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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.

CIAM Fashion Parade – Coordinates

Sewing and Garment Construction Class Schedule 2016

Please note the new times for 2016!

In order to allow students the opportunity to take a pattern drafting class after the sewing workshop, we have adjusted the times of the workshop.

Morning session: 8:30 am (for a 8:45am prompt start) – 12 noon
Afternoon session: 12:15pm – 2:00pm                                                                                                          Pattern-drafting: 2:30pm – 5:30pm


Contact CIAM at info@ciamaustralia.com.au for information about the cost of sewing workshops and technical classes.  We require an upfront payment for the whole garment. If you require additional days to complete the garment, there will be additional charges.

Note:  Fees for CIAM pattern drafting courses are charged separately.

Extra Workshops

We are holding some additional workshops this year, including a repeat of the Chanel-style jacket cardigan and possibly bras and corsets. Please contact CIAM for information if you are interested.

Technical Classes

There are two Technical Classes that are compulsory for Book 1 students, although other students may attend. The first one covers zipper insertion with particular attention to
construction of a fly, and must be done before taking the trousers workshop.  The second one covers bound pockets and buttonholes and must be completed before taking the jacket workshop. You may choose to attend the technical class without the rest of the
garment workshop.

Sewing Workshops

Workshops follow a tight timeframe and it is essential that students complete their
homework before the following workshop. The basic pattern and a calico fitting must be completed during class time, prior to the commencement of the workshops.

Time: 8:30am – 2:00pm 


Technical Class

Customising & cutting

Workshop 1

Workshop 2





10th Jan

24 Jan

7th Feb

21st Feb


5th March

19th March

 2nd April


30th April

14th May

28th May

11th June


1 & 2)

3rd Sep

17th Sep

1st Oct

15th Oct

29th Oct

12th Nov

26th Nov

(Book 2

  • Book 1 and Book 2 jacket workshops will be run concurrently. Book 2 will take an
    extra week. This may serve as an extra ‘catch-up’ day for Book 1 students who have not finished.
  • CIAM Certificate of Patternmaking students (i.e. Book 1) must choose their style of jacket by consultation with Annamaria at CIAM. They should be aware that if they chose a more complicated design than the basic, it will take more classes than those scheduled, thus incurring an additional cost.