CIAM’s sewing workshops provide the perfect opportunity to learn couture sewing techniques and apply them to garment construction. We have courses appropriate for complete beginners as well as for those who want to take their sewing to the next level.

In addition to garment constructions, workshops include technical classes that teach specific techniques that will then be incorporated into the garment.

Course Requirements

Students must attend all dates listed for each garment. Workshops follow a tight timeframe and it is essential that students complete their homework before the following workshop. Attendees must make an appointment to have their pattern drafted and calico fitted before the first class. This will incur an additional cost. Only CIAM patterns are to be used in these workshops.

Students should bring their own sewing machines. It may be possible to hire one from CIAM on prior application.

Students will require basic sewing essentials, including pins, needles, threads, fabric scissors and thread snippers.

These workshops form part of the CIAM Patternmaking course. If attendees choose to enrol in patternmaking after participating in these workshops, they will count towards their patternmaking qualifications.

Cost

The workshops are $22 per hour, including GST ($88 per day). We require the full payment in advance for each garment course. If you require additional days to complete the garment, these will be charged at $88 each extra day. During these workshops, you will learn how to construct a garment using couture techniques.

Times

Arrival and set-up time 8:15 am – 8:30 am
Morning Session 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Pack-up 12:30 pm – 12:45 pm


Couture Sewing Workshop – Level 1

CIAM offers 3 courses for garment construction at Certificate level: an unlined skirt, a simple pair of trousers and a lined jacket. These courses are available for non-CIAM students as well as for enrolled Certificate students.

Fabric Choices: Please use natural fibres for your garments (i.e. cotton, linen or wool). If you are unsure of the suitability, please talk to Annamaria Granato, Director of CIAM Patternmaking Australia.

Skirt

Style Unlined, straight or flared, with a zipper and straight waistband
Techniques Cutting; tailor-tacking (thread marking); invisible zip; waistband; general construction
Requirements Fabric (discuss length required during pattern-drafting appointment); thread; 25cm invisible zip
Level Beginners – advanced
Skirt
12 hours ($264)

7th March

21st March 4th April

 

Trousers

Style Unlined, without pockets, with a side or back invisible zipper and shaped waistband
Techniques Fitting; cutting; tailor-tacking (thread marking); invisible zip; waistband; general construction
Requirements Fabric (discuss length required during pattern-drafting appointment); thread; 25cm invisible zip.
Level Beginners – advanced
Trousers
16 hours ($352)
2nd May 16th May 30th May 13th June

 

Jacket

Style Lined; patch pockets; notched collar; princess line or darted
Techniques Fitting; cutting; tailor-tacking (thread marking); patch pockets; tailored sleeves & collar; lining insertion; general construction
Requirements Fabric (discuss length required during pattern-drafting appointment); thread (200m); 2.5 – 3.5 cm buttons (1 – 3 depending on jacket style & length); fusible interfacing
Level Intermediate – advanced
Jacket
28 hours ($616)
22nd Aug 5th Sept 19th Sep 10th Oct 24th Oct 7th Nov 14th Nov

 

Couture Sewing Workshop- Level 2

CIAM offers 3 garment construction at level 2: a lined, straight skirt; a lined pair of trousers; a tailored jacket and a cocktail dress. Each course is designed to reinforce and extend your couture sewing skills.

Fabric Choices: Please use natural fibres for the skirt or trousers (i.e. cotton, linen or wool). As the jacket uses a horsehair insertion, a medium-weight wool (e.g. tweed) is required. If you are unsure of the suitability, please contact Annamaria Granato, Director of CIAM Patternmaking Australia.

Skirt

Style Lined, straight skirt with an invisible zipper, faced waistline and back vent
Techniques Cutting; tailor-tacking (thread marking); invisible zip; lined vent; general construction
Requirements Fabric & lining (discuss length required during pattern-drafting appointment); thread; 20 – 25cm invisible zip.
Level Intermediate – advanced
Lined Skirt
16 hours ($352)
7th March 14th March 21st March 4th April

 

Lined Trousers

Style Lined, side pockets, front fly zip and shaped waistband
Techniques Fitting; cutting; tailor-tacking (thread marking); fly; pockets; waistband; general construction
Requirements Fabric & lining (discuss length required during pattern-drafting appointment); thread; button; 20 cm zip.
Level Intermediate – advanced
Lined Trousers
24 hours ($528)
2nd May 9th May 16th May 30th May 13th June 27th June

 

Tailored Jacket

Style Lined, bound pockets & buttonholes; notched collar; princess line; 2 piece sleeve
Techniques Fitting; cutting; tailor-tacking (thread marking); bound pockets & buttonholes; tailored sleeves & collar; horse hair canvas insertion; lining insertion; general construction
Requirements Fabric (discuss length required during pattern-drafting appointment); thread (200m); 2.5 – 3.5 cm buttons (1 – 3 depending on jacket style & length); fusible interfacing
Level Advanced
Tailored Jacket
32 hours ($704)
22nd Aug 29th Aug 5th Sept 19th Sep 10th Oct 24th Oct 7th Nov 14th Nov

 

Couture Sewing Workshop – Level 3

French Cardigan-Style Jacket

These classes are fully booked however CIAM is happy to add you to a waiting list for future classes. Please contact CIAM on (02) 9759 5904 or via the contact form on this website to register your interest.

Style Princess-line; collarless; 3 piece sleeve with buttoned vent; open or clasped front; trim/braid embellishment
Techniques Cutting; tailor-tacking (thread marking); invisible zip; lined vent; general construction
Requirements Boucle tweed, silk organza & lining (discuss length required during pattern-drafting appointment); thread; buttons (for sleeve); clasp (optional); trim (to be discussed during class)
Level Intermediate – advanced
Cardigan Jacket
35 hours ($770)
8th or 9th Feb 23rd Feb 8th Mar 22nd Mar 26th Apr 10th May 24th May

NB This class is held on Sundays 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, includes 30 minute lunch break.

 

Couture Dress

This is an advanced course that is only available to dressmakers who have completed the previous workshops.

Style Cocktail dress or evening gown to student’s own specification
Techniques
(not all dresses will include all techniques)
Fitting; cutting; tailor-tacking (thread marking); corsetry, boning; crinoline; pleats, gathers or ruching; lining; lace; general construction
Requirements Fabric & lining (discuss length required during pattern-drafting appointment); thread; button; zipper or other closure; boning (if required
Level Advanced

 

Private classes for bridal wear are available.

For more details, please contact Annamaria Granato, Director of CIAM Patternmaking Australia.