Sigma Dress by Papercut Course ✄✄

Sigma Dress by Papercut Course ✄✄

A dress workshop full of details & skills to learn

Next Available: Wed, 26 Jun 6:00PM (AEST)
(Private Dates Available)
2 hours 30 minutes x 4 Weeks
Over 100 people have attended this class


In this Sigma Dress Workshop, you will make a modern and beautiful pattern from Papercut Patterns over 10 hours. The Sigma dress features bust darts, waist and back darts... AND pockets! Every garment is better with pockets!

This dress is full of details that translate to skills for you to learn. You will be taken step-by-step through; 

  • Taking your measurements, selecting your size and laying out pattern pieces
  • Cutting technique, and transferring pattern markings
  • Optional - how to lengthen the skirt
  • Fusing interfacing
  • Sewing waist and bust darts in both bodice and skirt pieces
  • Use overlockers to finish the fabric raw edges and seams
  • How to create gathers
  • Insert an invisible zip
  • Setting in sleeves
  • Get great results hemming

In class, we make the short sleeve as included in Papercut's school pack. For more variations, including long sleeves, buy the full Sigma dress pattern by Papercut Patterns.

Workshop skill levels explained – click here.

Wear it with: Papercut's Sapporo Coat - click to view.

We have all the tools you'll need. Each participant is setup with fabric shears, pinking shears, thread snips, unpicker, hand needles, tape measures, pins, tailor's chalks, hem guides, ironing/pressing tools, rulers, stationery... there is no need to lug around your whole sewing kit. We've taken care of it all.  

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What you will learn

  • Taking measurements and choosing the right size, pattern placement and transferring markings, cutting technique.
  • Finishing seams with an overlocker, and pressing for professional results.
  • Stitching perfect bust and waist darts. Sewing an invisible zip. How to sew gathers and facings, and set in sleeves.

What you will get

  • A stylish modern dress made by you
  • Instructions and a copy of the pattern to make many more dresses
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

  • .3 metres of light weight fusible interfacing
  • 55+cm invisible zipper
  • Woven fabric >140cm wide - 1.3 metres, or <140cm 1.8 metres. To make a knee length skirt, bring .3m more fabric.
  • Matching sewing machine thread

What to wear


Appropriate for

✄✄ Intermediate Sewing Star: This sewing thing is really growing on you! You can follow a suggested layout and have now worked with a variety of woven fabrics, maybe even your first knits. You've stepped up to using patterns for simple garments like basic skirts, pants and tops. You've sewn a dart, inserted a basic zip and have finished edges with an overlocker.

Suggested Fabrics

Medium-weight woven fabrics. Cotton blends, linen, rayon, French crepe.

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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5.0 (12 reviews)
Sarahrated it
04 Oct 2023
Making the Sigma dress was so satisfying. I got to practice many darts, plus gathering and sizing. It's a very cute outfit
Rebekah rated it
16 Mar 2023
I love how patient and helpful the Threaden team are. I'm still fairly new back to sewing and never learned all the tricks but I feel more confident after every class. I didn't finish the dress in the 3 sessions because there's a lot to do but I can't wait to see the end result! The pattern is stunning and a great choice for folks wanting to stretch their basic sewing skills. Thank you!
Thread Den 20 Mar 2023

We can't wait to see your dress! It was lovely to teach you. We've sent you a note about coming along to a FreeStyle session to finish the last parts of your dress.

Jessicarated it
12 Dec 2021
This was the first to course I've done and Thread Den and will be one of many! Amy was an incredible teacher with so much sewing knowledge and every step was thoroughly explained. I picked up lots of handy tips and ended up with a beautiful dress that fits! Thank you!
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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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