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 3-hour workshops are $22 per hour, including GST ($66 per workshop). 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

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

Workshop Wednesday
Get to know your sewing machine Feb 24th 2021

Content An introduction to how to use and care for your sewing machine, including the role of different feet and needles.
Techniques Bring your accessory box , instruction manual, sewing feet and different types of needles
Level Beginner

This workshop teaches the use of traditional sewing machines, not overlockers or coverstitch machines

Please contact CIAM prior to the workshop to advise the brand of sewing machine you own and discuss what types of sewing feet and needles you need to bring to the workshop.

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Workshop Wednesday
Interfacing and Underlining March 3rd 2021

Content How to use interfacing and underlining
Techniques How to choose and apply interfacing and underlining
Level Beginner – advanced

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Workshop Wednesday
The Basics of Couture Sewing 1 March 10th 2021

Content An introduction to sewing
Techniques Hand-stitching; darts; simple seams (the couture way!); princess seams
Level Beginner – intermediate

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Workshop Wednesday
The Basics of Couture Sewing 2 March 24th 2021

Content Seam finishes
Techniques French seam; Hong Kong finish; flat – fell seam; pleats, gathers & easing
Level Beginner – intermediate

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Workshop Wednesday
Zipper Insertion Methods April 14th 2021

Content Different methods of zipper insertion
Techniques Hand-picked; lapped; centred; invisible
Level Beginner – advanced

Remember to bring a zipper foot and an invisible zipper foot to this workshop.

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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

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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

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Workshop Wednesday
Pockets August 18th 2021

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

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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

Workshop Saturday
Get to Know Your Sewing Machine Feb 27th 2021

Content An introduction to how to use and care for your sewing machine, including the role of different feet and needles.
Techniques Bring your accessory box , instruction manual, sewing feet and different types of needles
Level Beginner

This workshop teaches the use of traditional sewing machines, not overlockers or coverstitch machines.

Please contact CIAM prior to the workshop to advise the brand of sewing machine you own and discuss what types of sewing feet and needles you need to bring to the workshop.

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday
Interfacing and Underlining March 6th 2021

Content How to use interfacing and underlining
Techniques How to choose and apply interfacing and underlining
Level Beginner – advanced

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday
The Basics of Couture Sewing 1 March 13th 2021

Content An introduction to sewing
Techniques Hand-stitching; darts; simple seams (the couture way!); princess seams
Level Beginner – intermediate

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday
The Basics of Couture Sewing 2 March 27th 2021

Content Seam finishes
Techniques French seam; Hong Kong finish; flat – fell seam; pleats, gathers & easing
Level Beginner – intermediate

Read more

 

Workshop Saturday
Zipper Insertion Techniques April 17th 2021

Content Different methods of zipper insertion
Techniques Hand-picked; lapped; centred; invisible
Level Beginner – advanced

Remember to bring a zipper foot and an invisible zipper foot to this workshop.

Read more

 

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

 

Contact CIAM to book your workshops!

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