Reading & Using Sewing Patterns Workshop

A complete guide to sewing patterns

Next Available: Mon, 21 Jun 6:30PM (AEST) (Private Dates Available)
2 hours
Book Now (https://threadden.weteachme.com/l/T92sYzxr)


Learn the skills to read a pattern envelope, determine the supplies you need, understand the instructions and how to use the pattern sheet.

We also run this workshop online! ✨Click here & check out upcoming dates for the live stream workshop.


  • Pattern designers; the big brands, the independents and online.
  • How to read the pattern envelope/pattern specifications.
  • Understanding pattern instructions and terminology.
  • How to layout pattern pieces and understand the markings/symbols.
  • How to assemble PDF patterns.
  • Should you trace out or cut out patterns? 

Please note - how to decipher sizes and select the right size to make is covered in our Taking Measurements & Selecting Pattern Sizes session - click here to read that class description.

Optional - bring along a pattern for discussion.

We are developing a series of Preparations for Sewing sessions, discover more of these sessions - click here.

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What you will learn
  • Different formats, plus designers and brands
  • The 5 specifications you need to find, reading size charts
  • How to prepare digital patterns, and using pattern pieces
What you will get
  • The confidence to use sewing patterns
  • Improved skills and knowledge
  • Detailed notes covering it all
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
  • Optional - A pattern you are keen to make
What to wear


Appropriate for

Anyone who wants to improve their sewing outcomes.

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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13 April 2021 • Reading & Using Sewing Patterns Workshop

This class was really helpful and informative - definitely a good idea to take it following the 3 week beginners classes. Amy did a great job of breaking down all of the information that we could expect to find in different pattern types and I left feeling much more confident.


10 February 2020 • Reading & Using Sewing Patterns Workshop

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 • Reading & Using Sewing Patterns Workshop

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!

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