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Basic Sewing Course

Small Group Classes (3 people)

4 Classes Ticket ¥22,000 

Each Class is 2 Hours (1 hour 50 minutes for instruction, final 10 minutes for wrap up)

During the first session of the Basic Sewing Course you will completely befriend the sewing machine. You will learn to thread the machine, understand the various functions of the machine and sew simple seams, both straight and curved. If you have sewn before but not for a long time or things did not go so smoothly, it is a refresher and clarifying session so that you can move ahead confidently on your projects.

In the following 3 sessions you will be given the choice of constructing a simple project. You will learn to lay out and cut fabrics correctly, follow a paper sewing pattern, sew the pieces in the correct order and insert a zipper.

Project choices are:

  • Bag of your choice with zipper
  • Cushion cover with zipper or button
  • Simple trouser or skirt with elastic waistband or zipper*

*We recommend you choose a sewing pattern from the Melanie Uematsu Pattern Library. We have patterns designed for our Basic Course learners that are made to measure your individual size. Details will be explained to you during the first session.

Tools & Materials (applicable for all lessons)

We provide all kinds of sewing tools for your project, such as sewing machine, scissors, bobbins, pins, pin cushion, measuring tape, pattern rulers etc. If you prefer to bring any of your own tools, please feel free to do so.

After you choose your basic project, you are responsible for bringing your choice of fabric, matching thread, buttons, zippers (as necessary) and the print out of your paper sewing pattern.  I will provide you with a list of material necessary at the first session of the Basic Course.


On-Going Lessons

Small Group Classes (3 people)

5-Classes Ticket ¥22,500 

Each Class is 2 Hours (1 hour 50 minutes for instruction, final 10 minutes for wrap up)

Once you have managed the Basics and have fallen in love with sewing, you can focus on more complex paper patterns and projects. In my On-Going Lessons I support each student step-by-step with worthwhile and valuable tips, as well as professional fittings throughout the tailoring process. For the On-Going Lessons I also recommend you choose a paper sewing pattern from my Pattern Library. All patterns will be made to measure to your individual size.

Together we will make your project ideas come to life and improve the perfect fit!


Private Lessons

Intensive One-To-One Classes

¥7000 per hour (special prices for On-Going-Lesson Students)  

Private Lessons are  designed for: 

  • People who are already highly advanced in tailoring and have very specific questions about details, techniques, fittings and pattern improvement.
  • People who want to work on an advanced project such as an evening gown or suit and need my hands on sewing help.
  • Design students or design academy applicants who are working on their portfolios or semester projects.
  • Designers and Fashion Brand starters, who want to learn about Collection Development, Sample Making and Co.

Private Lessons are taught on a high level. We reserve the right to reject you from private classes in case your level fits the Small Group Classes better.


Pattern Making Lessons

Intensive One-To-One Classes

¥7000 per hour (special prices for On-Going-Lesson Students)  

Once you have mastered various sewing techniques and you tried several patterns from my Pattern Library, you might want to start designing your own garments and patterns. I have developed a special step-by-step guide that helps you learn the systematic of pattern making.

Special Equipment:

  • The Basic Sloper Dress and its paper pattern (1 time additional ¥6000) and/or the Basic Trouser Sloper and its paper pattern (1 time additional ¥4000). 
  • Drafting paper.

The measurements for your Basic Slopers Dress and/or Trouser Sloper will be taken in advance to the start of your classes.


This makes the Sewing Classes outstanding and special:

I am using the CAD Software Grafis Version 12 for constructing tailoring patterns. I measure about 45-50 measurements of the student and the software will calculate an exact grid around the body. Then I transform this grid into a tailoring pattern. The pattern shows “your body on paper” like a “second skin”. With this very exact pattern you have the possibility to tailor garments with a perfect fit and will be completely independent to any ready-to-wear patterns on the market! You don’t waist time to adjust and re-model mass production patterns any longer, and you can fully concentrate on the tailoring process.

Class Policies and FAQ’s are in the 

Class Guidelines 2020


And Here are some Examples from Student Projects

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