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Stacey Donn

Stacey started sewing when she was 11 years old but didn't discover her passion for patternmaking until she was 16. She had an amazing teacher who taught her the basic principles of patternmaking and from there she went on to complete a Bachelor of Design (Fashion) and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary).  She has previously taught Soft Materials at a Middle School, worked as a patternmaker, and been a patternmaking/CAD lecturer at AUT University.  For a number of years, she has been a stay-at-home mum, while raising her 3 children, and during that time has maintained her skills by working on patterns and sewing from her home studio.

LEARN TO SEW: (November)
1 Sunday - On 28 November from 9am-4pm

This course is a perfect opportunity to learn some basic sewing skills. You will learn how to read a pattern, how to cut out fabric, how to thread a sewing machine and change settings, basic sewing skills (straight and curved seams) and hand sewing as you work on constructing a bag. The pattern will be provided by the tutor; you will need to supply fabric, zip and thread (see enrolment page).

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PATTERNMAKING GRADING: Resizing
1 Sunday - On 7 November from 9am-4pm

Learn to grade a pattern up and down sizes. This course focuses on womenswear patterns but the same principle applies to childrenswear and menswear.

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PATTERNMAKING:
8 Wednesday nights - Starts on 20 October from 7-9pm

Learn basic patternmaking techniques to make pattern alterations to an existing pattern or block. There will be several blocks and patterns available for use in class, but students are also welcome to bring in their own. In this course you will be shown a range of pattern manipulations to help you turn an existing pattern in to a new design.

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PATTERNS FROM YOUR FAVOURITE GARMENT:
1 Sunday - On Sunday 14 November from 9am-4pm

Have you found a garment that fits you well and you wish you could clone it? By learning to create a pattern from an existing garment you will have the skills to do so. In this course you will be shown how to create a pattern from an existing garment. You will then have an opportunity to apply this knowledge as you work on your own pattern/s for your chosen garment/s. Sewing and/or basic pattern knowledge is recommended as you should be familiar with terms such as seam allowance, straight grain, bias, darts etc.

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Sewing for Beginners
8 Tuesday nights - Starts on 19 October from 7-9pm

This course is a perfect opportunity to learn some basic sewing skills or to extend your existing sewing skills. You will learn numerous skills as you work on constructing a bag. The pattern will be provided by the tutor; you will need to supply fabric, zip and thread (see on enrolment page). Once you have completed the bag, you have the option to work on your own project.

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