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 now made these workshops available to everyone who wants to improve their sewing skills. The workshops have been very popular.

A series of individual workshops is scheduled though out the year. Participants may enrol in any or all of the classes. Most classes 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 and diploma courses to attend certain technical workshops.

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Course Requirements

  • Students should bring their own sewing machines along with the manual, correct bobbins and accessories. It may be possible to hire one from CIAM on prior application (Belmore only).
  • Students will require basic sewing essentials, including pins, needles, threads, fabric scissors and thread snipers.

Couture Garment Construction Workshops

On days when technical workshops are not held, we will hold Couture Garment Construction sewing workshops. Please contact CIAM to register your interest in these workshops.  Participants will need to discuss what garments are suitable for their level of experience with Annamaria Granato, Director of CIAM Patternmaking Australia. As commercial patterns are not suitable for this type of sewing, patterns will be drafted by CIAM to the student’s measurements and style specifications (price dependent upon garment type and style). CIAM Patternmaking students may draft their own patterns.

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.

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

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

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

Times

Arrival and set-up time

8:45 am – 9:00 am

Sewing Workshop

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pack-up

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

 

 

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The basics of couture sewing 1

Content Seam finishes
Techniques Basic hand-stitching; darts; simple seams (the couture way!); princess seams
Level Beginner – advanced

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The basics of couture sewing 2

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

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Waistline finishing techniques

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

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Hems

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

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Zipper insertion techniques

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

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Tailored skirt vent

Content Skirt vent (or kick-pleat) in a tailored straight skirt with lining
Techniques Constructing a vent with integral lining rather than a free-hanging one
Level Intermediate – advanced

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Necklines

Content Sewing different neckline finishes
Techniques Stabilisation; simple facing; bias edging; sheer
Level Beginner – intermediate

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Sleeve vents and cuffs

Content Plackets (sleeve vents) and cuffs
Techniques 2 methods of sewing a shirt sleeve placket and how to attach a cuff
Level Beginner – advanced

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Collars

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

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Fly Front

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

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Pattern Balancing and Matching

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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Sleeves

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

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Workshop

Bound pockets and buttonholes

Content Pocket with welts and 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

Horsehair canvas

Content Using horsehair canvas to add body and shaping to a wool jacket, especially the collar and lapels
Techniques Catch-stitch & pad-stitching. Shaping using stitching & steam
Level Medium – advanced

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Pockets

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

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Introduction to Sewing Knit Fabrics 1

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: You do not need to bring an overlocker to this 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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Introduction to Sewing Knit Fabrics 2

This is the second part of a 2-week course. 

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

Note: You do not need to bring an overlocker to this class.

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