Sew Your Own Fashion

Duration8 weeks
Pre-requisitesIt is recommended that you have a basic knowledge of how to use a domestic sewing machine and basic hand stitching, however all skill levels are welcome. All machines for the course are provided by TAFE SA.
Example Career ProfileTailors and Dressmakers


How great will you feel when you can say ‘I made it’? Learn how to make a garment of your choice, using industry techniques for that professional finish. You will cover adjusting a pattern, cutting out, fitting, sewing and finishing your garment.

Using a commercial pattern for a simple garment (pattern to be purchased prior to first session), you will cover many aspects of pattern alterations and sewing professionally including:
- Reading and understanding commercial patterns
- Measuring and adjusting patterns
- Introduction to fabric knowledge
- Basic cutting skills
- Using a sewing machine / overlocker
- Learn various methods of sewing techniques appropriate for your garment choice
- Students may produce a variety of samples using various demonstrated techniques for future reference
- Discuss various methods and applications of utilising these techniques in fashion garments

Many of these wonderful techniques and skills can be applied to create original and inspired contemporary fashions, accessories and home crafts.


You MUST bring the required equipment to the first session, otherwise you will experience delays in starting your garment. Lecturers DO NOT provide this equipment. Students are required to provide the following:

- Basic Sewing/Pattern Kit: Pins, Fine hand sewing needles, Quick unpick or small sharp scissors, Fabric scissors, Tape measure, 30cm ruler, Paper scissors, HB OR mechanical pencil, Eraser, Sticky tape, Pen & notebook.
- Materials for garment: Commercial pattern (pattern to be purchased - if this is your first experience sewing a garment, were commend that you select a pattern that is for an easy, basic, simple skirt), Fabric length (sufficient for garment), Quality threads for sewing and over locking (minimum 4 reels, matching fabric), Any trims, zips, buttons, press studs etc. that is required for the completion of the garment, Any other items that are identified by your lecturer.

The following equipment will be provided by TAFESA:
- Any pattern making paper needed for alterations
- Fabric for testing out pattern (calico or similar)
- Domestic sewing machines
- Domestic overlockers

Workshop Safety

For workshop safety you must adhere to the following policies:
- Shoes with a low heel and enclosed toes must be worn in the workshop (thongs are not permitted)
- Long hair must be tied back
- Please refrain from wearing any long, loose or overly large jewellery when operating machines
- No food or drink is permitted in work areas except bottled water
- No personal music devices are to be used in workshops or while operating machines

Short Course Delivery Locations Help…

Adelaide CityTue 20 Feb 2018Tue 10 Apr 2018Enrol Now
$350.00 GST inc
No concessions apply.
8 weeks x 3 hours
Tuesdays 6:00-9:00pm
Enquire8463 5000
No refunds apply unless the course is cancelled by TAFE SA. International students on a Student visa (subclass 500) are not eligible to undertake short courses.