Sew a Sarong Dress with bodice boning ✄✄✄


Pattern Design:  A dress with straight skirt foundation, flattering high waist and draping sarong wrap over skirt piece. There are three strap variations to choose from; strapless, halter neck or shoulder ties. The bodice is lined and you can choose to insert boning into the bodice which will add structure, present a more flatering smooth shape and create a couture finish. You'll learn new skills, improve your sewing confidence and increase your knowledge of dressmaking all under the guiding eye of a teacher supporting you through the steps. In a workshop at this level, you are expected to know how to use a sewing machine. The bolero pattern and instructions are included for you - but you will probably not have time to make this in class.

Photographed Sample:  For our sarong dress, we made a fun summer dress inspired by Britan's post WW2 celebrations.  A modern twist was added with a joyful pom pom trim that picked up on highlights in the large follage print. This sample was made by Thread Den teachers; Amy M and Dan, in a tropical print rayon fabric purchased at Spotlight. To accentuate the sarong piece in the skirt, we finished it with the contrasting pom pom trim. Our teacher Laura models it, and her 1940s styled hair and beauty was by our very own Miss Lee. You can view more photos of our Sarong Dress taken at St Kilda - click here.

Styling Ideas:  Your sarong dress could be the ultimate Summer party dress with large floral prints in pretty pastel colours. For some After Five glamour make an all black, strapless sarong dress and run a sparkling sequinned fringe along the sarong piece.  If you are looking for more ideas, we have loads to look through on our Pinterest Board

Notes on supplies: Ensure you select a closed end invisible zip (not the very similar light weight open ended zip).  This pattern is not suitable for knit fabrics. For directional prints, large prints and fabrics with nap you should purchase extra fabric.  Please click here to read about the right interfacing to choose.  You can purchase rigiline boning from Thread Den.

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Class Schedule

Nine hours in duration.

What you will learn
  • Measurements and selecting pattern sizes, pattern placement, transferring markings and cutting technique
  • How to insert poly boning in a bodice lining for added structure and smooth shape
  • Interfacing, sewing darts, finishing seams and hemming
What you will get
  • A gorgeous sarong dress made by you!
  • A copy of the sarong dress pattern and bolero pattern
  • Dressmaking instructions for the Sarong Dress and bolero

What to bring
  • matching sewing machine thread
  • 150cm wide fabric = 2m light to medium weight fabric
  • 110cm wide fabric = 2.6m light to medium weight fabric
  • .6 metres of a light cotton voile or lawn for bodice lining
  • 1.5 metres of sew in polyester boning (available at Thread Den)
  • 35cm invisible closed end zip
  • .3m of light weight fusible interfacing for the straps
What to wear


Appropriate for

✄✄✄ for sewing students - who have made a couple of garments, are familiar with sewing jargon and using patterns.


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.

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Cancelation & 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.

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08 November 2016 • Sew a Sarong Dress with bodice boning ✄✄✄

This is my favourite garment that Thread Den offers as a sewing class. I get so many compliments when I wear my sarong dress. It is the sort of dress that never goes out of fashion and there is a choice strapless, halter and ties. The teacher is a sewing expert, who also has amazing patience...