Foundation Sewing Workshops

Foundation Sewing Workshop

The Foundation Sewing Workshop provides the student with an introduction to the application and modification of commercial patterns together with techniques to embellish and construct a complete garment. During this workshop students will learn:

  • Commerical pattern interpretation and modification
  • Basic pattern making
  • Embellishment techniques
  • Fabric composition and textile techniques
  • Trend Forecasting

At the conclusion of this program, participants will have constructed a simple garment. The Foundation Sewing Workshop is aimed at those wishing to improve their sewing skills or those with an interest in fashion. The minimum requirement for this workshop is the ability thread and use a sewing machine.

Sewing kit inclusions:

- Whitehouse Sewing box

- Drill/cotton fabric

- Calico

- Thread

- Skirt zipper & Invisible zip

- Dressmaker pins

- Dressmaker scissors

- Dressmaker clippers

- Dressmaker un-picker

- Dressmaker tape measure

- Display folder

Type Studios / Short course
Availability Domestic and international
Fee help N/A
Study mode Block/Intensive
Duration 1 week
Course code Studio 5_Sewing Foundation
Form name insert
Cricos N/A
Next intake Currently accepeting applications
  • Fashion design
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney
  • Fees & Dates 2017


    Monday 11th - Friday 15th July 2016

    Foundation Sewing - $680


    Monday 4th July - Friday 8th July 2016

    Foundation Sewing - $680


  • How To Apply

    1. Download and complete Application Form
    2. Scan and send the completed form to
    3. Confirmation of placement and payment will be issued by email. 
  • Important Information

    Important Information

    Please read all important Information before registering for a workshop:

    Art Kits

    • Art Kits are not included in the price of the workshop
    • Please note that the Advanced Fashion Art Kit has additional items to the Basic Art Kit
    • In addition to the Art Kit inclusions, students must bring all of the Additional Materials with them
    • If you are attending both a Foundation and Advanced Workshop you will receive one complete Art Kit


    $76 Art Kit

    • 2B pencil
    • A3 cartridge paper sketch book
    • A3 display folder
    • Set of 12 water soluble coloured pencils (including white artist pencil)
    • No.6 round brush
    • Two professional markers (Cool Grey & Cyan)
    • Two black Artline pens (0.2 & 0.6mm)
    • Paper pack: four A2 sheets of Canson paper in black, light brown, soft grey and dull red


    $110 Art Kit

    • Basic Art Kit inclusions
    • Paper pack: four A2 sheets of Canson paper in black, light brown, soft grey and dull red
    • Set of 24 chalk pastels


    Sewing Kit*

    • Whitehouse Sewing box
    • Commercial patter
    • Drill/cotton
    • Calico
    • Thread
    • Skirt zipper & invisible zip
    • Dressmaker pins
    • Dressmaker scissors
    • Dressmaker clippers
    • Dressmaker up-picker
    • Dressmaker tape measure
    • Display folder


    Additional Materials*

    In addition to the Art Kit all students must bring (*not required for Sewing with Style students):

    • 2 x lead pencils (2B and/or 3B)
    • Eraser
    • Scissors
    • Sharpener
    • Glue Stick
    • Ruler (at least 30cm)
    • Water container/cup*
    • Soft Nylon paint brush (small-med size)*



    • Fees are transferable but not refundable. Minimum numbers apply per class and classes are subject to cancellation if minimum numbers are not met. In this case, a full refund will apply
    • Fees cover tuition and administration costs but exclude art materials
    • After commencement of the workshop, days are non transferable. Absence of 3 days or more will be assessed on an individual basis if supporting documentation is supplied
    • You will receive confirmation of your enrolment and any changes (if applicable) via email after payment has been processed
    • Payments for the nominated Workshop(s) must reach Whitehouse at least 15 days prior to commencement of the Workshop
    • A 2% surcharge applies to all credit card payments.
    • Refer to the brochure or website for further course information
    • All prices include GST and are effective as of 13 July, 2012


    Photographic Release

    By submitting the Design Beginnings application form I hereby grant permission to the rights of my image, likeness, sound of my voice and work completed as part of a Whitehouse course, to be recorded on audio or video tape and in photographs without payment or any other consideration. I understand that my image may be edited, copied, exhibited, published or distributed and waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product wherein my likeness or work appears. Additionally, I waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of these images or recordings. I also understand that this material may be used in diverse educational setting within an unrestricted geographic area. Photographic, audio or video recordings of me and my work may be used for all forms of educational marketing.

    I understand this permission signifies that photographic or video recordings of me and my work may be electronically displayed via the Internet. I will be consulted about the use of the photographs or video recordings for any other purpose other than those listed above.

    There is no time limit on the validity of this release nor is there any geographic limitation on where these materials may be distributed. This release applies to photographic, audio or video recordings collected as part of the sessions listed on this document only. I acknowledge that I have completely read and fully understand the above release and agree to be bound thereby. I hereby release any and all claims against any person or organisation utilizing this material for educational and educational marketing purposes.

  • FAQs

    How do I apply?

    All booking for Whitehouse Workshops can be completed online . 

    View Workshops | Book Online


    Who can apply for a Whitehouse Workshop?

    Whitehouse Workshops are suitable for all ages from secondary school onward. These workshops are intended for those with little or no drawing/image styling skills but have a keen desire to develop them.

    How much is a Whitehouse Workshop?

    Whitehouse workshops are AUD$629 including a basic art kit. 

    What about Art Kits / Additional Materials?

    The cost of the Art Kits are included in the Workshop price. 

    Additional Materials are listed below. 

    • 2 x lead pencils (2B and/or 3B)
    • Eraser
    • Scissors
    • Sharpener
    • Glue stick
    • Ruler (at least 30cm)
    • Small water container*
    • Soft Nylon paint brush (sml-med size)*

    * Not required for Sewing with Style

    Basic Art Kit includes:

    • 2B pencil
    • A3 cartridge paper sketch block
    • A3 display folder (10 leaf)
    • Set of 12 water soluble coloured pencils / or water colour stack
    • White artist pencil
    • No. 6 round brush
    • Two professional markers (Cool Grey & skin tone)
    • Two black pigment liners (0.2 mm & 0.6 mm)
    • Paper pack: four A2 sheets of Canson paper in black, light brown, soft grey and dull red
    • Sharpener
    • Eraser 


    What do I get out of the workshop?

    Students receive instruction from design specialists from the creative industries who oversee the educational quality of the delivery of each course. Each participant will receive a Whitehouse Certificate of Participation as recognition of course completion. Students will receive guidance and information on the application process for full-time courses at Whitehouse.

    Who can apply for School Workshops?

    Only School students can attend School Workshops, the delivery for these workshops are either incursions or at the Whitehouse campuses. All bookings must be made through your school.

    What are Brisbane and Perth Workshops?

    These two-day workshops are offered during the spring school holiday periods in Brisbane and Perth. Detailed dates, times, costs and locations can be found via the Brisbane and Perth Workshops tab. 

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