeited.
  • If Young Students/Attendees are removed from a class/event their Parent/Guardian will be contacted to collect them immediately.


By registering for a class/event, Students/Attendees and Parents/Guardians give permission for first aid and/or medical treatment to be given to the Students/Attendees they have registered if the need arises, and to the pay costs that are associated with said first aid and/or medical treatment.


I agree to give Make It Nifty unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Make It Nifty  classes and events or on Make It Nifty premises. (For use of Make It Nifty marketing materials).

  • Make It Nifty may take photos and/or videos of Students/Attendees and their projects during a class/event.
  • These photos, video and sound may be used online and in printed or digital marketing and/or social media platforms.
  • By registering for a class/event, Students/Attendees and Parents/Guardians are agreeing to the picture and/or sound of Students/Attendees being used by Make It Nifty without granting additional permissions and without compensation.


  • Classes/events begin at the scheduled start time. 
  • Students/Attendees are expected to arrive between 10 and 5 minutes before the start time so they are ready for the scheduled start time.
  • To avoid disruptions to the class/event, Students/Attendees are no longer permitted to join the class/event 15 minutes after the scheduled start time.
    • If Students/Attendees arrive more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or don’t attend at all, they forfeit their class/event fee.
  • Students/Attendees are not given refunds or credit if they miss part of a class/event or an entire class/event in a series of class/events.
  • Make It Nifty endeavours for classes/events to finish at the scheduled end time. 
    • However, class/event times are just an indication only, you may finish before or after the finishing time.
  • Parents/Guardians are required to pick up their child/ward promptly at the end of a class/event as there is no after-hours care for Youth Students/Attendees.
    • If Youth Students have not been collected within 10 minutes of class/event scheduled end time Parents/Guardians will be billed for the time elapsed since the scheduled end time for the class/event, at the rate of $2.50 per minute.


  • Rescheduling/postponing are not included as part of each booking/ticket.
  • When an attendee will not or does not attend an event they've booked, it's a cancellation of their booking.
  • Refer to the Cancellation/Refund Policy for details regarding cancellation notice periods, compensation options & processing fees.
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