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Got a sewing machine, with the basics down, but not sure how to take it to the next level? Get the perfect introduction to garment sewing, to get great looking results.

You’ll bring along your own beautiful fabric and sewing machine to sew either a basic t-shirt or a funky reversible skirt (or both if you have time!), that will look gorgeous and fitted just for you. You’ll learn how to read patterns, do basic pattern alterations to fit your measurements, and how to cut and prepare fabric for sewing. From there you’ll sew a woven fabric utility skirt, learning how to sew pockets, a waistband, zipper and snaps. Get hands on with sewing with knits, with your next project a stylish but comfy fit t-shirt. You can add features to your t-shirt for personalisation by using contrasting fabrics or colour blocking to your preference. Nicole will show you how to use the right threads and twin needles on a standard machine, removing the need to invest in a costly overlocker. For more information on this course please contact Nicole on lokinicole@gmail.com

  • Adults: $242.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST


Age 16+
Skill Level Beginner
Time slot Whole week - afternoons only
Status 2022 details coming soon.
Location Bellingen High School

More about the course

Monday - Assessing student abilities. Fabric cutting and preparation for utility skirt.  Learning pattern markings and adjusting fit.

Tuesday - Sewing main skirt, pocket foundations and waistband.

Wednesday - Sewing all pocket pieces, including learning how to sew zippers and use KAM snaps.

Thursday - Adjusting final fit with KAM snaps.  Starting stretch skirt, cut skirt pieces, and pockets.  Learn how to cut lycra waistband to fit perfectly.

Friday - Sew stretch skirt pockets, side seams, waistband and hem

Please contact Nicole on lokinicole@gmail.com for more info or if you have any questions.




Nicole Ruigrok

Nicole Ruigrok

Nicole Ruigrok's craft addiction started when she was very young, learning to sew on her Nan's ancient sewing machine. She runs a successful home sewing business, selling custom fabric zipper pouches online.  "I started making clothes when I was pregnant with my first child in 2010.  A favourite pastime is spending hours searching for new patterns online and my kids are always kitted out in Mummy made clothes! "




Course Requirements

There are additional material costs of $50 (payable to the tutor when the course starts) which will cover:

  • Comprehensive, printed tutorial
  • Reusable pattern pieces
  • Iron-on interfacing
  • Plastic Snaps for the skirt pockets
  • Ribbing for T-Shirt necklines (if we get time to make the t-shirt)
  • Stretch sewing thread
  • Stretch twin needle
  • Stretch sewing machine needles

Items the student will need to bring to class on the first day:

  • Own sewing machine, fabric scissors, pins, bobbins and thread to match fabric choices
  • Universal sewing machine needles
  • Utility skirt - 1 metre of main fabric per side (ensure your fabric choices are not too light as the reverse fabric may show through)
  • Utility skirt - .3m of contrasting fabric per side for waistband
  • Utility skirt - .25m of fabric for pocket pieces (make sure that it complements the fabrics on both sides)
  • Utility skirt  - A 15cm zip to match pocket fabric (can be slightly longer, you can just cut it to fit)

Second item Sew a stretch skirt OR t-shirt

  • Stretch skirt -  .5m of knit is required plus scraps and waistband.  Please contact me to finalise your size and fabric requirements.OR Optional T-Shirt – 1 – 1.5 metres of suitable t-shirt fabric (check with me first to check the size you will need)

Please contact Nicole on lokinicole@gmail.com for more info or if you have any questions.

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