CIAM’s couture technical sewing workshops provide the perfect opportunity to learn couture sewing techniques that you will be able to apply to garment construction at home. We have workshops appropriate for complete beginners as well as for those who want to take their sewing to the next level.

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.

The technical workshops are scheduled throughout the year. Participants may enrol in any or all of the workshops. Most of the workshops are stand-alone but some are in two parts where the first workshop is a prerequisite for the second. While the majority of classes are optional extras for you to improve your sewing skills, it is compulsory for students enrolled in CIAM certificate courses to attend certain technical workshops, depending on their course level.

The 3-hour workshops are held on Wednesdays and repeated on Saturdays. Participants must choose whether they will attend the workshops on Wednesdays or Saturdays. This is essential as class sizes are limited – even more so this year due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements. We need to allocate sufficient space to each participant to ensure that they can work in a Covid-safe manner.

On Saturdays when technical workshops are not held, we will run Couture Garment Construction sewing workshops. Please contact CIAM to register your interest in these workshops. 

Enrolments are also now open for these workshops at our Collector and Pennant Hills studios. Please see Centre Locations and Class Times for the opening days and hours at these locations and contact us to register your interest in these workshops.

General sewing classes are available at our Hornsby Heights studio.

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Cost

The cost for each 3-hour workshop is $66 including GST). We require the full payment in advance for each workshop. When a couture technical skill is taught in two parts where the first workshop is a prerequisite for the second, we require full payment in advance for both the workshops ($132 including GST).

Participants are also required to purchase a kit including fabrics (and other supplies if applicable) for each workshop they attend. The cost of each kit is $10.00 including GST.

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 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 of prior payment for the workshop booking.

Equipment and Sewing Supplies

Participants should bring their own sewing machines along with the manual and accessories. 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.

Participants are also required to purchase a kit including fabrics (and other supplies if applicable) for each workshop they attend. See Cost above.

Times

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM BELMORE

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PENNANT HILLS

Please try to arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to set up your sewing machine and work space.

 

Click on the Read more button under each workshop you are interested in below for further information. Then click on the Read less button at the bottom of the workshop content page to return to the list of workshops on this page.

WEDNESDAY WORKSHOPS – BELMORE

Workshop Wednesday

Waistline Finishing Techniques

May 5th 2021

Content Different methods of waistline finishing
Techniques Waistbands, facing and petersham finishing
Level Beginner – advanced

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Workshop Wednesday

Hems

May 19th 2021

Content Different methods of hemming a garment
Techniques Hand sewn; bias binding; facing; narrow hem
Level Beginner – intermediate

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Workshop Wednesday

Skirt Vent

June 2nd 2021

Content Skirt vent in a tailored skirt
Techniques Constructing a vent with integral lining rather than a free-hanging one
Level Intermediate –  advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Wednesday

Fly Front

June 23rd 2021

Content Fly front
Techniques How to construct a fly front for a pair of trousers (including jeans)
Level Intermediate –  advanced

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Workshop Wednesday

Jeans Construction Techniques

July 7th 2021

Content Jeans construction techniques
Techniques Top-stitching, rivets, pockets etc.
Level Intermediate –  advanced

Note: Participants must also attend the workshop on fly front construction.

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Workshop Wednesday

Necklines

July 21st 2021

Content Sewing different neckline finishes
Techniques Stay-stitching; simple facing; bias edging; piping
Level Beginner – intermediate

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Workshop Wednesday

Sleeves

August 4th 2021

Content How to set different sleeve styles
Techniques Easing; gathers; pleats; capped sleeves
Level Beginner – advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Wednesday

Pockets

August 18th 2021

Content Applying different types of pockets
Techniques Patch pockets; slash pockets; in-seam (hidden) pockets
Level Beginner – advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Wednesday

Bound Pockets

September 1st 2021

Content Pocket with a flap for a tailored jacket
Techniques Bound pocket with piping variation that can be adapted for a bound buttonhole
Level Intermediate –  advanced

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Workshop Wednesday

Collars

September 15th 2021

Content Collar and stand
Techniques How to sew a professional collar and stand onto a shirt
Level Beginner – advanced

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Workshop Wednesday

Cuffs and Plackets

October 6th 2021

Content Cuffs and plackets
Techniques 2 methods of sewing a shirt sleeve placket and how to add a cuff
Level Beginner – advanced

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Workshop Wednesday

Introduction to Sewing Knit Fabrics 1

October 20th 2021

Content Using and sewing knit fabrics
Techniques Selecting & cutting-out knits; how to use your sewing machine and overlocker to sew knit fabrics
Level Beginner – advanced

Note: Bring both your sewing machine and overlocker (if you have one) along with accessories and manuals to the class.

It is not essential to have an overlocker to sew knits. This class will teach you how to use the zig-zag stitches on a traditional sewing machine as well as an overlocker. It does not teach the use of a coverstitch machine.

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Workshop Wednesday

Introduction to Sewing Knit Fabrics 2

November 3rd 2021

This is the second part of a 2 week course. 

Content Construction techniques
Techniques Seam & hem finishes; neckbands
Level Beginner – advanced

Note: Bring both your sewing machine and overlocker (if you have one) along with accessories and manuals to the class.

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Workshop Wednesday

Pattern Balancing and Matching

November 17th 2021

Content Cutting out patterned fabric (including florals, stripes & checks)
Techniques How to cut out fabric so that the pattern is balanced over the garment and matched at hems and seams.
Level Intermediate – advanced

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SATURDAY WORKSHOPS – BELMORE

Workshop Saturday

Waistline Finishing Techniques

May 8th 2021

Content Different methods of waistline finishing
Techniques Waistbands, facing and petersham finishing
Level Beginner – advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday

Hems

 May 22nd 2021

Content Different methods of hemming a garment
Techniques Hand sewn; bias binding; facing; narrow hem
Level Beginner – intermediate

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday

Skirt Vent

June 5th 2021

Content Skirt vent in a tailored skirt
Techniques Constructing a vent with integral lining rather than a free-hanging one
Level Intermediate –  advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday

Fly Front

June 26th 2021

Content Fly front
Techniques How to construct a fly front for a pair of trousers (including jeans)
Level Intermediate –  advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday

Jeans Construction Techniques

July 10th 2021

Content Jeans construction techniques
Techniques Top-stitching, rivets, pockets etc.
Level Intermediate –  advanced

Note: Participants must also attend the previous workshop on fly front construction.

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday

Necklines

July 24th 2021

Content Sewing different neckline finishes
Techniques Stay-stitching; simple facing; bias edging; piping
Level Beginner – intermediate

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday

Sleeves

August 7th 2021

Content How to set different sleeve styles
Techniques Easing; gathers; pleats; capped sleeves
Level Beginner – advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday

Pockets

August 21st 2021

Content Applying different types of pockets
Techniques Patch pockets; slash pockets; in-seam (hidden) pockets
Level Beginner – advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday

Bound Pockets

September 4th 2021

Content Pocket with a flap for a tailored jacket
Techniques Bound pocket with piping variation that can be adapted for a bound buttonhole
Level Intermediate –  advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday

Collars

September 18th 2021

Content Collar and stand
Techniques How to sew a professional collar and stand onto a shirt
Level Beginner – advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday

Cuffs and Plackets

October 9th 2021

Content Cuffs and plackets
Techniques 2 methods of sewing a shirt sleeve placket and how to add a cuff
Level Beginner – advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday

Introduction to Sewing Knit Fabrics 1

October 23rd 2021

Content Using and sewing knit fabrics
Techniques Selecting & cutting-out knits; how to use your sewing machine and overlocker to sew knit fabrics
Level Beginner – advanced

Note: Bring both your sewing machine and overlocker (if you have one) along with accessories and manuals to the workshop.

It is not essential to have an overlocker to sew knits. This class will teach you how to use the zig-zag stitches on a traditional sewing machine as well as an overlocker. It does not teach the use of a coverstitch machine.

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday

Introduction to Sewing Knit Fabrics 2

November 6th 2021

This is the second part of a 2 week course. 

Content Construction techniques
Techniques Seam & hem finishes; neckbands
Level Beginner – advanced

Note: Bring both your sewing machine and overlocker (if you have one) along with accessories and manuals to the class.

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday

Pattern Balancing and Matching

November 20th 2021

Content Cutting out patterned fabric (including florals, stripes & checks)
Techniques How to cut out fabric so that the pattern is balanced over the garment and matched at hems and seams.
Level Intermediate – advanced

Read more

THURSDAY WORKSHOPS – PENNANT HILLS

Workshop Thursday

Waistline Finishing Techniques

May 6th 2021

Content Different methods of waistline finishing
Techniques Waistbands, facing and petersham finishing
Level Beginner – advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Thursday

Hems

May 20th 2021

Content Different methods of hemming a garment
Techniques Hand sewn; bias binding; facing; narrow hem
Level Beginner – intermediate

Read more

 

Workshop Thursday

Skirt Vent

June 3rd 2021

Content Skirt vent in a tailored skirt
Techniques Constructing a vent with integral lining rather than a free-hanging one
Level Intermediate –  advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Thursday

Fly Front

June 17th 2021

Content Fly front
Techniques How to construct a fly front for a pair of trousers (including jeans)
Level Intermediate –  advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Thursday

Jeans Construction Techniques

July 1st  2021

Content Jeans construction techniques
Techniques Top-stitching, rivets, pockets etc.
Level Intermediate –  advanced

Note: Participants must also attend the previous workshop on fly front construction.

Read more

 

Workshop Thursday

Necklines

July 15th 2021

Content Sewing different neckline finishes
Techniques Stay-stitching; simple facing; bias edging; piping
Level Beginner – intermediate

Read more

 

Workshop Thursday

Sleeves

July 29th 2021

Content How to set different sleeve styles
Techniques Easing; gathers; pleats; capped sleeves
Level Beginner – advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Thursday

Pockets

August 12th 2021

Content Applying different types of pockets
Techniques Patch pockets; slash pockets; in-seam (hidden) pockets
Level Beginner – advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Thursday

Bound Pockets

August 26th 2021

Content Pocket with a flap for a tailored jacket
Techniques Bound pocket with piping variation that can be adapted for a bound buttonhole
Level Intermediate –  advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Thursday

Collars

September 9th 2021

Content Collar and stand
Techniques How to sew a professional collar and stand onto a shirt
Level Beginner – advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Thursday

Cuffs and Plackets

September 23rd 2021

Content Cuffs and plackets
Techniques 2 methods of sewing a shirt sleeve placket and how to add a cuff
Level Beginner – advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Thursday

Introduction to Sewing Knit Fabrics 1

October 21st 2021

Content Using and sewing knit fabrics
Techniques Selecting & cutting-out knits; how to use your sewing machine and overlocker to sew knit fabrics
Level Beginner – advanced

Note: Bring both your sewing machine and overlocker (if you have one) along with accessories and manuals to the workshop.

It is not essential to have an overlocker to sew knits. This class will teach you how to use the zig-zag stitches on a traditional sewing machine as well as an overlocker. It does not teach the use of a coverstitch machine.

Read more

 

Workshop Thursday

Introduction to Sewing Knit Fabrics 2

November 4th 2021

This is the second part of a 2 week course. 

Content Construction techniques
Techniques Seam & hem finishes; neckbands
Level Beginner – advanced

Note: Bring both your sewing machine and overlocker (if you have one) along with accessories and manuals to the class.

Read more

 

Workshop Thursday

Pattern Balancing and Matching

November 18th 2021

Content Cutting out patterned fabric (including florals, stripes & checks)
Techniques How to cut out fabric so that the pattern is balanced over the garment and matched at hems and seams.
Level Intermediate – advanced

Read more

 

Contact CIAM to book your workshops!

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