Loading Events

« All Events

Simply Sewn
Sunday 16 February

Sunday 16 February 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Simply Sewn - the best workshop for garment basics


Simply Sewn LessonLet’s master the basics of dressmaking with this simple to sew top!

Within just a single (dress) pattern, there are endless permutations through the variables of fabric, be it fibre content, colour, or print. The resulting garment is unique and acts to place a stamp of individuality in a uniform world: it is a display of a person’s skill as well as their taste.

Handmade has an authenticity, where each choice is deliberate, from how cloth is cut to the colour of thread. In this way a bespoke garment becomes a truly reflective canvas.

Sonya Philip, of 100 Acts of Sewing

Simply Sewn Top #2 I have been sewing almost for as long as I can remember. My mum was a dressmaker and I jokingly say that “I grew up in a sewing room”. At the age of 86, my mother is still a very competent and accurate seamstress…I had a great teacher!! I guess I learnt a lot of what I know initially by osmosis…by just being in the sewing room, watching her and listening to conversations.

However as I grew old enough to sew my own clothes, I began to experiment for myself, playing, altering patterns, changing detailing, swapping in sleeves, bodices or collars from other patterns, generally having fun and making mistakes (and embracing them) and learning lots along the way!!! I enjoyed putting my own stamp on the garments I made!! 

Simply Sewn Top #3Over the years however, I have ended up with a few favourite patterns that I tend to use over and over. There is endless variety available simply by changing the type of fabric, the colour, the shape of a sleeve, the line of a skirt, etc.

I still get a real thrill out of making my own garments…it’s a combination of the fun of the actual sewing and then the joy of wearing something that you have make for yourself…something that fits well, suits your colouring and reflects your style and your personality.

I truly want others to share that same sense of joy that comes with making your own simple clothes……I want to help people explore the basics of simple garment construction so that they can confidently start to make their own clothes.

Simply Sewn Top #6My motivation:

  • To help people escape from the cycle of fast fashion…by sewing for yourself, you gain a much greater appreciation of the true value of clothes
  • To help give people confidence to develop their own wardrobe by mastering some basics of sewing
  • To encourage people to experiment with fabrics, textures, prints and colours…..to express themselves creatively through what they wear!!
  • To start conversations about using up your stash of fabric rather than constantly adding to it
  • To help people learn how to recycle favourite garments by reusing fabrics in fun and clever ways

Simply Sewn Top #9How will it work?

  • We’ll start with a simple top pattern.
  • We’ll help you find your fit.
  • We’ll start to play and experiment with fabrics, styling and detailing.
  • We’ll get sewing, building confidence as we go!!

This workshop will have a nice leisurely pace, with ample time for conversations about finding your own style, sewing construction, experimentation and responsible use of textiles.

Tutor: Julie

Experience: Must be familiar with the use of a sewing machine

What to bring:

  • Minimum of 1.5m of medium weight fabric – Cotton, cotton/linen blends, poly/cotton blends. Feel free to bring several fabrics that can be mixed and matched, recycled fabrics or garments. Synthetics are not suitable for this project as they generally do not have enough body.
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing pins
  • Please bring your own lunch

What’s included:

  • Morning tea on arrival
  • Pattern which is yours to keep
  • 25mm bias tape maker which is yours to keep
  • Sewing equipment

Special Notes:

  • We will supply morning tea on arrival and will have plenty of filtered water on hand.
  • This workshop lasts for approximately 5 hours and you might get a bit hungry so please bring something light and easy for lunch or to snack on as we will be creating our garments right through lunch time.


Interested in the next workshop?

If this workshop is full or the listed date is unsuitable for you, please check our newsletter for advanced notice of our next available workshop, or you can send me an email to arrange a private lesson for a time that suits you.

Email us
about a private lesson
Want us to stay in touch?
Subscribe to our Newsletter


The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking "Get Tickets" will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
Tickets are no longer available


Sunday 16 February 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Event Categories:


Ministry of Handmade Studio
11 Eclipse Street
Bridgeman Downs, QLD 4035 Australia
+ Google Map
View Venue Website


Julie Hillier
0414 467 405
View Organiser Website