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Learn to Copy a Garment You Love ✄✄✄

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

Over the first half of the course we teach you how to draft a pattern from your garment and in the second half you will make a toile of that garment and check the pattern drafting.  

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 for your first project and choose a simple garment. Not too many seams or details in the construction.

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What you will learn
  • How to make a pattern from a woven garment without pulling it apart
  • Basic drafting techniques
  • Making a toile
What you will get
  • Patternmaking paper and all the knowledge you need to make your toile (mockup)
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
  • A selection of 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 garments to make your toile)
What to wear


Appropriate for

✄✄✄ Perfect for students who have used sewing patterns and made a few garments alike our Circle Skirt or Sigma Dress


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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Cancellation & Refund 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. 

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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11 December 2019 • Learn to Copy a Garment You Love ✄✄✄

The instruction in the first class provided a good overview about drafting a pattern from my chosen dress. However, despite spending a lot of time at home during the week between lessons tracing off the pattern and constructing a toile (which worked well despite some fit issues), the assistance and instruction on how to make modifications to perfect the fit was limited and unsatisfactory. After raising my concerns and disappointment with Thread Den, a suitable outcome was not reached.


26 November 2019 • Learn to Copy a Garment You Love ✄✄✄

A good intro course providing an overview of skills for copying. You have to work very fast through the two days to do the draft pattern, intermediate pattern, toile, fitting and then amendments to your basic pattern. Homework is definitely required if you want to get through this whole process.


28 August 2019 • Learn to Copy a Garment You Love ✄✄✄

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