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 construction, our courses include technical workshops that teach specific techniques that will then be incorporated into the garment.

The 3-hour workshops run on Wednesdays and are repeated on Saturdays. Participants must choose which day they will attend as places are limited.

Cost

The cost for each 3-hour workshop is $66 Including GST. We require the full payment in advance for each workshop. If you require additional classes, there will be additional charges.

Booking

As workshop places are limited, CIAM is unable to refund in the event of cancellation. Please check dates before making your class bookings as there will be NO exceptions.

In the event of there being insufficient numbers for a viable class, the class will be cancelled and CIAM will make a full refund to the student.

Course Requirements

Participants must attend all dates listed for each garment. Workshops follow a tight timeframe and it is essential that participants complete their homework before the following workshop. 

As commercial patterns are not suitable for this type of sewing, patterns will be drafted by CIAM to the participant’s measurements and style specifications at an additional cost (price dependent upon garment type and style). Participants must make an appointment to have their pattern drafted and calico fitted before the first class. CIAM Patternmaking students may draft their own patterns.

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

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

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

Times

Arrival and set-up time 9:15 am – 9:30 am
Morning Session 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Pack-up 12:30 pm – 12:45 pm


Couture Sewing Workshops – Level 1

CIAM offers 3 courses for garment construction at Certificate level: an unlined skirt, a simple pair of trousers and a lined jacket. 

Fabric Choices: Please use natural fibres for your garments (i.e. cotton, linen or wool). If you are unsure of the suitability, please contact CIAM for advice.

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

 

Class Dates Wednesday Saturday
Cut out skirt April 28th   May 1st
Skirt construction May 12th May 15th
Skirt construction May 26th May 29th  

 

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

 

Class Dates Wednesday Saturday
Customise & cut out trousers June 30th July 3rd  
Trousers construction July 14th July 17th
Trousers construction July 28th July 31st  

 

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

 

Class Dates Wednesday Saturday
Customise & cut out jacket August 25th August 28th  
Jacket construction September 8th  September 11th  
Jacket construction September 22nd   September 25th
Jacket construction October 27th October 30th
Jacket construction November 10th   November 13th

 

Bring your own Project

These classes are an opportunity for participants to bring their own sewing projects to CIAM for assistance with sewing and garment construction.

Class Dates Wednesday Saturday
Bring your own Project March 3rd   March 6th
Bring your own Project March 17th March 20th
Bring your own Project April 7th April 10th
Bring your own Project June 9th June 19th
Bring your own Project August 11th August 14th
Bring your own Project November 24th November 27th

 

Couture Sewing Workshops – Level 2

The workshops cover garment construction for 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.

These workshops will be made available depending on your skills level and sufficient enrolments for the course to be viable.

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 please contact CIAM for advice.

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 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

 

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

 

Couture Sewing Workshops – Level 3

These workshops cover a French Cardigan-Style Jacket and a couture dress.

These workshops will be made available depending on your skills level and sufficient enrolments for the course to be viable.

French Cardigan-Style Jacket

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

 

Couture Dress

This is an advanced course that is only available to experienced dressmakers and participants 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 are also available on request at an additional cost.

For more details, please contact CIAM.