Dressmaking 1 | Beginners


Dressmaking 1 | Beginners


At in2Mode Fashion College in Sydney we offer beginner and intermediate dressmaking courses in conjunction with Macquarie Community College. These sewing classes are aimed at students wanting to learn techniques to complete quality, professional-looking garments using commercial patterns.

We have introductory courses designed for beginner sewers, intermediate courses aimed at experienced sewers and advanced courses for those wanting to learn couture techniques.

At our sewing classes in Sydney, you will fine-tune the art of constructing garments using couture techniques, learn to sew under the supervision of our experienced instructors and harness your passion for dressmaking.

Monday Evening Session

Sessions are run on Mondays – 6.30pm to 9pm

20 hours over 8 classes of 2.5 hours/week

5 February – 26 March 2018
7 May – 2 July 2018
23 July – 10 September 2018
15 October – 3 December 2018

Monday Daytime Sessions: 9.30 am to 2pm

20 hours over 5 classes of 4 hours/week:

23 April – 21 May 2018
28 May – 2 July 2018
16 July – 13 August 2018
20 August – 17 September 2018
15 October – 12 November 2018
19 November – 17 December 2018

Thursday Daytime Sessions: 10 am to 2.30 pmS

20 hours over 5 classes of 4 hours/week

26 April – 24 May 2018
31 May – 28 June 2018
20 July – 16 August 2018
23 August – 20 September 2018
18 October – 15 November 2018
22 November – 20 December 2018

Course Summary

This dressmaking course is designed for beginner and intermediate sewers who want to learn how to fit and sew a commercial pattern. It is ideal for students undertaking the HSC who would like to learn sewing skills that can be applied to their major work.

The dressmaking classes are run in an informal format at our Sydney college, and students are invited to observe techniques that apply to each other’s garments. Students complete a basic garment during the course. Our students work at their own pace during the classes, so on average, students will complete one to two garments during the course. The types of garments recommended are skirts, simple pants patterns and sleeveless dresses made from woven fabrics.

Students will need to purchase a commercial pattern and fabric for these classes. Advice concerning the type of commercial pattern and information on fabric selection will be supplied upon enrolment in the course.

Students may bring their own sewing machines to classes but this is not mandatory. Sewing equipment required for this course may be ordered through our Sydney college.

Course Content (Basic Garments)

For information on the Dressmaking Course for garments of intermediate difficulty, please click here.

  • Quality equipment selection
  • Haberdashery requirements for sewing
  • Appropriate fabric selection
  • Pattern styles for figure types
  • What correct garment fit entails
  • Interpretation of pattern envelope information
  • Taking body measurements and determining basic pattern making alterations for personal fit
  • Understanding pattern instructions on the paper pattern and the instruction leaflet
  • Fabric pre-shrinking, layout and pattern making/cutting
  • Machine treading and bobbin winding
  •  Basic sewing techniques including:

* a straight seam
* a curved seam
* completing corners
* finish seam edges on a sewing machine or overlocker
* use of interfacing
* stay stitching
* basing
* darts
* pressing techniques
* machine hemming

Demonstration of sewing techniques applicable to individual dressmaking projects will also be undertaken and may include techniques required to complete:

* collars
* cuffs
* pockets
* waistbands
* zippers, including invisible zips
* ease stitching and gathering
* topstitching
* button holes
* facings
* hand finishing and hand hemming

Study Method

All sewing classes and fashion design short courses are designed in consultation with the student so that they are targeted to the skills the student requires. Our programs are designed to progress at the pace of the learner, so all skill levels are given the support to maximise their potential.

Skill Level

Suitable for beginner and intermediate sewers. 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. For information on the Dressmaking Course for garments of intermediate difficulty, please click here.

Course Fees

$360 (20 hours of tuition)