Interested in starting a career in fashion design? Or maybe you would like to learn the skills of dressmaking so you can create clothes for your friends, family or partner? Whatever your goal, our Fashion Design & Dressmaking course is the perfect way to get started.

Fashion can provide many career options, whether you are looking to start your own business, work for a fashion designer or concentrate on creating patterns to sell; starting in a course to learn the skills is something that will help you achieve your goal. 

Our Fashion Design & Dressmaking course will teach you about colours and fabrics, and how to produce professional-looking sketches and patterns. We also cover all aspects of making a garment from start to finish, show you how to communicate your ideas, and provide tips for working in the industry.

So, why not take the first step to entering this exciting, rewarding and personally gratifying industry? Start living your dream today - enquire now!


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Online & Correspondence
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Fashion Awareness I (The Big Picture)
  2.  Patterns
  3. Fibres and tools
  4. Layouts and seams
  5. Linings, facings, collars, cuff and pockets
  6. Zippers, buttonholes, sleeves and hems
  7. Toiles, machine stitches, yokes, vents and stretch sewing
  8. Fashion Awareness II (Your Personal Style)
  9. Fashion drawings and designing
  10. How to run your own fashion design or dressmaking business
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Fashion awareness; skill requirements; the big picture; the individual; clothing ranges - budget, middle-of-the-road and expensive; seasonal and personal colours; colour groups; patterns; textures; style and seam lines; figure analysis; measuring the body; glossary; templates for clothing design; body measurement sheets.
  • Original pattern blocks; trace patterns; commercial patterns; misses/women's measurement sheet; pattern envelope; inside the envelope; numbered pattern pieces; cutting layouts; sewing instructions; selecting fabric; layout instructions; reading the pattern; cutting and stitching lines; notches and darts; pleats; gathering lines and buttonholes; choosing your pattern size; basic alterations; fabric preparation; grain line gauge; commercial patterns.
  • Natural and man-made fibres; fashion fabrics; woven constructions - plain weave, weft and warp threads and bias; knit fabrics; modern developments in fabrics; special fabrics; essential tools; tools for marking; essential equipment; selecting a sewing machine; types of sewing machines; 4 main stitch formations; sewing machine features and parts; maintenance; overlocker; additional tools and equipment; storage.
  • Tips for cutting fabrics; marking-up; tools; stitched markings; hand basting; shaping and controlling fullness, darts; gathers and ruffles; tiers; seams - open, French, layered, welt and princess-style; seam finishing techniques - zigzag and serpentine stitch, clean finish and bound.
  • Lining; underlining; interfacing; fusible interfacing; options; facings; under stitching; extended and bias facings; necklines; collars - flat, one-piece, mandarin and Peter Pan; cuffs and openings; continuous band and straight cuffs; sleeve openings for cuffs; pockets - unlined patch, lined and pocket bag in a seam.
  • Hand-sewing stitches - basting, running, backstitch, overcast and slipstitch; closures and fastenings; zippers; buttonholes and buttons; sleeves; sleeve styles; waistbands; pull-on and fitted; hems - lean-finished, double-stitched, zigzag and tailor's; constructing a shirt.
  • Fitting a toile; fabric layout; cutting guidelines; fusible interfacings; basic machine stitches - straight, backstitch, basting, blind hemming, ease stitching, topstitch, edge stitch, elastic stitching, gathering, satin, stay, under-stitch, zigzag and triple-straight stitch; speciality overlock stitches; selecting a stitch type, length and width; yokes; vents; stretch sewing; overlocking; attaching ribbing and lace.
  • Pleats; wardrobe and lifestyle; flatter your figure; basic body shapes and what to wear; hairstyles; make-up; planning a wardrobe; foundation and basic wardrobe; timeless classics; fashion updates; adapting old clothes; accessories.
  • Introduction to fashion drawing; working from a template; presentation; drawing mediums - ink, graphite, coloured pencils, marker pens, watercolour and crayons; how designers work; different areas of design - haute couture, designer label, ready-to-wear and mass market; history of design; designing a collection; themes; Australian and New Zealand designers; producing a collection; my designs in the marketplace.
  • Work experience; sample letters for work experience and designs; working with customers; the workroom; quotations; style details; stationery; measuring the client; fittings and alterations; deposit; making payments; packaging; garment storage; filing systems; advertising; the Internet; operating capital; record keeping; paying bills; petty cash; taxes; insurance; terms and conditions; financial records; types of business operations.