Sewing Basics for Dressmaking

Course Overview

Jump into the world of dressmaking with our Sewing Basics for Dressmaking course! Tailored for beginners and those looking to develop dressmaking skills, this course is a comprehensive exploration of the fundamentals.

Learn the intricacies of fabrics, their characteristics and applications. Master the art of taking accurate measurements, crucial for achieving the perfect fit. Navigate the process of selecting the right pattern size and explore the construction of garments from start to finish. This hands-on course will not only guide you through the essential techniques but also empower you to make garments uniquely yours by incorporating embellishments or tweaking patterns.

Whether you’re a novice eager to learn or a dressmaker seeking to refine your craft, this course will provide a practical and enriching experience.

Join us as we unravel the basics of dressmaking and set you on the path to creating beautiful, customized garments!

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond, and Ryde. Enrol now!

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What you will learn

Course outline

It is intended that the course will cover:

  • Sewing machine basics e.g. threading
  • Sewing techniques and finishes
  • Fabrics and their uses
  • Fabrics and interfacing
  • Commercial pattern selection
  • Accurate body measurements
  • Pattern adjustments
  • Laying out fabric and cutting correcting
  • How to make an adult or child garment

Course outcome

  • By the end of the course, students will know how to use a sewing machine and follow a commercial pattern to cut and construct a garment.

What you need to know

Entry requirements

This course caters for all students from beginner sewers to advanced dressmakers. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary.

What you need to provide

You will need to bring:

  • Notebook and pen
  • Tape Measure
  • Blue/Purple Waterless Pen
  • Berry Pins (total 50)
  • 30cm ruler
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Paper Scissors
  • A reel of thread
  • Large quick unpicker
  • A4 plastic sleeve folder for notes
  • 1 metric printed firm woven fabric for samples
  • Tracing paper, for alterations (6 sheets from spotlight in a packet.)
  • Polyester fill/ stuffing 500gm ( complete a pincushion).
  • Please bring your own sewing machine, however if you do not have a sewing machine please contact the college as we have Janome sewing machines available for you to use during the course.
  • Students will be required to buy a commercial pattern and a few metres of fabric of their choice at a later date after being given the recommendations

Other information

Materials Provided

  • Sample fabric will be provided at the first lesson
  • Course notes

Class details

Start Date07 May 2024
End Date25 June 2024
Time7:00pm - 9:00pm
TutorDiann Stoeckl


Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


How you got questions? Please see our comprehensive FAQ page for everything you need to know about Macquarie Community College, our policies, student support, application and enrolment procedures.

How to Enrol

Step 1 - Choose Your Course

  • Select the non-accredited short course you are interested in.
  • Find a day and time that suits your schedule.

Note: Enrolment is open to anyone 18 years or older.

Step 2 - Enrol and Verify

  • Click ‘Enrol Now’ after selecting your course and schedule.
  • Enter your details on the enrolment page.
  • Verify your email through a secure link sent to your email address.
  • Complete the secure checkout and payment process.

Ensure you read the Terms and Conditions available at: Macquarie Community College Terms and Conditions. For assistance, call customer service at 1300 845 888.

Step 3 - Receive Your Enrolment Details

  • You will receive an immediate enrolment confirmation email upon successful enrolment. Check and read the attached Terms and Conditions.
  • The payer of the enrolment will receive a tax invoice immediately after processing.
  • You will receive a course reminder email a day before your class begins.
  • For Online Zoom classes, a Zoom link and password will be emailed the day before class. Use the same link and password for subsequent sessions if applicable.