CAFA sewing classes

Our sewing classes are open to everyone. From absolute beginners to experienced home sewers looking to polish their skills, tackle more complex projects or create something truly special using couture sewing techniques. Or for those wanting to start their own label or establish a career in fashion. Classes are self-paced and run in blocks of 5, 8 or 11 weeks, so that you can learn at your own speed. 

Term 2: from 16 April 2019

Mid-term-enrolments are often possible



Learn how to make garments that fit and flatter your body shape. We offer beginners classes through to advanced dressmaking techniques.

personal dress form

Create a custom dress form that mirrors your body shape. It’s one of the most useful projects to elevate your sewing to the next level.


Take charge of own overlocker. Most sewers start out with good intentions, but end up using just a fraction of their overlocker’s potential.

dance costumes

Learn to sew and embellish a dance costume or learn techniques to adjust the style of a commercial pattern.

French jacket

The classic French jacket is a wardrobe must-have, often made from a soft wool bouclé fabric and lined with luxurious silk charmeuse.

guipure lace skirt

Guipure lace is a gorgeous fabric that’s perfect for a fitted skirt, pieced together so that it’s almost impossible to see the seams.


Leather skirt

Sew a  stunning  leather skirt that fits and flatters using specialised techniques adapted for your own home sewing machine.

couture sewing

Finesse the art of the perfect fit, master the sewing techniques used by the world's finest fashion houses and do justice to your best fabrics.

couture embroidery

Award-winning textile artist, Eranga Bandaranayake, teaches exquisite hand-sewing techniques to embellish couture, millinery or bridal projects.


Master the exquisite workmanship and fine sewing skills that were once passed down through generations of European bespoke tailors.



more sewing classes

Sew a Leather Skirt

Skill Levels

All skill levels are welcome at CAFA, with sewing classes aimed at beginners, intermediate and advanced sewers. Beginners will receive one-on-one instruction on the foundations of garment creation with our Dressmaking for Beginners course, or learn Pattern Making and Garment Construction to bring their very own design ideas to life.

Advanced sewers will learn custom, machine and fused methods to achieve a Perfectly Tailored Jacket or master advanced Evening Wear Construction Techniques, whilst students of all skill levels can be introduced to Fashion Embroidery and Embellishment by award-winning industry expert Eranga Bandaranayake.

HSC students considering a career in fashion design may also undertake a short course to gain basic sewing skills and experience to assist them to produce their major work.

Want information about our Professional Fashion Design program? 

couture arts fashion college

At CAFA, our philosophy starts with the classical techniques used in French couture houses, combined with cutting-edge, luxury ready-to-wear design and construction methodsThis blend of the old and the new equips our students with excellent design skills and specialist sewing techniques.