Building Blocks 2017-08-21T13:11:02+00:00

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Have you ever wanted to draft your own patterns from scratch?  If so, then you need a set of pattern blocks to get you started.

Taught by industry expert and sewing teacher of 30 years, Sandra Bryans, you’ll learn how to draft pattern blocks using a straight forward measure-to-paper method.  Sandra will teach you how to accurately measure your own body, use these measurements to draft pattern blocks designed specifically for your body shape and then make adjustments so they fit perfectly!

Choose from the skirt, pant or bodice classes available, or book all three and over ten weeks you’ll create a suite of blocks ready for you to slash and adjust into a range of patterns – your imagination is your only limit.


The Building Blocks course will run in three parts.  Book just one, or sign up for all three at a reduced rate:

Part 1 (weeks 1-3): Skirt

$195 per person (inc GST) including three 2.5 hour classes.

Part 2 (weeks 4-6): Pant

$195 per person (inc GST) including three 2.5 hour classes.

Part 3 (weeks 7-10): Bodice with sleeve

$260 per person (inc GST) including four 2.5 hour classes.

OR book all 10 lessons and receive a discounted rate of $590 (inc GST)

What’s included?

  • 2.5 hour lessons in a group of no more than 8 students
  • Paper for drafting
  • 5m of calico for sewing toiles
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits to keep you going!

You will need to bring/supply:

  • Your sewing machine
  • A french curve ruler
  • Quilting rulers (whatever you have), otherwise if you’re looking to purchase, we recommend a 23″ x 6.5″ ruler
  • Pins, bobbins, dressmaking shears, thread, measuring tape etc.
  • Please wear fitted clothing or undergarments that you feel comfortable wearing in front of the group.  For the bodice, a well-fitting bra and singlet, for the pants/skirt, leggings that are fitted but not so tight they create dents.

Skill level required:

This course is designed for intermediate to advanced sewers.  You need to be confident in garment construction and the use of your machine.


Sew for Life Studio, Unit 3/16 Main Street, Osborne Park, Perth

Booking Terms & Conditions:

1)      Course fees are required to be paid on booking to secure your place.

2)      Should you choose to pay by direct deposit, note that your place is not secured until full payment is received.  Your invoice is due 7 days from the date of invoice or 14 days prior to course commencement, whichever is sooner.  Should you require a payment plan, please contact us to make arrangements.

3)      If the course is cancelled by Sew for Life (i.e. minimum course numbers not reached)  you may choose to receive either a full 100% refund, or transfer payment to a later course.

4)      If you cancel within the four weeks prior to course commencement or are unable to attend on the day, for any reason, there will be no refunds or transfers issued.



October 9, 2017 - October 23, 2017
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Building Blocks Skirt (exc GST) $177.27
November 6, 2017 - November 20, 2017
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Building Blocks Pant (exc GST) $177.27
November 27, 2017 - December 18, 2017
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Building Blocks Bodice (exc GST) $236.37

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