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Mama Shirl

Beginners sewing course

20-28 Maddox St
Alexandria NSW 2015
Mister Milford event offices

Sunday 23 June from 11am to 2pm Sunday 30 June from 11am to 2pm Sunday 7 July from 11am to 2pm Sunday 14 July from 11am to 2pm

Very excited to announce our 2nd beginners’ course for the 2024.

Its Winter, its cold, why not learn how to sew on Sundays?

The course will run over these weekends;

  • Sunday 23 June 11am – 2pm. (3 hours)

  • Sunday 30 June 11am – 2pm. (3 hours)

  • Sunday 7 July 11am – 2pm. (3 hours)

  • Sunday 14 July 11am – 2pm. (3 hours)

The 4-week beginners’ sewing course is aimed at the novice budding seamstress, teaching you the ins and outs of sewing with a view to move on to the intermediate course later in the year.

The course will cover everything from setting up a sewing machine, taking accurate measurements, fabric choices, stitch choices, hand sewing, mending, hemming and all that’s in between.

With a variety of topics to cover, the best way to learn is to do! Throughout the 4 weeks of the course, you will fashion a garment tailored to your specific measurements, learning practical skills and building confidence behind a sewing machine.

In addition to your very own garment to take home, you will also receive the pattern for the garment you have produced. Plus, you will learn every tip and sewing trick Mama Shirl has learned during her illustrious career as the go to seamstress for the Sydney drag scene and outfit couturier.

To ensure you get the most out of the course with the opportunity to receive personal, 1 on 1 assistance and any questions you have can be covered, Spaces are strictly limited.

Beginners course content

Week 1

The focus of week one is on the basics of hand sewing & mending, including how to sew a variety of buttons and hemming correctly. If you have an item with a button missing and pants/skirt/jeans that you want hemmed bring them along otherwise an alternative will be provided.

Week 2 – Week 4

The subsequent weeks focus on machine work and building confidence behind the sewing machine and making your garment.

You can choose from one of the following items for your creation:

  • Speedos

  • Shorts

  • Pyjama Shorts

  • Tights

  • Leotard

  • Skirt

Once you’ve selected which garment you would like to make, Mamma Shirl will ensure she has the materials ready to go for you!

Fees and inclusions

The 4 Week Beginners Course fees are $360 all inclusive.

The course fees include all materials and equipment that will be supplied including a sewing machine for you to work on – If you have your own and want to work on that please do bring it along! At the end of the course, you’ll take home the pattern Shirl creates bespoke to your measurements as well as the garment you choose to make. Tea and Coffee will be provided.

If you would like to reserve your spot or have any others questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email

Happy sewing.

Contact event organiser

Mama Shirl


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