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Alterations and Mending

Alterations, Fitting and Mending Workshop

Learn how to adjust and fix your garments

Next Available: Sun, 30 Jan 10:00AM (AEDT)
3 hours
Over 50 people have attended this class


Your teacher will address alterations, fitting and mending that is specific to the garments/patterns that students bring to the workshop. 

This could include:

  • How to take in or let out seams.
  • Adding darts and details to improve fit.
  • Replacing buttons, zips and closures.
  • Repairing hems and torn seams.
  • Help to get your UFOs (un-finished object) pile down!
  • Discover visible mending, patches and applique. 
  • where to insert fabric features to increase the size of garments.

If you wanted to learn specific mending (eg: a zip), but don't have an item in need of repair, bring along calico or fabric remnants and the supplies needed to do a sample and learn the process.

How much you can achieve in this workshop will depend on your skills, the amount of unpicking required and the extent of the alterations, fitting or mending involved.  

This class starts with a review of each student's first garment/pattern.  The theory and plan of attack for each student is outlined. Then your teacher will provide students with instructions one-on-one. 

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 handy sustenance

What to wear


Appropriate for

Suitable to all levels of skills. We can teach hand sewing techniques and if you do not know how to thread and use a sewing machine

Thread Den

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Learn to sew, craft and create with Thread Den. Workshops offered face-to-face and online.

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.

Thread Den has developed a teaching model that is supportive and nurturing, designed to make each student feel like the focus of our attention, whether you learn with us face-to-face or online.

At Thread Den it's just like a friend (a super nice clever one) teaching you and a few friends to sew, craft and create. 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.  

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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4.9 (7 reviews)
14 June 2021Alterations, Fitting and Mending Workshop
This is a brilliant class where you get to finish off projects and alter clothes and the teachers are so knowledgeable and helpful. Can’t thank Jen enough for helping me finish my coat.
22 April 2021Alterations, Fitting and Mending Workshop
Great teacher and a super chilled class - 3 hours went very quickly! I learned a lot, thank you!
Thread Den 26 April 2021

It was a fun class wasn't it! Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself, I hope you learnt lots :)

- Jen

30 January 2021Alterations, Fitting and Mending Workshop
This class was informal compared to other Thread Den classes. Each student bring in different projects which need alternation or mending to class. It is described in this course. I learnt different methods to alter a dress with Jenni. There were 2 of us who brought in different dresses to be made bigger due to the Covid kilo (LOL). The other lady had a dress which needed fixing on the hem and a cushion needing a zip replaced. Jenni showed us how to use an overlocker for the dress hem, and installed an invisible zip for the cushion. It was very hand on. Jenni helped us through each step. Since no one needed to take in a garment, Jenni talked us through how to do some. She was wearing a dress she took in. Jenni is very knowledgeable , fun and patient. Apart from alternation and mending, she also talked about many things that were sewing related, fabric, making pattern, why and how to do things. I really enjoyed the class.
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Refund Policy

See Terms & Conditions.

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Terms & Conditions

Taking part in a workshop at Thread Den is fun and we love teaching people our craft, but here we have to get serious for a moment:

It is your responsibility to clear your diary for the booking you've made - especially if there are multiple sessions in your course. If you want to finish your project(s), you need to attend all workshops. You'll also need to arrive on time. We can't start again because it just isn't fair to your fellow participants. 

Allow us this indulgence for a second, our workshops and courses - they are usually sold out weeks in advance. It isn't a quick switch to pop you into another workshop. If we have an appropriate session where you can attend to keep going, we will try to offer you a discounted space. If that isn't possible, you will need to book a private lesson to stay on track (the minimum cost is NM -$144 or M -$119.52). 

We also won't follow you up to check that you are coming along to class and/or that you have the right supplies for your class. Almost every workshop will require you to bring along your supplies, for some workshops we sell a supplies kit at an additional cost - but not for all. If you are unsure about what you need, just shoot us an email - info@threadden.com .  We also want you to learn and love what you make as much as possible, please carefully consider the fabrics we recommend that you use. If you choose a fabric that is suited to a more advanced level you aren't going to enjoy your experience.

We've tried to answer any questions you could have in the workshop description, but again, don't hesitate to email us for any further details or with any queries. We loooove to see that fabric you are thinking of using and sending you off to some of our favourite fabric and habby suppliers. 

Thanks for sticking with us and reading through these annoying details. Here's the stuff that is often hidden behind an *asterisk* or in teeeeenie little print:

Refund Policy

  • All refunds are subject to a 25% administration fee.
  • Refunds will only be processed back to the original method of payment.
  • Refunds are processed as soon as practicable. While Thread Den’s part of the process should be undertaken within three days of notice, the combination of the bookings platform and your banking institution’s processes will also influence the exact amount of time taken for you to receive the refund.

Transferring Your Booking

  • If you wish to transfer your booking to another workshop we require at least four days notice prior to the start date of your original workshop/course booking.
  • Bookings without date changes can be transferred to another person without incurring any penalties.
  • Changes to your workshop or the commencement date (within all other terms listed here) will incur a $10 administration fee.
  • Changes to your booking date will not reset the four day notice period.

Medical Events

  • If you are required to isolate, with the supply of a medical certificate or COVID-19 testing referral covering the date of your workshop, you will be able to transfer your booking without incurring any penalties.
  • Your safety is our priority, we reserve the right to make decisions if necessary to preserve the safety of all. 
  • In the event of a medical emergency, we may have to seek ambulance services on your behalf and at your expense.

Course Cancellations 

  • Classes are subject to sufficient enrolment numbers (usually this is 3 participants).
  • We reserve the right to cancel any scheduled course. In the event of a cancellation, students will be notified two days before the scheduled start date and refunds will be provided.

This policy can be viewed on our website - https://threadden.com/about/bookings-and-cancellations-policy/

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