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The trainer is Emily Donn, who has extensive knowledge of both clothing construction and soft furnishing e.g. cushion covers, curtains and roman blinds. Emily has worked as a dressmaker, factory manager and is an owner of a curtain workshop.

The courses are written and designed by Nikki Philipson (NHD in Clothing Production Management, 5yrs Qualification) who has over 20 years experience. Nikki has been a technical manager for a major South African Retailer, worked as a dressmaker and a pattern maker and has extensive experience and knowledge with regards to the construction of garments.

A comprehensive manual is issued with each course. The objectives of the courses briefed below are for the sewer to learn the sewing techniques of the appropriate level, and to finish at least one garment determined by the course. This is to ensure that each sewer has the ability to make garments, on their own, at the relevant competency level upon completion of the course.

Lesson information: The following 5 courses are available:

Sewing equipment – Setting tension, knowing your machine, general troubleshooting
Appropriate needles for various fabrics
Fabric - basic construction and composition
Using a commercial pattern – tracing and basic pattern adaptations
Basic laying up and cutting out
Basic construction techniques: Seams finishes hems etc

Sewer should have a basic knowledge of sewing.
The focus for this section is bottoms skirts pants etc. Construction techniques eg darts pockets zips etc
Working out fabric ratings and laying up and cutting out

Advanced 1 & 2:
Sewer must have a good knowledge of sewing and construction methods. Sewer must be able to use a commercial pattern with confidence and must be able to read and follow pattern instructions to make up basic garments
Advanced construction: Focus on tops shirt and blouses – collars facings setting in sleeves etc

Preparation, Construction, Assembly, Lining, Finishing and Pressing

Maximum 5 sewers per class

Course schedules:

Saturday 08:00 – 11:00
Thursday 08:00 – 11:00
Thursday 18:00 – 21:00

Saturday 11:30 – 14:30
Tuesday 08:00 – 11:00
Tuesday 18:00 – 21:00

Advanced courses to be offered in the near future

Our next courses start from the 13th of February 2016.

The schedule is subject to change depending on bookings

Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced courses costs R1800 each. (8 weeks)
This is inclusive of course notes but does not include equipment or fabric

To register and secure your place for the course a 25% deposit is required upon registering. The balance must be paid before the lessons commence. This can be done via EFT or a cash payment at first lesson.

Sewing Machine – There are sewing machines available for those who do not have their own machine. This is managed on a first come first serve basis. Please book a sewing machine when you register.
Overlocker (optional)

All equipment needed is available in the workroom, please refrain from bringing own equipment into the workroom, e.g. fabric scissors, chalk etc

Please contact either Emily at or Nikki at to receive a registration form.

We look forward to meeting you at the next sewing class. Should you require any further information, do not hesitate to contact Emily on 082 412 9051 or Nikki on 083 373 1563 or via e-mail addresses as above. You can also visit our website for more information.

Yours in sewing
Emily Donn

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