Understanding Measurements Workshop ✄

Next Available: Sat, 25 Aug 10:00AM
2.0 hours


In a two hour workshop we'll share with you game changing knowledge that will take you to a place where you make clothes you'll actually wear! 

Have you had a sizing disaster and your not sure why? Pattern sizes are not the same as the sizes when you buy clothes! We're going to help you understand why.

This workshop will cover: 

  • How to take measurements accurately.
  • Where to take the measurements on your body.
  • How to choose your size on the back of a pattern envelope.
  • How to work out a pattern's finished size.
  • What "ease" is.
  • The vast difference between retail sizing and dressmaking sizing.
  • How you can adapt patterns to fit the fact that our bodies are all different sizes.
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What you will learn
  • How to take accurate measurements
  • How to choose your size when sewing
  • Understanding ease
What you will get
  • A set of your own measurements for dressmaking
  • Game changing knowledge for your sewing!
  • Detailed notes
Parking Info
  • We are located at Level 1, 329 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.  It's a red door on the street between an Afghan restaurant and the N2 Gelato Bar.  If you are putting this into your GPS for directions - make sure that the address is NOT coming up as North Fitzroy. That's a couple of kilometres down the road. Totally not where you need to go.
  • Parking near Thread Den: There is very little free parking. Brunswick Street is all ticketed and restricted to as little as 2hours during some hours of the day.  Surrounding streets can also be difficult.  However, you can park for longer in the paid Coles Car Park.  When you look it up online it is listed as Johnston Street, however access is via Argyle Street.  If you park on level 1 or 2 and spend over $30 at Coles, you can get your parking for up to 4 hours reimbursed in Coles.  
  • Catch the tram. Public Transport is the ideal way to get to Thread Den - jump on the number 11 Tram and get off near the Johnston Street intersection.

What to bring
  • Nothing to bring
What to wear


Appropriate for

✄ Relevant to all sewing levels


Thread Den

Vendor since 2013

Have you played with the idea of learning to sew? Do you day dream about making your own clothes? 

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.

Thread Den is located at Level 1, 329 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Start at the very beginning, take your skills to the next level, or find your own unique style.

Bookings and Cancellations Policy Link - http://www.threadden.com/_pages/bookings_cancellations.html

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

On occasion, Thread Den is forced to cancel a class due to low booking numbers. We really don't like to do this as we love to teach people to sew, knit and crochet, but if we don't cover our costs we can't run the class. In instances where Thread Den must cancel a class, enrolled participants will be notified 24 hours or more prior to the scheduled class and will receive a credit for a replacement class or a refund as required.

There are no refunds due to change of mind.

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Terms & Conditions

Cancellations of Bookings Policy

  • If you provide notice seven or more days prior to the start of your course, you will need to pay an administration fee of $10.
  • Cancellations or changes made with less than seven days notice before the start of a course, will forfeit 50% of the paid class fee.
  • Cancellations or changes made less than 48 hours prior to class commencement will forfeit the full course fee paid.

If you miss the second or subsequent sessions of course, you cannot be reimbursed for that session. You are encouraged to come in and use the Sewing Lounge during hours so you hopefully still finish your project.

Transfers of your course or workshop booking to a friend or family are fine.

Payment Policy:

Classes at Thread Den frequently become fully booked, so we require full payment to be made at the time of booking to secure your place. 

Payment can be made conveniently online with credit card, or at the store in cash, EFT or credit card or even via credit card over the phone.

Unfortunately, we can't tentatively hold or pencil in places without payment.

Thank you for reading all the details.

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15 July 2018 • Understanding Measurements Workshop ✄

Personally I was there to find out more about ease, as it turned out it was just reading through the booklet, extremely brief, with no further explanation. Guidance in accurately taking the body measurements was not satisfactory either, since some of us were unfamiliar with that. Placing the tape measure slightly higher or lower would give your a complete different reading, again no guidance unless you asked. The public can get such information on internet, By doing a workshop you expect to get a more thorough explanation from the teacher. I got nothing out of the workshop, I left feeling I wasted my time.


24 November 2017 • Understanding Measurements Workshop ✄

Detailed class where we got to take all the different measurements and explain about the different considerations when making clothing. Very informative class if you are interested in fitting your own garments perfectly.


12 December 2016 • Understanding Measurements Workshop ✄

Very informative, certainly learned new things about retail dress sizes that I didn't know before! Thanks for the class!

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