Wednesday, February 22, 2012

NEW Modification of a Commercial Pattern Classes @ Tessuti Surry Hills

Want to improve your skills fitting and adapting commercial patterns? Now you can learn all the tricks of the trade from a professional.
Your teacher Megan has over 20 yrs specialist pattern making experience, from mainstream to high end fashion.
She will guide you through the complexities of your chosen pattern design and give you the confidence to tackle any challenge.
For all home sewers (not for absolute beginners) wanting to develop patternmaking skills, come and enjoy this relaxed, informative and interactive class.

Modification of a Commercial Pattern
If you are able to sew your own garments but experience frustration with producing ill-fitting garments this workshop will enable you to adjust a bodice or dress pattern to fit exactly (no pants or jackets at this time). To prepare for the workshop you will need to cut out your pattern (perhaps it will be one that you have previously used and know that it needs some work). If in doubt, make sure the size you cut is too big rather than too small. Cut a calico (or scrap fabric) garment from this pattern. Do not cut pockets, or facings but you may cut one sleeve and bring the entire pattern to the workshop. Sew the calico together using a big stitch and even a contrasting thread so that seams can be unpicked quickly if necessary. Please be aware that the fitting of your calico will take place in the shop during business hours and ensure that you wear a close fitting t-shirt and leggings if your calico won’t cover as much as you would like. As well as your calico and pattern you will need pins, measuring tape, ruler (french curve rulers are great), a sharp pencil, eraser, paper scissors, fabric scissors, magic or sticky tape, needle and thread. If you have a grading ruler, tracing wheel or coloured texta pens these can also be helpful.

  Saturday 14th April 
  Saturday 21st April
  Friday 27th April
  Friday 4th May
  Friday 18th May
  Thursday 7th June
  Friday 8th June
  Saturday 16th June
  Thursday 21st June
  Saturday 30th June

Classes run for 4 hours (10am - 2pm). Spaces are limited, all bookings strictly online here.


  1. Hi Colette .... These classes look fantastic! Are they just one day classes or do you you come to all of them?? If they are one day....?? Wonder if hubby would let me come in June???? Hmmmm Also have you ever thought of having a weekend or long weekend workshop for your out of town shoppers??? Would love to come.....:) but realize it is a lot of work....and planning....
    Also do you sell the French curves at your shop?? Have been looking for one for a while.... Oh so envious of the Sydney ladies... I would be booking for the first now if I lived closer...... Hope you are all having a great day at Tessuti!! I have been playing around with my samples this am.....:) many thanks for same...
    Lou xx

    1. Hi Louise,

      That's a great idea! I will have a chat to our Sew Inn teachers and get back to you.
      Regarding French Curve rulers (I'd be lost without mine!) , yes we do sell them in store, must add them to the online store just not sure if they'll fit in the standard post bags but I will email you details etc.

    2. In answer to your first question they are a one day class, but you can always book into more that one class. I'm sure our customers have more than one pattern that is a challenge to get the fit right!

  2. Would LOVE to do this but am in Melbourne. Will you maybe hold another one down here?

    1. Hi Cha Cha,

      We already run these classes at our store Tessuti Melbourne. See here

  3. Hi Colette,

    Thanks for the info redirection. Unfortunately, I can't do Saturdays so will keep my eyes peeled for when a different day pops up!



  4. Hi, Love this site and am looking to book into the April Classes - modification of a commercial pattern - I don't seem to be able to select the to purchase my space - when are they open to book?

    1. Hi Trish - if you check the date above, you'll note that this post was published back in 2012. Please go to our booking page URL below to view all current available classes at Surry Hills.

    2. thanks Lisa - I forgot to read the page properly ... thanks !


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