Learn to Copy a Garment You Love ✄✄✄


Learn how to take a garment that you love and create a pattern from it.  You'll also make a toile of that garment.  Just think of it now... you could be making many versions of your favourite wardrobe item in all different colours!  You'll have your pattern for ever.

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

Be easy on yourself and choose things that are simple for learning this technique. Nothing made from knit / stretchy fabric.  Not too many seams or details in the construction.

Workshop skill levels explained – click here.

Class Feedback

"Thank you lovely Amy for the awesome CopyCat workshop over the weekend.

Am LOVING my copied dress. Your expertise was indispensible, your energy magnetic and your students amazing... oh hang on... that was me! (the other girls in the class rocked too!)"

Monica - May 2013.

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Class Schedule

Twelve hours in duration. Scheduled on 4 x Thursdays from 6-9pm Starting 22nd June.

What you will learn
  • How to make a pattern from a garment without pulling it apart
  • Improving the pattern fit
  • Making a toile
What you will get
  • Patternmaking paper and all the knowledge you need to make your initial toile (mockup)

What to bring
  • A selection of 2 - 3 simple garments to learn to make your pattern(s) from (please don't bring stretch/knit garments unless you are familiar with sewing with them)
  • 3 metres of light to medium weight cotton calico (or a cheap fabric similar to your garments to make your toile)
What to wear


Appropriate for

✄✄✄ If you are familiar with patterns, understand some terminology and pattern markings, this is a skill level you are ready for.


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.

Thank you for reading all the details.

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25 November 2015 • Learn to Copy a Garment You Love ✄✄✄

Amy MacDonald is a lovely teacher, calm, patient and highly skilled. There were only 3 of us in the class so we got lots of attention. 2 of us were beginner sewers so we needed it! We learnt to draft a pattern by drawing around a favourite garment, which is not as obvious as it sounds, and then sew it up in a toile out of cheap fabric. The class is spread over two Sundays all day so we weren't rushed. Even working hard, I only managed to half-finish the toile, but enough to make a pretty good imitation of the original. I am very pleased with it and can't wait to make it up in beautiful fabric. I highly recommend taking classes with Amy. You will certainly learn a lot in this class.