Altering Your Own Garments

Altering Your Own Garments

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This short course of workshops has been created to fill the gap between 'I can alter that, let's buy it' to 'Sits in pile for ages never being touched'...

So many buy clothing or are gifted it with the intention of making an alteration to it, upcycling, amending it... and then never having the time or the knowledge for how to do so. Or, we buy things and find after wearing them for a while that they need some attention

Well, now we can

Or, have you been wanting to ask Ariane to amend/repair one of your much-loved garments? ... now’s the time to bring it in and learn how to do it

This is going to be an informal workshop, where you can bring along those items and Ariane will walk you through how to make the changes you want. This is hands-on tuition with the intention of making those garments stop collecting dust, start being worn and keep them out of landfill

The direction of these sessions is dictated by those that attend


Key Takeaways / Learning's from the class:

Basic construction techniques and explanations 

A great opportunity to 'get inside' Ariane's head and ask those questions you've been hoping to have answered all while completing those projects you hoped to do long ago 

Examples of alterations we can complete together:

-Taking in a shirt or dress at the side seams to reduce the size

-Shorten dress or top straps

-Tailor a trouser leg

-Change a zip 

-Shorten and hem jeans or trousers

-Shortening a dress to make it into a top or tunic

-Add darts to amend the fit of a garment which is too loose

-Adding side vents to t-shirts so that they fit over a larger torso

-Extend the length of tops to cover midriff

(Please note – if you would like to add pockets to garments there is a separate workshop scheduled dedicated to this)


Pre Class Requirements:

  1. Completed the Introductory to Sewing Machines or Overlocker’s class using either your own machine or one of Ariane's


  1. Discussed with Ariane that you have suitable recent experience with a machine to be able to enjoy this class


  1. An awareness that your alterations will need to be completed by hand, which is often the case and this session can absolutely accommodate this  


What to bring with you:

A notebook

Your 'to be altered' garment(s) - you are very welcome to bring a few, you never know how quickly we may get through things!

Any fabrics, zips or finishing's needed to make your amendments 

Your Sewing machine or Overlocker 


What would you receive:

Assistance from Ariane specifically tailored to your garments and requirements

This is run over a two-week period to allow for any additional fabrics or trims that need to be purchased to finish the garments 

Needles, threads, scissors and snips will all be provided 


Class Capacity:

Capped at 4 people 


Access to the private 'Sparkle Gang Stitch' Facebook group:


You will be added to the special secret Sparkle Gang Stitch Facebook group - a place where Ariane will be sharing tips and tricks for sewing and secret ideas for how to improve your sewing. Class attendees will be encouraged to share pictures of their makes and share knowledge and ideas. It's a community we're growing for the Sewing Revolution! This is the place to have access to Ariane's technical knowledge.


Who can attend?

The classes are operated in a respectful manner and no preferences will be taken over the gender of attendees - everyone is encouraged to take part!

Anyone over the age of 18 due to the use of sewing machines


Class Length:

2.5 hours x 2 weeks


5 hours x 1 week


Dates and Times of Classes:  

Thursday 16th May - 6.30pm to 9pm

Saturday 1st June - 11.30am to 5pm  



Sessions will be held at Ariane's studio - 18 Dawson Street, Brunswick


Refund and Cancellation Policy:

No Refund applicable. The sessions are run on a drop-in basis, capped at 4 people per session - you will need to advise Ariane in advance which ones you would like to attend to help manage this. If you miss a session, you are welcome to attend a different time so long as it is run again and there is space in that session. Not transferable to another person. To run, this class needs a minimum of 3 attendees booked in, if this is not the case 24 hours before the class begins Ariane may be in touch to re-schedule to another date


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