Sewing classes - Adults

Below are details of the available sewing classes provided by Vikki Leigh Martin at her sewing school located in the Centre Arcade, Bentleigh, Melbourne. Victoria.

Each class is conducted in a small group of no more than six students, delivering excellent value and contact time. One on one Private Lessons are also available for students with specific needs or time constraints. Sewing machines and overlockers are provided, or you are welcome to bring your own sewing machine if you prefer. Tea and coffee supplied.

Introduction to Sewing

Introduction to Sewing

Always wanted to learn to sew? This beginner's course shows you all the important basics. While learning to use a sewing machine and an overlocker, students create samples to use as a reference. In the final lesson, students cut out their own skirt in calico to fit and create a customised pattern, this skirt will be completed in the next course, 'Start to Sew 1'.

This course is recommended for those who have never sewn or have not sewn for a while.

Material requirements -This course includes a sample workbook, calico and a beginners sewing kit comprising scissors, thread, chalk, ruler, pins and needles etc.

Start to Sew 1

Start to Sew 1

In this course, students complete a calico skirt known as a toile. The toile teaches students about their body shape. Students are then taught to alter the commercial pattern for a perfect fit. The customised pattern will then be constructed in the students own fabric. After twenty hours of tuition, students have developed sound skills and are equipped to move on to the next course, 'Start to Sew 2'.

Material requirements - students to provide all materials and a sewing kit.

Start to Sew 2

Start to Sew 2

In this course, the focus is on understanding the pattern guide sheet instructions. Students purchase a pattern of their choice and whilst making the garment, gain a fuller understanding of the symbols, language and methods used in constructing a garment through the support of their pattern guide sheet. Textiles, pattern and fabric selection and tools of the trade will be discussed throughout the course.

Material requirements - students to provide all materials and a sewing kit.

Garment Construction

Garment Construction

Student's who have completed the Start to Sew 2 course, move on to Garment Construction. The aim of this course and all further study is for students to be exposed to the different elements that make up a garment, for example a collar and sleeves on a shirt or pockets in pants. Students will construct a garment of their choice. It is advised that students trial their pattern in calico.

Please note: If you are an experienced sewer, you are welcome to enrol in this course.

Material requirements - students to provide all materials and a sewing kit.

Wednesday Workshops

Students must be able to use a sewing machine competently and have sound sewing skills. These workshops are not for beginners.

Dress making

One Day Sewing Workshops

Come and join a one day sewing workshop. This workshop has been developed for anyone who just loves to sew. Personally I can’t think of anything nicer than spending a whole day immersed in a sewing project while meeting like minded people. The workshop runs from 10am – 3pm and includes a 30 minute lunch break.

Suggested Projects – Garment construction, sewing with knit fabrics, cushion making and bag making.

Suggested Patterns – Style Arc – Maddison top, Freya knit tunic, Fifi woven pant, Iris woven dress.
Helen’s Closet – Blackwood knit cardigan
True Bias – Sutton blouse

Material requirements – If you are making a bag, cushion or a knit garment to save time on the day I recommend that you prepare your sewing project. Pre cut and mark all pieces and apply interfacing if required. For those making a woven garment I recommend cutting the pattern out in calico and sewing it up ready for a fitting. Students to provide all materials.

Machine and tool requirements – Sewing machines and overlockers are available for students to use, you are welcome to bring your own sewing machine. Students to provide a sewing kit.

Students are welcome to enrol in these workshops as often as they wish.

Please call Vikki to discuss your project on 0417 597 189

Patterns can be viewed on -

Private Lessons

One on One

One on One

Sewing Tuition - Private lessons are available for students from all levels with specific needs as well as those needing a flexible timetable. Students can follow the advertised courses, or maybe you are just after individual tuition to complete a special project. Students are encouraged to work with Vikki to develop their own course.

Sewing Machine Tuition - Learn about - threading, tension, your stitch selection and your feet selection.

Overlocker Tuition - Learn about - threading, tension, differential feed and rolled hemming.

Tuition for Two - Students are welcome to share a private lesson with a friend, a lovely time to catch up and learn together.

School Holiday Tuition

School Holiday Tuition - Vikki is available for group and individual lessons for adults and teenagers over each school holiday period. For teenagers with limited knowledge I recommend a two x two hour lesson allowing time to learn about the sewing machine and to complete their chosen project such as a simple skirt, cushion or handbag.

Vikki has a Working with Children Check

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