Copy a garment you love: Pattern drafting course

Copy a Garment : Pattern Making Short Course ✄✄✄

Learn to copy a garment without pulling it apart

Over 100 people have attended this class


In our 12 hour short course, students will learn how to take a garment that they love and create a pattern from it (without having to unpick the garment!). 

Course content:

  • The pattern drafting tools and supplies required
  • Best pattern drafting practices
  • The method to assess design lines, details, turnings, etc
  • Preparation of your drafting paper 
  • Deconstructing design details and transferring details
  • Addition of seam allowances and turnings
  • Assess the fit and adjustments required
  • Transfer adjustments to patterns
  • Drafting facings, linings, etc
  • Finalise patterns

To make the most of your course, participants should allow time to make a toile between the two workshops.

You can expect to finish 1 pattern and 1 toile (mock-up) in the course timeframe (with some homework).

Be easy on yourself for your first project and choose a simple garment. Not too many seams or details in the construction. Bring along 2-3 garments to choose from on the day.

Workshop skill levels explained – click here.

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What you will learn

  • How to make a pattern from a woven garment without pulling it apart
  • Pattern drafting theory and techniques
  • Assessing a toile, adjusting and finalising patterns

What you will get

  • Extensive knowledge to start pattern drafting from existing garments
  • Pattern drafting paper included
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

  • 2 - 3 simple woven fabric garments to learn to make your pattern(s) from (please don't bring stretch/knit garments)
  • 3 metres of light to medium weight cotton calico (or a cheap fabric similar to your garment to make your toile)

What to wear


Appropriate for

✄✄✄ This is an advanced course. You should know these terms and techniques: grain-line, selvedge, seam allowance, darts, basting, fusing interfacing, gathering.

Thread Den

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Learn to sew, craft and create with Thread Den

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, 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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4.5 (24 reviews)
Charlirated it
21 May 2024
Highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in learning about pattern-making and wants to replicate something of their own. The class was easily adapted to different skill levels, and with the small class size, there was plenty of assistance from the teacher. Very relaxing and rewarding! Highly recommend. :)
Natalie rated it
18 May 2024
I wasn't sure if I was up to this level in my sewing journey but Arly was extremely patient and thorough with her step by step instructions and clear demonstration. I made a pattern for 2 dresses, made a mockup in between classes and learnt how to make my own bias binding for a perfect neckline! I'll be coming back again for sure!
Chevellerated it
03 Dec 2023
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 1 day before class starts. An admin fee of AU$35.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 4 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$10.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 4 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

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 - 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 - .  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 those annoying details. 

The details of our refund policy appear during the booking process.

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.

This policy can be viewed on our website -

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