learn to sew dance costumes

You'll learn how to sew and embellish a dance costume or learn techniques to adjust the style of  a commercial patterns and customise this to your own design project.


Skill Level: All

Suitable for all skill levels. Students are assisted to choose a project and may use a commercial pattern or draft a pattern from a favourite garment to complete their project.


Classes & Cost

11 weeks / 38.5 hours tuition / $825

Class times are flexible: you can choose from weekday mornings, afternoons or evenings.  Some Saturday classes are also available.

Mid-term enrolments are often possible. Please contact us and we'll do our best to fit you in.

For students enrolled in the professional program, longer classes or multiple courses, discounts may apply.



This class is open to everyone: home sewers, hobbyists and professionals.   It's also available as part of the Professional Program or HSC Textiles Program.

learn to sew dance costumes Course Details

Join Kazue Kawauchi to learn dressmaking for stretch fabric. Kazue is a designer and dressmaker who has extensive experience in high-end, ready-to-wear manufacture for leading Australian brands, couture gowns, and costume work for theatre, advertising and film. Her expertise includes extensive experience with stretch fabrics for dance, exercise and street wear.

This course is designed for all skill levels and you will be guided to choose a project suited to your experience. Students can complete dance costumes, exercise wear or street clothes. Students may start with a commercial pattern and create jeggings, sew and embellish a dance costume or learn techniques to adjust the style of commercial patterns and customise their own design project.

Embellishment techniques suitable for dance and street wear are taught and these include the application of crystals, beads and sequins to garments using glue and hand applications.

What You'll Learn

Suitable projects include:

  • Jeggings and leggings

  • Stretch pants, skirts, shirts and dresses

  • Pyjamas

  • T-shirts and casual tops

  • Dance costumes for ballroom dancing

  • Dance costumes for children

  • Exercise and dance wear for fitness classes.

This course will cover:

  • Pattern selection

  • Properties of stretch fabric

  • Fabric selection

  • Adjusting and fitting a pattern

  • Sewing equipment for stretch fabric using a sewing machine and overlocker

  • Sewing techniques for stretch fabric

  • Embellishing stretch fabric.

More Information

Please feel free to email or call us on 02 9449 1450 and we'd be happy to provide more information or tailor a program for you.

Feeling Social?

There's nothing we love more than to see our students work in progress or finished creations!