Fashion Design Workshops Sydney


Fashion design workshops are intensive courses that allow sewers to obtain professional design instruction to perfect a particular type of garment for themselves using luxury ready-to-wear techniques. These classes are currently available at our Sydney institute.

For more information and course fees, please click here and request an Information Pack.



Next workshop: 18 MAY 2017

21 MAY 2017

Workshop summary

An overlocker, or serger, is a versatile sewing aid that can intimidate even confident sewers. The sewing course gives an introduction to overlocker techniques and is designed to give students the confidence to use their machine to its full potential. During these fashion design workshops, students work on a number of samples that they join to make a cover for their overlocker. The cover is a reminder of what can be achieved and is a practical sample for your sewing room.

Workshop content

  • How your overlocker operates
  • Care and maintenance of your overlocker
  • Overlocker threading
  • Overlocker tension settings
  • Four-thread overlocking
  • Three-thread overlocking including rolled hems
  • Two-thread overlocking
  • Flat locking
  • Demonstration of specialist feet for gathering, applying elastic, beading and hem finishes.

All of our Sydney students are required to bring their overlocker to class.

Workshop duration

6 hours (class size is limited to 5 students)

Course fees

Tuition fee: $175 (includes $25 workshop kit)


Next workshop: 3 to 7 JULY 2017

Workshop summary

This course in designed for home sewers and dressmakers who would like a dress form that conforms to their measurements and body type. A calico bodice is made that is fitted to the student so that they can pad a dress form to conform to their measurements. A purchased dress form is used and either a purchased padding kit, available from the college, or wadding is used to make the dress form conform to the calico bodice.

Guidelines for center back, center front and the waist are then added to assist with fitting. This produces a dress form similar to those used in couture houses for their clients. A pattern is also provided, and if time permits, the student can make soft arms for their dress form so they can assess the fit of garments with sleeves. The time taken to pad a dummy varies considerably depending on how different the dress form measurements are to those of the student.

Workshop content

  • Pattern drafting of a bodice pattern for each student
  • Making a calico sample of the bodice
  • Contouring the bodice sample to fit the student and adjusting the pattern
  • Assessing the dress form and formulating the best strategy to achieve the padded form
  • Using a kit or wadding to increase the measurement of the dress form
  • Covering the dress form with a compression layer made to the bodice draft
  • Covering the dress form with a calico layer made to the bodice draft
  • Attaching guidelines for fitting to the dress form
  • Cutting out and sewing the arm pattern

Workshop duration

35 hours over 5 days

* This course is also run as part of our Short Course program as a half-day or evening course during term (38.5 hours) *

Course fees

Tuition fee for workshop: $750
Tuition fee for half-day or evening course : $770

(Dress form and padding costs are extra and will be discussed on an individual basis)


Next workshop: 10 to 12 JULY 2017

Workshop summary

This workshop is designed to introduce sewers to stretch sewing techniques using an overlocker and sewing machine to obtain a professional finish. Students will make a T-shirt and learn the edge finishing and sewing techniques required to achieve a professional finish.

Students are given a range of commercial patterns to choose from, including patterns for a basic T-shirt, easy design variations that suit different body shapes, and T-shirts for men and children. It is easier if the sewer is sewing a garment for themselves during the course as fitting stretch fabrics is part of the course.

Workshop content

  • Quality equipment selection
  • Haberdashery requirements for sewing stretch fabric
  • What correct garment fit entails
  • Interpretation of the pattern envelope information for stretch fabric
  • Taking body measurements
  • Adjusting patterns for fit
  • Understanding the pattern instructions on the pattern leaflet
  • Pattern layout and cutting.
  • Garment construction techniques which may include:
  • Stretch seams using an overlocker or sewing machine.
  • Application of facings, bands and collars for edge finishing.
  • Twin needle and cover stitch hems.
  • Use of fusible interfacing to improve finishes

Student requirements for the first session

Students receive a sheet that lists specific requirements after enrolment. The sheet includes a list of recommended patterns, how to buy the right size and tips on what fabric to select.

Haberdashery requirements may be purchased during the class. The basic requirements are:

  • Pattern and fabric
  • Thread matching the fabric and any other items like buttons required to make the chosen pattern
  • Pen and notebook
  • Paper and material cutting scissors
  • Basic sewing equipment such as pins and tape measure

Overlockers will be used to sew the T-shirt and students may bring an overlocker (with manual please) if they wish but it is not necessary.

Prior knowledge

Students should be able to sew a three or four thread overlock seam. It is an advantage to have undertaken our Taming Your Overlocker workshop, but not a prerequisite.

Workshop duration

20 hours over 3 days

Course fees

Tuition fee: $270


Next workshop: 10 to 12 JULY 2017

Workshop summary

This workshop is designed for beginner and intermediate sewers who want to learn how to fit and sew a commercial pattern. It is ideal for:

• Students undertaking the HSC who want to learn sewing skills that can be applied to their major work.

• Advanced sewers who want to learn how to fit and sew a more complex commercial pattern. Suggested garments include a shirt with a collar and sleeves, a dress with sleeves, or tailored pants with pockets.

• Sewers who want to gain or improve skills in making T-shirts or knitted tops using either an overlocker or a sewing machine.

Workshop content

  • Quality equipment selection.
  • Haberdashery requirements for sewing fabric, including stretch fabric.
  • Appropriate fabric selection.
  • Pattern styles for figure types.
  • What correct garment fit entails.
  • Interpretation of pattern envelope information.
  • Taking body measurements and determining basic pattern making alterations for personal fit.
  • Understanding pattern instructions on the paper pattern and the instruction leaflet.
  • Fabric pre-shrinking, layout and pattern making/cutting.
  • Machine treading and bobbin winding.
  • Basic sewing techniques.
  • Stretch seams using an overlocker or sewing machine. • Twin needle and cover stitch hems.

What to bring

  • Quality equipment selection.
  • A commercial pattern (a simple garment for beginners).
  • Fabric that has been washed in the way you intend to clean the finished garment. This pre-shrinks the fabric.
  • Matching thread.
  • Any sewing equipment you already own.
  • Paper scissors.
  • Pen and notebook.
  • Overlockers will be used to sew the T-shirt and students may bring an overlocker (with manual please) but it is not necessary.

Important information

Information sheet provided on enrolment. Some sewing equipment is available for purchase at the college.

Prior knowledge

No prior knowledge required

Course fees

Tuition fee: $360


Next workshop: Date TBC

Workshop summary

An introductory workshop on what is required for major works for the HSC, directed at Years 10, 11 and 12 students. This workshop is designed to assist students with the choice and execution of a major work for textile and design at HSC level. Students will receive information on major works selection. Time and skill level required to achieve their chosen project.

Workshop content

  • HSC requirements for major works that achieve high marks
  • Strategies to use projects in Year 11 to learn and finesse techniques for the year 12 major work
  • Principles and elements of good design
  • Choice and source of fabrics
  • Garment construction techniques which will involve the production of a garment sample for a lined skirt with a zipper and a bodice with a collar and sleeve
  • Altering techniques for a purchased pattern
  • Fashion illustration using body templates. Students will produce samples that include textile rendering and shading to achieve 3-dimensional finishes.
  • Mood boards and fashion communication.
  • Fabric embellishments and resources available to assist with techniques.
  • Garment costing
  • Time allocation and the importance test and sample garments.
  • Time permitting specific sewing techniques may be sampled for students on the basis of the major works they are considering. Instruction may include application of bindings, hemming evening fabrics and lace work.

Workshop duration

30 hours over 5 days

Course fees

Tuition fee: $750