How to Understand Sewing Pattern Measurements

The what, where, why & how of taking measurements

Next Available: Sun, 10 May 1:00PM
2.0 hours
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This is a 2 hour workshop with game changing knowledge! 

We are going to help you understand how to make clothes that will fit and that you'll actually wear. 

When you pick up a sewing pattern envelope, you do not choose the size you buy at the shops. Sewing pattern sizes are not the same as retail sizes, we will explain it all and teach you how to choose which size to make. 

We will take you through ease, how to assess the finished garment measurements, and learn how and where to take your measurements.

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What you will learn
  • How & where to take measurements
  • Work out the finished size, understand ease & decide which size to make
  • How to blend between sizes
What you will get
  • A set of your own measurements for dressmaking
  • An understanding of pattern sizing
  • Detailed notes covering it all
Parking Info
  • Level 1, 329 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Look for the red door.
  • Most Brunswick St parking is ticketed & max' 2hrs. However, longer time parking is available in the paid Coles Car Park.
  • Public Transport is the ideal way to get here - jump on the 11 tram & get off at Johnston St.

What to wear


Appropriate for

Everyone! This is relevant to all sewing levels


Thread Den

Vendor since 2013

Learn to sew and make your own clothes.

Located on Melbourne's vibrant Brunswick Street, in Fitzroy. At Thread Den you can start at the very beginning, take your skills to the next level, and find your own unique style.

At Thread Den it's just like a friend (a super nice clever one) teaching you and a few friends to sew. There is no need to clear off a space and find somewhere to work at home. When you come in; take advantage of having all the equipment on hand, lovely big cutting tables, smooth running Janomes with plenty of feet accessories, inspiring resources, and friendly people to chat to. Everything is right here. 

Students simply need to bring along their fabric, matching thread and notions like buttons, zips, etc.  Your teachers have years of experience, their own labels and businesses, and the desire to share their skills and craftsmanship with you.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy


  1. Cancellation requests received the day before, the day of, or any time after a course start are not be eligible for a refund, are not eligible for transfer, and are not eligible for credit towards another course.
  2. All cancellations are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.
  3. Refunds will be processed back to the original payment method less the 25% fee.
  4. Refunds are processed as soon as notification of cancellation is received, allow approximately 3 days for your banking institution to show the refund to your account. UPDATE March 2019 - We are not processing refunds during the COVID-19 crisis. Processing will return to normal after the shutdown is lifted.

Request for Transfer:

  1. Bookings (without date changes) are fully transferrable to another person without incurring any penalty.
  2. Participants may request a transfer to their booking without penalty up until fourteen (14) days prior to the course or workshop start date.
  3. Participants transferring their booking within fourteen (14) days prior to the course or workshop start date incur a $10 administration fee.
  4. Requests to transfer received the day before, the day of, or any time after a course start will not be eligible for a refund, are not eligible for transfer, and are not eligible for credit towards another course.

Notice periods above are based on your original booking date, if a transfer has been made, the notice periods do not reset.

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26 February 2020 • How to Understand Sewing Pattern Measurements

I had 2 classes with Megan in Thread den and really enjoyed the session and learned good skills about sewing. Megan is great, patient with instructive skills. I will definitely back to Thread Den to learn more techniques .

Thread Den


thank you for your feedback Nastaran. We agree - Meagan is a great teacher! See you again soon.


24 February 2020 • How to Understand Sewing Pattern Measurements

An excellent class on understanding sewing pattern measurements, accompanied by a knowledgeable and personable teacher, and loads of very useful information about taking measurements. I thoroughly enjoyed this class. Georgina


13 October 2019 • How to Understand Sewing Pattern Measurements

Such a great course, the magic missing trick to successful sewing...!

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