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Melbourne dressmakers/ sewers

bilston_ | Posted in General Discussion on


Ive been living here in melbourne over a year and terribly miss my sewing teacher and weekly nights of sewing with a group of guys and girls in Perth.. im yet to find anything smiliar here!

Does anyone know of, or a part of a sewing ‘group’ spose you could call it.. I work full time and only have evenings free and live in south melbourne and i LOVE to sew.. but know so few people here who do! and well sometimes it’s nice to share the knowledge, fun & exepreince!

or are there any experienced sewers near south melb who could give me some lessons? i think im a fairly good sewer.. i just tend to get stuck on the hard things.. and would LOve some help and direction when i get frustrated.. which isn’t too often!!

thanks 🙂


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    paddyscar | | #1

    Hi Bilston:

    You could check your local community college, which may have envening classes.  A sewing machine shop or a fabric store would likely have classes, or be aware of any local classes.


    1. bilston_ | | #2

      ahh thanks.. there are very few fabric shops in south melb and spotlight/ lincraft i have checked out and none actually have 'dressmaking' they're all quilting/ crafst etc and these are 13km + away from where i live! so i'll keep looking

  2. Annie17 | | #3

    Difficult trying to find much happening with sewing in our wonderful City.  Most teachers seem to cater for those who are not working and we don't have surburban fabric stores that have an existing network of customers.  There is the Australian Sewing Guild that have groups meetin all over the place and they exhibit at the Stiches & Craft shows.  I have not checked them out and would believe that you may have to check a few out to get one that suits you.   As an evening sewer I assume that you too are sewing coloured fabric, anything from Melbourne's staple colour of BLACK.

    1. bilston_ | | #4

      Yaay! you understand my frustrations! i was so upset when they shut down the south melbourne spotlight and i thought clegs in the city was an expensive dissapointment..i'll have a look up on this sewing guild.. i went to the last stiches and craft show.. but it was seemed to be so much craft/ quiliting and embroidery..ahh yes the staple BLACK of melbourne.. is it the dreary weather?
      i haven't conformed... yetthanks for your replies and emails :)

      1. jennys | | #5

        The CAE ( council of adult education ) is running some dressmaking courses atarting soon, and they are held in the city, in degraves street ( just off flinders street, and next to the seriously cool area in the cbd ). They put a booklet out recently, and are also accessible via the cae website.(http://www.cae.edu.au )
        The courses are often run by people who work in the arts and crafts area in the central city area, so that can be a bonus, as they tend to be able to recommend others. Also, the courses are at weekends and in the evenings. They are running quite a few textile related courses. l did the beginner shoe making course last year - they will have an advanced course again come september, apparently.
        jenny s

  3. Ellene | | #6

    You might like to check out the Sewing Downunder Thread on PatternReview.com.


    There are many Melbourne members who post there and on PR. Someone there may know of some groups. Meanwhile, it seems to be a great place where Aussie sewists can share information and news.

    HTH's :o)


  4. mem | | #7

    hello Im just over the Yarra from you .  Have you discovered The Cloth Shop in lower Heidleberg Road Ivanho ??  There is also Artextiles in Richmond which is pricey but has wonderful fabric .

    They have some evening sessions . I know what you mean about finding it hard to find fellow sewers . The sewing guild does have sessions on weekends . I joined for a while but found that my life was just too busy to ever get there. I also actually got information from The Melbourne School of fashion which is is Fitzroy and they run some part time 2 evenings a week part time advanced sewing courses . They run for a year and are a serious commitment which I  would just love to do but children with homework needs and eating needs are just too hard to put aside .  Good luck and let me know how you go!!

    1. bilston_ | | #8

      ok! well i had to let you all know how my hunt has been going :)i found a sewing school in albert park.. YAY
      http://www.sewhappyworkshops.com.au and the teacher sounds lovely! Going to have a look very soon and hopefully enrol..AND then i logged on to the melbourne school of fashion and got terrible excited hehe and have decided to do their Certificate of Pattern Making and Garment Construction starting in July. Gives me some time to save up for the fee's!and for anyone interested the Melbourne School of Fashion is having an information seminar at the hilton hotel on 2nd May. it's FREE! and im going if anyone wants to come with me? :)THanks for your help again

      1. mem | | #9

        oH GOOD ON YOU i WOULD LOVE TO GO TO THE M SCHOOL OF FASHION BUT WELL ITS JUST NOT MY TIME YET. I am interested in the sewing school too so let me know.

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