courses and seminars.



Make your own simple to sew cushion covers

Give your cushions and pillows a refresh with these easy to follow tips and instructions

Tips and Instructions

Where to buy fabric in Melbourne Online

August 2020

We’re all confined to our homes, with no shops open, so how do we get fabric to sooth our creative urges – or to make masks? Let our fingers do the walking and head online of course.

Click the link to see our recomendations and tips on where to buy.

Now you’ve got no excuse not to be making in lockdown.

Top 10 sites to buy fabric online

Sewing courses & seminars

3 Wednesday Mornings or Nights starting from December 2

Absolute Beginners Sewing

Sewing 101 photo

3 X 2hrs


Learn to use a sewing machine

This short course is for anyone who has wanted to learn to sew, but doesn’t know where to start. This course is designed to ease you into sewing and not overwhelm you.

Each week, as you complete a usable project, you will also gain new skills. We start by getting to know the machine and how to thread it, followed by sewing fundamentals including seams, and hemming while making a draw string bag. In the following two weeks you’ll learn how to use a pattern to make a tote bag and in the last session, to insert a zip to make either a cushion cover or a zip pouch. This course will show you that you don’t need to fear sewing, instead you will relish in all of the new creations you can make with this practical and valuable skill.

Wednesday Mornings 10:00 — 12:00
or Wednesday Nights 7:00 — 9:00


Returning early 2021

Sew Bathers and Swimwear

Bathers on a towell

Learn how to alter commercial patterns to fit your body and style

5 X 2hrs


Bathers you like…that actually fit!

If you have always wanted to have a go at making bathers, but have been a bit scared to work with stretch fabrics like Lycra. Then this is the course for you. Over 5 weeks we will first sew black bikini bottoms before completing a pair of bathers, of your choice, customised to fit your body.

A choice from a range of swimwear patterns allows you to make bathers to suit your preference and needs, whether skimpy or for sun protection, one or two piece. There are almost limitless possibilities. There will be a focus on adjusting commercial patterns to fit your body type and you will be guided throughout the process to build the necessary skills to make your totally unique swimwear that you won’t see anywhere else.

Some general sewing ability is required, but you don’t need to have experience sewing stretch fabrics.


Returning Soon

Sew your own winter coat

examples of winter coats created in the course

3 X 2.5hrs


Wardrobe sewing made easy

Here is your opportunity to create your own unique winter coat to suit your style. Suitable for all skill levels, we will work together, step by step. The Burda pattern 6736 is designed to be warm, flattering but most of all, suitable for beginners. Your coat will be individualized by your fabric choice with options to make either the long length or shorter style. Its looser fit makes it a great layering piece. The 3 easy to follow sessions will start on your creation from the get go by cutting out the pattern with your fabric. Detailed recommendations of fabric choices, amount required and possible retail outlets will be emailed after booking.


Returning Soon

Sewing 101

Sewing 101 photo

7 X 2.5hrs


Learn foundation sewing skills

Sewing 101 is designed for anyone who has wanted to learn to sew, but doesn’t know where to start. Throughout the engaging classes you will learn a variety of beginner and foundation techniques while you make cushion covers, bags, aprons, and learn how to alter hems. There will be a focus on how to cut out fabric from a pattern, techniques for pinning fabric together for sewing, sewing in a zip, and threading and using sewing machines with confidence. This course will show you that you don’t need to fear sewing, instead you will relish in all of the new creations you can make with this practical and valuable skill.


Many more sewing classes to expand and develop your sewing skills are coming soon. Be sure to check back here for more details.

Sewing at Metro Art Dept

The ability to sew has gone from a commonplace capability to a rare skill set. At Metro Art Dept we think it time that should change. Our aim is to teach you the skills and techniques that allow you to create your own clothes and much more.

Our engaging courses are structured for you to learn and develop new sewing skills while making useful and practical creations. Here you can learn how to sew a range of clothing, accessories and homewares.

At Metro Art Dept we have a focus on teaching you how to make functional and fashionable clothes that fit as you learn how to adjust patterns to suit your body.

Our sewing classes provide an enjoyable and collaborative environment that allow you to make custom creations that you can’t find anywhere else.

So come along and learn something new or hone your skills.

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