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After school 4 – 6pm

  • Our after school sessions are for those teens 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 8 participants per facilitator and provide a great opportunity for the participants to get extra quality time with the experienced seamstresses.
  • We have one participant whose mother will pay for sessions, but not for cheap clothes. This gives them the opportunity to think about their style, and what they actually want to accomplish with the fabric to hand.
  • They learn valuable life skills and of course have a wardrobe that is unique to them.
  • The sessions are practical workshops, where you learn quick and easy techniques.
  • Sessions are 1 afternoon a week, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 4 – 6pm
  • Our very experienced seamstress will help them through the process of sewing each garment of their choice.
    • 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: $270 per term payable in advance

    • Classes run during the school term, which averages 9 weeks
    • Payment in full is expected at the first class of term.
    • If your child misses a class invoiced amount does not change
    • You may join this class at anytime during the term.  Individual classes are $30

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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.