You are invited by the ladies of Thread Den

for a fabulous Garden Party with Gertie!


Bringing her brand new Charm Patterns Workshop Tour to Australia, Gretchen "Gertie" Hirsch is an international sewing starlet, author of books, drafter of patterns, designer of fabrics... Join us for a "Sew & Tell" Garden Party, conveniently held on Melbourne Cup Day darlings on the terrace at Madame Brussels.  

Put on your finest vintage, stunning home sewn frocks and top it off with an outrageous hat.

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Class Schedule

What you will learn
  • Meet the author of possibly the web's most popular sewing blog: Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing
  • Get a close look at some of Gertie's new Charm Pattern samples
  • "Sew & Tell" with Gertie
What you will get
  • Chicken & cucumber sandwiches, vegetarian sausage rolls, scones & punch
  • Your selection of a Charm Sewing Pattern Lamour Dress or Rita Blouse
  • A fabulous soiree with the ladies of Thread Den & Gertie!

What to wear

Fabulous vintage outfits, home sewn frocks and over the top hats.

Appropriate for

Fans of Gertie!


Guests will be able to purchase other beverages, including alcoholic beverages from the bar.


Thread Den

Vendor sincce 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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16 November 2017 • Garden Party with Gertie

Description: "Meet the author of possibly the web's most popular sewing blog: Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing. Get a close look at some of Gertie's new Charm Pattern samples, "Sew & Tell" with Gertie." It was a lovely venue, got to meet the adorable Gertie & lots of other sewists. I felt that there was no "sew & tell" aspect to the event. I thought we were going to get sewing tips, but we really just got an intro to the new charm patterns. It was lovely that we each got to have an individual chat with Gertie & photo opportunity & signing her products.


09 November 2017 • Garden Party with Gertie

I had the time of my life at the garden party, and the build up beforehand was wonderful: having to make a dress for the occasion was all part of the fun. It is very helpful to have a deadline to work to as it ensures that my project get done. The venue could not have been better - it was absolutely perfect.


09 November 2017 • Garden Party with Gertie

Gertie is an amazing and beautiful lady.

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