School of Sewing & Upcycling

The School of Sewing & Upcycling began in 2015. We set up in a small shop in Buckley Street, Footscray and began to share our love of sewing with you. In 2019, we shifted to our current home right on the border of Footscray and Yarraville – a big, bright and welcoming space where many people come to hone their sewing skills.

At SOSU, we believe that sewing is a wonderful life skill and we want to share it with you. Learning how to alter and mend the things that you have as well as learning the skills to create your own gorgeous garments will help you to be more creative and sustainable. We offer a wide range of full and half-day workshops or ongoing courses that will build, refresh or consolidate your sewing skills. We have a great mix of beginner and skilled sewers of all ages learning at our school. We can also arrange private lessons for those that learn better one-on-one. It’s just you and your teacher so that you can really get into that special project.

We’ll teach you the language of patterns and the essential sewing techniques you need to create piece after piece that fits you! No longer do you need to settle for off-the-rack clothes. Make and adjust clothes to fit your body type and personal style, so that you can feel comfortable and amazing every day.

We believe that anyone can sew! You just need to give yourself the space and time to learn. Our teaching crew will be there to support you along the way. We can’t wait to see what you create.

Everyone is welcome

We are for all genders, all body types, all ages and all abilities. Our space is welcoming and comfortable to learn in - it’s something that we work very hard at. Develop the skills to create your own garments and hack that pattern to suit your body. You will be rocking your very own personal style before you know it – without having to find something off-the-rack or something that conforms to gender norms.

Sustainability & Upcycling

At the SOSU, we are big believers in using what you have before buying something new. There are materials all around us just waiting to be upcycled and transformed into your next favourite project. Learn how to upcycle your old doona cover, an unworn garment or repurpose a fabric remnant into an amazing new piece for your wardrobe. We will teach you how to adjust those amazing op shop finds into something that fits you perfectly. We love to see your sustainable style flourish and grow so that together we can reduce fabric waste.

We collect all kinds of scraps and bits of fabric in the studio and put them to good use along with donated and pre-loved thrifted fabric, buttons, bindings, elastics and other haberdashery gems. You never know - they could be part of your next project!

Connecting Community

There’s something special about the art of sewing that brings people together to champion a good cause. Whether it's making pouches for injured wildlife, raising funds for war-affected communities or swapping fabrics and patterns sustainably, you’ll experience the power of our community of like-minded folk, who are at the heart of everything we do.

The School of Sewing & Upcycling began in 2015. We set up in a small shop in Buckley Street, Footscray and began to share our love of sewing with you. In 2019, we shifted to our current home right on the border of Footscray and Yarraville – a big, bright and welcoming space where many people come to hone their sewing skills.

At SOSU, we believe that sewing is a wonderful life skill and we want to share it with you. Learning how to alter and mend the things that you have as well as learning the skills to create your own gorgeous garments will help you to be more creative and sustainable. We offer a wide range of full and half-day workshops or ongoing courses that will build, refresh or consolidate your sewing skills. We have a great mix of beginner and skilled sewers of all ages learning at our school. We can also arrange private lessons for those that learn better one-on-one. It’s just you and your teacher so that you can really get into that special project.

We’ll teach you the language of patterns and the essential sewing techniques you need to create piece after piece that fits you! No longer do you need to settle for off-the-rack clothes. Make and adjust clothes to fit your body type and personal style, so that you can feel comfortable and amazing every day.

We believe that anyone can sew! You just need to give yourself the space and time to learn. Our teaching crew will be there to support you along the way. We can’t wait to see what you create.

Everyone is welcome

We are for all genders, all body types, all ages and all abilities. Our space is welcoming and comfortable to learn in - it’s something that we work very hard at. Develop the skills to create your own garments and hack that pattern to suit your body. You will be rocking your very own personal style before you know it – without having to find something off-the-rack or something that conforms to gender norms.

Sustainability & Upcycling

At the SOSU, we are big believers in using what you have before buying something new. There are materials all around us just waiting to be upcycled and transformed into your next favourite project. Learn how to upcycle your old doona cover, an unworn garment or repurpose a fabric remnant into an amazing new piece for your wardrobe. We will teach you how to adjust those amazing op shop finds into something that fits you perfectly. We love to see your sustainable style flourish and grow so that together we can reduce fabric waste.

We collect all kinds of scraps and bits of fabric in the studio and put them to good use along with donated and pre-loved thrifted fabric, buttons, bindings, elastics and other haberdashery gems. You never know - they could be part of your next project!

Connecting Community

There’s something special about the art of sewing that brings people together to champion a good cause. Whether it's making pouches for injured wildlife, raising funds for war-affected communities or swapping fabrics and patterns sustainably, you’ll experience the power of our community of like-minded folk, who are at the heart of everything we do.

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