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After school 4 – 6pm

After school 4 – 6pm
  • Our after school sessions are for those teens (12+) who want their own style, or who are bored with hand sewing and want to extend their skills.
  • The sessions are small, no more than 6 participants per facilitator and provide a great opportunity for the participants to get extra quality time with the experienced seamstresses.
  • They learn valuable life skills and of course a sense of accomplishment from each completed project.
  • The sessions are practical workshops, where you learn quick and easy techniques.
  • Sessions are Monday from 4 – 6pm
  • Our very experienced seamstress will help them through the process of sewing each garment of their choice.
  • Projects may be available for the absolute beginner – enquire on enrolment.
    • A sewing machine –  if you have a machine – We encourage participants to use their own machines, but they are welcome to use the Academy’s machines which are  proudly sponsored by Bernina
    • There is a charge  of $5 deposit for a Bernina bobbin, which is refundable at the end of the year.
    • Basic sewing supplies, i.e. pins, hand sewing needle, scissors, un-picker, pen, pencil and ruler, a small note book, and your pattern and fabric
    • Box to keep everything in.  Please name as much as you can, you may find you need to replace pins, but that is normal.
    • Participants can use all types of fabric, although for beginners we recommend non stretch woven fabric.
    Fees: $337.35 per term payable in advance. (Individual classes are $40)

    • Classes run during the school term, which averages 9 weeks
    • Payment in full is expected at the first class of term.
    • If your teen misses a class invoiced amount is unchanged and non refundable.
    • You may join this class at anytime during the term.
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    I really enjoy sewing and making clothes, The academy has great premises, great machines and great tutors. I enjoy making my own project as I get to choose what to make. Megan Leechi
    I have been coming to the Academy for about 18 months, I like to make my own clothes and I occasionally gift them to my sister. I have also sold something I made on Trademe.  I can easily get the attention of the tutor and can make my own stuff. Jade McQuoid

    Click here for Information about Pattern Purchase


    For the teenage class we recommend Young Burda patterns available from any good supplier of fabric Spotlight, Arthur Toye in Wairau Park or Bernina in Takapuna. (For your reference the more seams (lines) in the design the harder the pattern.)
    You will need the correct amount of fabric to complete your project.
    Good fabrics to make a first project out of  – are Bengaline or Mechanical Stretch, Cottons, Poplins,  Shantung Linen, Gabardine and most Denims. Types to avoid – very soft, see through, and/or silky fabrics such as Chiffon, Satins, Charmeuse. The correct length of fabric is indicated on the back of the pattern envelope. It may look like a foreign language, but I hope the following tips may help:-
    • decide which View – A, B, C, D  etc., she would like to make
    • find that view on the list at the back of the pattern
    • know  what size she is going to make and,
    • width of the fabric you  like – (this is shown on the tag at the end of the fabric roll, along with the name of the fabric, and the price) –   on the example below a size 10 would take 1.8m of 115cm fabric or 1.5m of 150cm fabric


    8 10 12 14
    View  A  Skirt 115cm (width of fabric) 1.8m 1.8m 1.9m 2.m
    150cm (width of fabric) 1.5m 1.5m 1.6m 1.7m

    If all else fails the shop assistants will be able to read the pattern requirements, they are there to help and make sure you purchase what you need. Measure the hips if making a skirt,   this measurement will dictate  the size of the commercial  pattern you need to buy. Measure the bust if making a dress,  this measurement will dictate  the size of the commercial  pattern you need to buy The sizing on the pattern will indicate what is needed. Whatever you do please purchase a pattern in the correct size range.   It will not be any use if it is too small, or for that matter, too big. Patterns -In any fabric store there will be a  stand with pattern books on it.  Look at the books and find the numbers we have suggested, and jot down the size group it indicates.  ( You will find on that particular page it will show a range of sizes – ie  6,8,10 = G  or 16,18,20,22 = PP  – each one would be different ). Select the size  range you need and at the counter – ask for

    • Pattern name – (Burda etc.)
    • pattern number
    • size range you require.

    Ensure your child's safety

    You must advise us of any medical conditions and/or special learning needs. All such information will remain confidential.

    Sign In/Out Procedure

    Students under the age of fourteen (14) must arrive at the stated times for their class, accompanied by a caregiver who is required to sign them in with a signature. Caregivers must collect students from the studio and sign them out after each class. Students will not be permitted to leave the studio without a caregiver present. You must inform the tutor anytime someone other than the registered caregivers will be collecting the child. The centre will not be held responsible for the safety of children who arrive early at class and are left unattended by caregivers.

    Uncollected Students

    If no-one has arrived to collect a child at the end of class, the tutor will attempt to contact parents/caregivers and the alternative contact person using the emergency details supplied at time of enrolment. After half an hour, if no-one has arrived to collect the child and the tutor has been unable to contact anyone after repeated attempts, the tutor will transport the child to the nearest police station and will transfer the child to their care.

    Disruptive Behaviour

    Management reserves the right to exclude from the programme any child who is constantly disruptive, does not adhere to the programme rules or poses a significant risk to the safety of themselves or others. The tutor reserves the right to contact and request caregivers to collect students displaying disruptive behaviour during class. NZ Academy of Fashion will strive to be fair and consistent.

    Accidents and Emergencies

    Parents will be contacted immediately and staff will perform appropriate first aid and if necessary call an ambulance. Any urgent medical attention will be at the parents’ cost. Children will not be transported by private vehicles unless there is a serious emergency e.g. the need to evacuate due to tsunami, earthquake or when a child has not been picked up and needs to be transported to the police station.

    If you have any comments or concerns about the sessions, please speak to the tutor in the first instance.