How to Use Sewing Patterns

Understanding the envelope, instructions & pattern

Next Available: Sat, 28 Mar 2:00PM (1 more date available)
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.  

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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

Refund & Cancellation Policy


  1. Cancellation requests received the day before, the day of, or any time after a course start are not be eligible for a refund, are not eligible for transfer, and are not eligible for credit towards another course.
  2. All cancellations are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.
  3. Refunds will be processed back to the original payment method less the 25% fee.
  4. Refunds are processed as soon as notification of cancellation is received, allow approximately 3 days for your banking institution to show the refund to your account. 

Request for Transfer:

  1. Bookings (without date changes) are fully transferrable to another person without incurring any penalty.
  2. Participants may request a transfer to their booking without penalty up until fourteen (14) days prior to the course or workshop start date.
  3. Participants transferring their booking within fourteen (14) days prior to the course or workshop start date incur a $10 administration fee.
  4. Requests to transfer received the day before, the day of, or any time 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.

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

Effective 1 November 2019

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10 February 2020 • How to Use Sewing Patterns

I attended the ‘how to use sewing patterns’ workshop on Sunday . Our teacher Jenni was absolutely perfect. She explained everything so well while making it fun. I really learned a lot. I look forward to my other classes. Thx Mattea


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.

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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.