CIAM’s couture garment construction sewing workshops teach participants couture sewing with an emphasis on garment construction.

Previously, only students enrolled in our patternmaking courses could attend these workshops. We have decided to make these workshops available to everyone who wants to improve their sewing skills.

If attendees choose to enrol in CIAM certificate courses after participating in these workshops, their work will be credited towards their CIAM qualifications.

Our workshops are appropriate for complete beginners as well as for those who want to take their sewing to the next level. 

The workshops are scheduled throughout the year.         

In addition to garment construction, we also offer couture technical sewing workshops that teach specific couture techniques that will then be incorporated into the garments. 

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Cost

The cost for each 3-hour workshop is available on application. Please contact us and we will provide information about the cost of the workshops along with enrolment information.

If a participant finishes the garment in fewer days than estimated, the payment may be used for future workshops (patternmaking or sewing). If a participant does not finish the garment within the workshop timeframe, they must complete the garment in their own time or book a catch-up workshop at an additional charge. Another option is to complete the garment during patternmaking classes.

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Booking

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

Book your workshops by sending an enquiry via the contact form on the website or emailing info@ciamaustralia.com.au

In the event that there are insufficient numbers for a viable workshop, the workshop will be cancelled. CIAM will then make a full refund of prior payment for the workshop booking.

Private classes are also available on request at an additional cost.

Course Requirements

Participants must attend the workshops listed for each garment. As workshops follow a tight timeframe, it is essential that participants complete their homework before the following workshop. 

Participants will need to discuss with CIAM what garments are suitable for their level of experience. 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. This will incur an additional cost (price dependent upon garment type and style). Participants will therefore need to make an appointment with CIAM prior to the commencement of the first workshop in order to organise the drafting of their pattern and a calico fitting. This will be required for each garment to be constructed. Students enrolled in CIAM certificate courses may draft their own patterns.

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Equipment and Sewing Supplies

Participants should bring their own sewing machines with accessories and manuals. 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.

Times

Belmore               9:00am – 12:00 pm (Saturdays)

Please arrive 15 minutes early to set up for the class.

COUTURE SEWING WORKSHOPS – LEVEL 1

CIAM workshops at Level 1 include an unlined skirt, an unlined simple pair of trousers and an unlined jacket. 

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


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Skirt (Unlined)

Workshops
Cut Out Skirt
Skirt Construction
Skirt Construction

Style Unlined basic skirt; straight, pencil 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 the pattern-drafting appointment); thread; 25cm invisible zip
Level Beginners – advanced

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Trousers (Unlined)

Workshops
Customise and Cut Out Trousers
Trousers Construction
Trousers Construction

Style Unlined, without pockets; side or back invisible zipper; shaped waistband
Techniques Fitting; cutting; tailor-tacking (thread marking); invisible zip; waistband; general construction
Requirements Fabric (discuss length required during the pattern-drafting appointment); thread; 25cm invisible zip.
Level Beginners – advanced

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Jacket (Unlined)

Workshops
Customise and Cut Out Jacket
Jacket Construction
Jacket Construction
Jacket Construction

Style Unlined jacket; 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 the pattern-drafting appointment); thread (200m); 2.5 – 3.5 cm buttons (1 – 3 depending on jacket style & length); fusible interfacing
Level Intermediate – advanced

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COUTURE SEWING WORKSHOPS – LEVEL 2

The workshops cover garment construction for a lined, straight skirt; a lined pair of trousers; and a tailored jacket. 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, medium-weight wool (e.g. tweed) is required. Note: A soft cotton voile is recommended for lining trousers rather than traditional lining fabrics. If you are unsure of the suitability of your preferred fabrics, please contact CIAM for advice.

Skirt (Lined)

Workshops
Cut Out Skirt and Lining
Skirt Construction
Skirt Construction

Style Straight or pencil skirt; lined; invisible zipper; faced waistline: back vent
Techniques Cutting; tailor-tacking (thread marking); invisible zip; lined vent; general construction
Requirements Fabric & lining (discuss length required during the pattern-drafting appointment); thread; 20 – 25cm invisible zip.
Level Intermediate – advanced

 

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Tailored Trousers (Lined)

Workshops
Customise and Cut Out Trousers and Lining
Trousers Construction
Trousers Construction
Trousers Construction

Style Tailored trousers; lined; side pockets; fly front zip and shaped waistband
Techniques Fitting; cutting; tailor-tacking (thread marking); fly; pockets; waistband; general construction
Requirements Fabric & lining (discuss length required during the pattern-drafting appointment); thread; button; 20 cm zip.
Level Intermediate – advanced

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Tailored Jacket (Lined)

Workshops
Customise and Cut Out Jacket and Lining
Jacket Construction
Jacket Construction
Jacket Construction
Jacket Construction

Style Tailored Jacket; 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 the pattern-drafting appointment); thread (200m); 2.5 – 3.5 cm buttons (1 – 3 depending on jacket style & length); fusible interfacing
Level Advanced

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Couture Sewing Technical Workshops

There are several couture sewing technical workshops scheduled throughout the year. These workshops are available for external participants and students enrolled in CIAM certificate courses.  Most of these technical workshops are optional but students may find them beneficial and interesting. All couture sewing technical workshops are charged separately and in addition to the cost of the couture garment construction workshops. The cost for each 3-hour workshop is available on application. Please contact us and we will provide information about the cost of the workshops along with enrolment information.

It is however compulsory for students enrolled in CIAM certificate courses to attend the following technical classes, depending on their course level.

Workshops Course Level
Zipper insertion

Invisible zips; lapped zips; centred zips & hand-picked zips.

Level 1 Skirt
Skirt vent

A tailored skirt vent (or kick-pleat) for the back of a straight skirt.

Level 2 Skirt
Fly front

Inserting a fly front into a pair of trousers (appropriate for tailored trousers or jeans).

Level 2 Trousers
Pockets

In-seam pockets and patch pockets.

Level 1 Jacket
Bound pockets and buttonholes

Technique for a bound pocket with a welt that can be adapted for buttonholes.

Level 2 Jacket
Horsehair canvas

Using horsehair canvas to add shape and body to the jacket, especially the collar and lapels.

Level 2 Jacket

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