Leggings or Bike Shorts Sewing Workshop ✄✄

A practical guide to sewing stretchy knit fabric

Next Available: Sat, 26 Jun 2:00PM (AEST) (Private Dates Available)
3 hours
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Just 3 hours and you'll make a pair of leggings! Leggings are versatile, layer-able, and above all, comfortable. The secret weapon for Melbourne's famous four seasons in one day weather! 

With only ONE pattern piece, this is a great pattern to start working on your knit fabric and stretch stitch skills. The leggings have an elastic waist, you'll use various stretch stitches on the sewing machine and use overlockers if you wish.

Leggings are all about fabric choice. Look for a really stretchy knit that is a blend of natural and synthetic fibres.


  • Taking measurements
  • Assessing a fabric's percentage of stretch
  • Selecting the pattern size to make 
  • Lay up pattern pieces
  • Cut out fabric.
  • Leggings side seams with stretch stitches 
  • Creating a waist casing
  • Inserting an elastic waistband
  • Hemming                                                           

Workshop skill levels explained – click here.

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What you will learn
  • Understanding how knit fabric behaves, the needles to select and equipment required
  • Measurements, choosing the right size when working with knit, pattern markings and pattern placement
  • Use overlockers (optional) and sewing machine stretch stitches
What you will get
  • A pair of leggings made by you!
  • A copy of the pattern
  • Detailed instructions
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
  • Polyester sewing machine thread
  • Elastic 2.5 cm wide - & long enough to go around your waist
  • 1.5 metres of really stretchy knit that is a blend of natural and synthetic fibres
What to wear


Appropriate for

✄✄ Perfect for students who have participated in "The Complete Guide to Sewing Knits/Stretch Course". 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

Very stretchy knit fabrics that stretch both vertically and horizontally.  

Refund Policy

See Terms & Conditions.

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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 - they 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 - info@threadden.com .  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 these annoying details. Here's the stuff that is often hidden behind an *asterisk* or in teeeeenie little print:

Refund Policy

  • All refunds are subject to a 25% administration fee.
  • Refunds will only be processed back to the original method of payment.
  • Refunds are processed as soon as practicable. While Thread Den’s part of the process should be undertaken within three days of notice, the combination of the bookings platform and your banking institution’s processes will also influence the exact amount of time taken for you to receive the refund.

Transferring Your Booking

  • If you wish to transfer your booking to another workshop we require at least four days notice prior to the start date of your original workshop/course booking.
  • Bookings without date changes can be transferred to another person without incurring any penalties.
  • Changes to your workshop or the commencement date (within all other terms listed here) will incur a $10 administration fee.
  • Changes to your booking date will not reset the four day notice period.

Medical Events

  • If you feel unwell, do not attend your workshop. 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. In the event of a cancellation, students will be notified two days before the scheduled start date and refunds will be provided.

This policy can be viewed on our website - https://threadden.com/about/bookings-and-cancellations-policy/

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29 March 2021 • Leggings or Bike Shorts Sewing Workshop ✄✄

Very enjoyable Friday night workshop. The teacher was so lovely and helpful and made sure that everybody got something out of the evening, regardless of their skill level. I feel confident now to go forth and make myself lots of leggings!


14 November 2020 • Leggings or Bike Shorts Sewing Workshop ✄✄

Thanks Thread Den, this class was great. I made some really nice leggings and learnt how to shape them to fit me exactly. I also picked up lots of tips and tricks in sewing with knits. I have since gone on to make three new pairs of fun leggings.


10 November 2020 • Leggings or Bike Shorts Sewing Workshop ✄✄

I really enjoyed this workshop. The information provided about sewing with knit/stretch fabrics was very useful. And I love my new, very comfy leggings. :) Thank you Megan, for a great class!

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