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The French-Style Cardigan Jacket Workshops 2018

Workshops for a classic French-Style Cardigan Jacket will commence on 13th May 2018.

The style will be a simple, collarless, princess line jacket. There will be a 3-piece sleeve with vent and buttons. The front will be unbuttoned, either hanging open or with a clasp fastener. Students will be shown how to make the hand buttonholes but will not put them on to this jacket.

If this jacket is something you’ve always wanted to have in your wardrobe, but haven’t been able to make by yourself, this is your chance to learn with us here at CIAM.

Enrolment in these workshops is restricted to students who can demonstrate that they have a sound understanding of sewing and garment construction. You will be asked to
discuss this with CIAM.

Register your interest
Any student interested in participating must contact Annamaria in advance of the first workshop by email (, or call the office on 9759 5904 in order to receive information about workshop fees and suitable fabrics and quantities required before the first class.

Open Days 2018 Belmore

We are delighted to inform you about our upcoming open days here at our main studio in Belmore. This will enable you to find out more information about the CIAM patternmaking method and the way we operate our school, including details of both the full and short courses.

The open day dates and times are:

Wednesday 28th February 10.00am – 12.00pm
Wednesday 4th April 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Sunday 8th April 10.00am – 12.00pm
Sunday 1st July 10.00am – 12.00pm
Wednesday 4th July 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 1st August 10.00am – 12.00pm
Saturday 4th August 10.00am – 12.00pm
Saturday 20th October 10.00am – 12.00pm
Tuesday 30th October 10.00am – 12.00pm

If none of these dates are suitable, please contact us and we will arrange a time for you to come and visit the studio.

The open day includes:

  • Explanation of the CIAM Patternmaking method.
  • Demonstration of a bodice block by the teacher.
  • Participation in drawing a bodice block using our customised ruler.
  • Explanation of course arrangements and payments options for both full course and short course.

This will give you the opportunity to see the method in action and gain a better
understanding of the CIAM Patternmaking technique and how it creates the perfect
pattern for you, your friends and your clients.

To secure your place please let us know you will be coming at least three days before the date you have chosen.  You can send us an email via the contact form on this website or phone the office on (02) 9759 5904.

Finger food, tea and coffee will be available. Let us know if you are gluten free so we can have food available for you.

How to get to the studio

Address: Unit 2, 437 Burwood Road, Belmore NSW 2192, Sydney.
(Situated inside the David Kay Real Estate building)

Access: From Burwood Road, enter via the white gate next to LJ Hooker.

Nearest major suburb: Canterbury.



The studio is approximately a 3 minute walk from Belmore station. At the top of the station, turn left and walk down Burwood Road toward the Belmore RSL. Unit 2 is situated at the rear of 437 Burwood Road, behind the LJ Hooker office. You can see the sign from the street.


Buses frequently travel along the main street (Burwood Road). The 415 bus travels from Chiswick, Strathfield and via Belmore on its way to Campsie.


The following parking is available near the studio:

Residential streets – unrestricted parking
Council car park at the top of Acacia Lane (off Burwood Road) – restricted parking Monday to Saturday (2 hour limit) – about a 3 minute walk to the studio

If you have any problems please don’t hesitate to call us on (02) 9759 5904.

Central Coast NSW Classes 2018

CIAM Patternmaking classes on the Central Coast will commence early February 2018.

If you were unable to attend our recent Open Day, we invite you to attend the first class. We will demonstrate the CIAM Patternmaking method and provide information about our courses.

Enquiries are welcome on Tel: (02) 9759 5904 or via the contact form on this website.

Please note that our Head Office at Belmore will be closed from 23 December 2017 for two weeks over the holiday period.

The classes will be held at:

Long Jetty & Districts Senior Citizens Club
6 Thompson Street – Long Jetty NSW 2261.

How to get there:

Long Jetty & Districts Senior Citizens Club
6 Thompson Street
Long Jetty NSW 2261

See map below

(parking available on site)


Wedding Dress Alterations | New Classes

CIAM is offering special classes to teach dressmakers how to alter a wedding dress , bridesmaid dress or flower girl dress so that it fits perfectly.

These classes are only suitable for experienced dressmakers with advanced sewing skills.

Contact CIAM Patternmaking on Tel (02) 9759 5904 or via the
contact form on this website for information about these classes and fees.

Short Courses in Pattern Drafting

For the first time, CIAM Australia is offering short courses in pattern-drafting. You will use the CIAM method to construct a pattern block to your measurements and will then learn to manipulate it to form basic wearable styles. Different courses will be available for bodices, skirts etc.

These courses are ideal for people without the time to study the full CIAM certificate course or for HSC students wanting to draft their own pattern for their major work (extra classes will be available  to enable HSC students to adapt their pattern for more complex styles).

Fees: cost on application.

Phone CIAM Australia on (02) 9759 5904 or send a message via the contact form on this website.

CIAM Fashion Parade – Day Dresses

Day dresses designed and made by our students and modelled at the CIAM Fashion Parade.

Click on any image to enter the slideshow.