Alterations and Mending

Alterations and Mending Workshop

Extend the life of your garments with simple fixes

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With a maximum of six people in the workshop, your teacher will be able to show you ways to mend or alter your garment. 

  • Learn how to replace buttons, hem your skirts and pants, repair torn seams...
  • Discover visible mending.  How to put on patches or use appliqué to fix your favourite jacket.
  • If you wanted to learn a specific mend (eg: a zip), but don't actually have an item in need, bring along some calico or fabric remnants and the supplies needed to do a sample and learn the process.
  • Perhaps we can extend the life of your clothes by replacing broken closures, adjusting length, adding darts for an improved fit, letting out or taking in seams... 

How much you can achieve in this workshop is variable and will depend on your skills, the amount of unpicking required and the size of the mend/alter' involved.  But you will hear what your fellow students have bought and what is required for their work as well.

Workshop skill levels explained – click here.

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What you will learn
  • Techniques and tips specific to your garment
  • A plan of attack to repair your garment
  • How to problem solve mending
What you will get
  • Increased knowledge and confidence mending and altering
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 bring
  • Any notions needed such as zips and buttons etc.
  • Some garments you'd like adjust or repair
  • Chocolate is always needed
What to wear


Appropriate for

✄ we can teach hand sewing techniques and if know how to thread and use - you can use sewing machines


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.

Effective 1 November 2019

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Terms & Conditions

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 studio in cash, EFT or credit card.

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

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17 January 2020 • Alterations and Mending Workshop

I enjoyed bringing some of my projects and finding out how to approach mending them. Some were my level, some too high and I didn't bother trying! It was good that people did what they were comfortable with. Also enjoyed the chats :) Will come to another workshop or Friday Sew Social I’m sure!


26 September 2019 • Alterations and Mending Workshop

Thanks Jen Was a very comfortable, community orientated get together! It was great to see everyone’s projects for alterations and also bring my own to fruition.


22 May 2019 • Alterations and Mending Workshop

I am so happy that the alterations and mending workshop is back on the timetable after several years. There is always more than one way to fix or alter a garment so it is a marvelous opportunity to bounce ideas around, or to ask for assistance if I have no idea what to do. I love this class.

Thread Den


Hi Cathy,

Thank you for a great review. We are happy to have this one back in the timetable too. While "Make do & mend" is an old adage, it is a true one! We love the trend towards visible mending, especially when you can use techniques like Japanese Boro.