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Bodice Fitting Masterclass

Bodice Fitting Masterclass

Let us help you get a perfect fit!

Over 10 people have attended this class


Gosh, we come in all shapes and sizes and not least of in the bust and shoulders! Let us help you learn all the tricks to make a bodice fit you properly.

Debra Ryan joins us for another advanced sewing weekend to take us through how to fit our Bodice to our unique and wonderful bodies.  Bodice fitting is all about analysing our bodies to make the necessary adjustments and then fitting and fitting again.  

We will be using a commercial pattern as a base to work from.  But the aim for this class is to walk away with a bodice block that will fit you and you will know how to do basic manipulations to change the style.  We won't necessarily be sewing up a bodice in your preferred fabric (unless you are a super fast sewist!) so please do expect to work on a toile, or two/three, only.

Here is what to expect from the class:

Day One

  • Measuring our bodies and choosing the right size
  • Analysing our bodies to make necessary adjustments
  • Making those flat pattern adjustments - This would include length and width alterations to bust, waist and shoulder and bust cup alterations.
  • Making a toile to check adjustments and refining them 
  • Tweak and Toile again!
  •  AIM for DAY ONE: achieve a fitted bodice for each participant and make up a toile bodice to check and finalise the block. 

Day two

  • Make final adjustments to the pattern
  • Learn dart manipulation for designing a bodice and simple neckline shapes to create a top or dress bodice to make into a simple dress.

Once you have these skills mastered, you'll have a block that fits!

Skill level: This is a more advanced class so you will be a great grasp of sewing and construction, and confident with patterns and understanding pattern instructions, and confident using your machine.  Above all, have a readiness to toile and toile again!

 Dates Available: 

  • 11 & 12 March 2023 - 900am to 330pm



Debra trained as a TAFE teacher of Fashion at East Sydney TAFE and taught a wide range of Fashion courses for TAFE NSW for sixteen years in regional NSW.

She later moved to Sydney in 2000 to work in a small business as a patternmaker/cutter, creating custom-made garments and custom alterations for individual clients, and continues to do so. 

Debra also taught the Needlecraft Certificate at TAFE and is a passionate embroiderer and member of the Embroiderers Guild NSW.

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What you will learn

  • How to take measurements for your bodice. Then to analyse your figure and measurements to make appropriate pattern alterations for your bodice block.
  • How to cut, make and fit your bodice toile in calico. Then make further alterations made from your bodice toile

What you will get

  • 13.5 hours of expert tuition with a max of 6 students in the class
  • A printed sewing Pattern with instructions to take home, a spool of Gutermann thread and a pack of sewing needles.
  • An encouraging environment to have fun and learn from others as well
Parking Info

Venue Map here 


During the week, parking can be tricky.  It is often best to stop at our door and bring your machine in and then find a park.  

During the weekend, there is usually lots of parking on Jabez Street or Shepherd Street. 


We are serviced by the M30, 423, 426 and 428 bus.


We are approx 20min walk from Sydenham or Stanmore Station

What to bring

  • Your machine (with all it's power cords and the foot pedal) & your fabric scissors and sewing kit
  • Your lunch - a fridge, microwave and sandwich is available
  • 3metres of plain calico for your toile

What to wear

Wear comfy clothes and shoes! Might be best to wear a tight singlet underneath so you can strip off with modesty for your fitting!

Appropriate for

This is a more advanced class so you will have a great grasp of sewing and construction, and confident with patterns and understanding pattern instructions. Above all, have a readiness to toile and toile again!

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4.8 (5 reviews)
Margaretrated it
13 Mar 2023
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Peneloperated it
21 Nov 2022
Deb was clearly an expert in the subject and she gave us loads of really practical tips to get the fit right. Deb explained the various adjustment techniques clearly, patiently going over things until the penny dropped! A fun couple of days. I have rated it 4 stars only because I didn’t need as much adjustment as I thought so wasn’t quite as impactful for me personally, but still really worthwhile.
Jennyrated it
20 Nov 2022
Deb always explains well why we have to address pattern issues really well
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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 2 days before class starts. Free of charge.
  • A transfer can be requested 48 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested 48 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

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I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Usefulbox Sewing School


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