2019 10 17 01 28e40e80 d2ab 0137 40c5 063bd7b5133d

How to Use Sewing Patterns

Next Available: Tue, 22 Oct 6:00PM
2.0 hours
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Do you want to learn how to use sewing patterns? Have you tried to use one and become a bit bamboozled? We love getting people sewing and overcoming all barriers. So in this workshop we will cover: 

  • Great indie sewing pattern designers you may not have heard of.
  • How to read the back of the pattern envelope.
  • How to choose the size to make.
  • The notions and supplies the pattern says you need. Do you really need them?
  • Should you trace out or cut out patterns?
  • How to layout pattern pieces.
  • The markings on the pattern pieces.
  • Tips to help you understand pattern instructions. 

Bring along a pattern or two that you want to make and we can use them to understand the elements discussed.  

Book the optional half an hour at the end of this workshop and learn the intricacies of vintage sewing patterns (1940s and earlier).

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What you will learn
  • Reading the envelope, selecting your pattern and understanding the supplies: fabrics/notions
  • Tracing or cutting out your size, laying out pattern pieces, tips to understanding the instructions
  • Optional additional hour covering how to use vintage sewing patterns
What you will get
  • An understanding on using and confidence in selecting sewing patterns
  • Improved craftsmanship for better dressmaking results
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
  • Notebook & pen
  • A pattern you are keen to make (optional)
What to wear


Appropriate for

✄ Relevant to all sewing levels


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

Cancellations or Request for Change:

  1. Participants may request a transfer to their booking without penalty up until seven (7) days prior to the course or workshop start date.
  2. Participants cancelling their booking up until seven (7) days prior to the course or workshop start date will receive a refund less a $10 administration fee.
  3. Requests to change received less than 7 days before an event will incur a 30% administration fee (including GST).
  4. Requests to cancel received less than 7 days before an event will receive a partial refund – incurring a 30% administration fee (including GST).
  5. Cancellation or requests to transfer received the day before, the day of, or 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.
  6. Bookings (without date changes) are fully transferrable to another person without incurring any penalty.

Notice periods above are based on your original booking date, if a transfer has been made, the notice periods do not reset.

Any refunds are made to the original method of payment.

Last updated 22nd May 2019.

This policy is available for viewing on our website - https://threadden.com/about/bookings-and-cancellations-policy/ 

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Terms & Conditions

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Unfortunately, we can’t tentatively hold or pencil in places without payment.

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16 February 2019 • How to Use Sewing Patterns

Excellent class! This was just the right class for me at my level of skills. I have attempted many patterns and always muddled my way through, however knowing the terminology and key words are definitely going to make it easier for me to understand patterns in the future. The class was delivered in a really easy to understand format and I feel very prepared to tackle my next pattern.

Thread Den


It was a pleasure to teach you. I hope you are now ready to find patterns you will love and make!


06 March 2018 • How to Use Sewing Patterns

Such a great class, I should have done it sooner in my sewing journey, but still great to learn what things mean in and on the patterns and instructions. This class does focus mainly on modern patterns but it was good to see a vintage pattern, I should have had a closer look though.