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This course has been designed for those that have been sewing from commercial patterns, have a good knowledge of sewing and want to be able to develop their own patterns.  

The dress styles covered include; stapless bodices, halter neck styles, bodices with built in cups, cut outs and cowls. As many students have completed the skirts and shirts pattern drafting courses, the dress styles to be covered in class are beyond the basic shilouettes of skirts paired with shirts. The styles covered are "a little bit fancy" and beyond a simple shirt on attached to a skirt. 

  • Creating bespoke patterns by drawing a design on a basic toile and then converting this into patterns
  • Creating patterns from a block specially fitted to you
  • Tips on fitting, techniques and finishing options
  • There are 2 weeks at the end dedicated to designing your own dress from what you have learnt 

In the intro session where we will organise your dress block and provide your class kit. 

This course is exclusively pattern making. To get the most out of your course, you should make toiles of your patterns as homework. There are also Social Sewing nights and the daily sewing lounge hours when you are welcome to come outside of the class sessions to make your garments during the course.

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Class Schedule

24 hours of tuition. 8 x 3 hour weekly workshops.

What you will learn
  • How to create patterns from a block specially fitted to you
  • Creating bespoke patterns by drawing a design on a basic toile and then converting this into patterns
  • A variety of dress styles
What you will get
  • Multiple dress patterns drafted by you for future use
  • Women's dress block in your standard size

What to bring
  • All pattern making paper is supplied
  • For toiles, students will need calico and sewing equipment at home - or time to visit the sewing lounge outside of class
What to wear


Appropriate for

✄✄✄ If you have made a few garments using patterns and understand some sewing terminology and have some experience with pattern markings, this is a skill level you are ready for.

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.

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