Suitable for both beginners and more experienced dressmakers, this course initially guides you through a range of practical skills, including measurement taking, pattern selection and fabric choice. You will then learn to apply decorative features, fasteners and embroidery, and progress to using other more advanced skills.
After designing and creating specific items of clothing as part of the course, you will begin to construct your own custom-made garments under the guidance of a highly experienced tutor. Successful completion of the course will equip you to tailor-make clothes for adults and children with confidence.
- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 18 months
- Course fees from
- $48.21 per week
- Open Colleges Certificate
- Delivery mode
- Nationally recognised
10 written assessments, 12 multiple choice exams, 3 practical assessments
- Awarded By
- Open Colleges
Introduction to sewing
- Various types of stiches and seams
- Measurement-taking for fitting garments
- Choosing and preparing patterns
Basic dressmaking processes
- Selecting fabrics, interfacing and lining
- Following pattern steps
- Applying finishing touches
- Zips and fasteners, collars and cuffs
Fibres and fabrics
- Qualities of different fibres
- Choosing the right fabric
- Handling and cleaning fabrics
Advanced dressmaking techniques
- Corners, points and curved edges
- Overlaid seams, pockets and sleeves
- Padding and techniques for coats and jackets
- Fabric weighting, shoulder pads and boning
- Choosing flattering styles and fabrics
- Maternity wear, baby and children's clothes
- Nightwear and underwear
- Suitable embroidery tools
- Variety of hand embroidery stitches
- Smocking and quilting
- Sewing machine embroidery
- Shirring, tucks, pleats, top-stitching
- Sequins, special stitching, quilting and appliqué
- Rouleau, piping, bows and ribbons
- Custom-design fasteners and buttons
Alterations and fittings
- Shoulder seams, sleeves and waistlines
Introduction to pattern cutting
- Drafting from basic patterns
- Designing bodices, waistcoats, collars, sleeves and dresses from basic patterns
- Creating original clothing designs without paper patterns
- Using traditional dressmakers' tools
- Adjusting patterns to make flared, circular, gored or pleated skirts
- Darts, pockets and button holes
Bodices, necklines and yokes
- Manipulating bodice darts to create new designs
- Various styles of necklines
- Buttonholes, facings and yokes
- Taking arm measurements
- Developing sleeve patterns
Collars, draping and trimmings
- Altering collars to suit face and neck
- Various styles of collars
- Appropriate fabrics and trimmings
Coats, jackets and trousers
- Drafting patterns with intricate cuts
- Adapting patterns to suit the latest cuts
- Various styles of jackets
- Cut, make and line a 2-piece outfit
- Well-fitted trousers and possible faults
- Introduction to sewing
Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.
Minimum age of 16 years. If you are under 18 your application must be signed by a parent or guardian.
Students will need access to a computer and the internet. For students who do not have access to either a computer or the internet please contact a student support officer to discuss alternative methods of communication.
Minimum specifications for the computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2003 or equivalent, and
- Microsoft Windows 98, or
- Mac OS X, and
- CD-ROM drive.
Students will also need access to a printer and the following applications:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader and
- Macromedia Flash player.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language and you did not complete the last two years of secondary education in English, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrolling into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:
IELTS Overall score of 5.5 TOEFL 530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet) 12 months in English-speaking employment Testimonial, statutory declaration
Students need to have access to a sewing machine and provide their own sewing materials for this course.
Upon completion of this course, you will have developed a better understanding of the subject area and be able to put your new skills into practice.
Upon leaving school, Ignatia Efstathiadis immediately signed up to study for her Diploma of Fashion Design and she hasn't looked back since.
Graduating in 1994, she soon put her new skills to work, finding employment at a fabric store. There, she honed her skills in laying out patterns, fabric cutting and sewing, before moving into a role as seamstress with a sportswear manufacturer. Ignatia continued to build her skills in fusing, studding and machine embroidery, while acquiring an additional qualification in dressmaking and dress-cutting.
During her career, Ignatia has also gained extensive experience in clothing retail, both storefront and online. She continues to manage a wholesale website while sharing her passion for dressmaking and pattern-cutting with her students at Open Colleges.
- McCall's dress pattern
- Pencil -H and -B
- Metric ruler 40cm
- Set square 45 and 60 degree
- Compass 559/54B
- Eraser ink/pencil
- A4 5mm graph paper pad
- Tape measure
- A3 drawing pad
- A1 pattern-cutting paper
- Lantor fabric (3 m)
- Tailor's chalk
- Carbon tracing paper
- Seam ripper
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Your materials will be dispatched to you as they are required throughout the course.
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