Course Details

The Dressmaking course can be started at any time

The Patternmaking course is in 5 Modules. Each module builds on the one before so they have to be completed in order starting with Module 1

Dressmaking Certificate -

The Duration of this course is up to you and depends on the amount of time you allocate to the course. Usually 6 - 12 Months

Start living your dream today!

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 yourself, friends or family? Whatever your goal, our Dressmaking/Garment Construction course is the perfect way to get started.

  • We cover all aspects of making a garment from start to finish
  • So, why not take the first step to this exciting, rewarding and personally gratifying skill?

Achieving a certificate in Dressmaking/Garment Construction has never been ease!!!

  • By following the visual lessons - on the 5 DVD Essential Sewing Skills set - you will gain Confidence to tackle all the assignments and projects; it is now possible to learn all the sewing skills you will need with our distance dressmaking course.
  • Step by step, beautifully demonstrated visual instructions, of each of the sewing techniques including collars, plackets, facings, sleeves, zips etc. and visual lessons on sewing requirements, pattern buying, layout, cutting, marking, interfacing and pressing.
  • This technical reference set - with a total of 67 videoed lessons - is an authoritative source of tried and tested sewing techniques that will help you achieve a professional and accurate result every time.
  • In the comfort of your own home, No previous experience is necessary, you can begin your journey into sewing your own garment.

    NEW ZEALAND Students: Course FEE: for the complete course is: $895.

    International Students please enquire directly for the fee - because of the postage each country's is different

    Paying per MODULE: All moneys owing for each MODULE needs to be paid in full before the course material will be sent to the student.

    MODULE 1 = $295 - This includes the Essential Sewing Skills DVD set of 67 lessons, and the printable notes and lesson plan required to complete this module

    MODULE 2 TO 4 = $200 each - Including the printable notes and lesson plan required to complete each module.

    The New Zealand School of Fashion uses the latest teaching technology created by the founder Marlene Kuba who developed this course.

      Please Download and print the form, fill it in and post or email it to -  m.kuba@xtra.co.nz

        Certificate Patternmaking Module (1)

    The Duration of this Module is up to you and depends on the amount of time you allocate to the course. Usually 3 - 6 Months

    INTRODUCTION - The following chapters are to be studied and understood because you will need this information during the course.

    SKIRT BLOCK & ADAPTATIONS - The Basic Skirt Block and all 13 adaptations are to be completed.

    •  It is so easy with the step-by-step work sheets with detailed diagrams.
    • Duration of this MODULE is Approximately 3-6 months

    For more information - Download MODULE 1 Course Outline

    Certificate Patternmaking Module 2 and 3

    Module 2 - covers Necklines, Collars and Sleeves. We have put them into a Module for easy reference as required for BODICE DESIGNS. This Module has 35 pages of Necklines, Collars and Sleeves information and designs.

    Module 3 - Basic Bodice Block - The Basic Bodice Block and all the adaptations are to be completed.

    • This BBB is very easy to draft using The Patternmaking with Confidence TOOL

    About the Pattern Drafting with Confidence TOOL © - one of the most daunting and difficult part of Patternmaking is drafting the BASIC BLOCKS of which there are usually 9 blocks -

    • Front & Back Basic Bodice (2 Blocks)
    • Front & Back Fitted Bodice (2 Blocks)
    • Sleeve (1 Blocks)
    • Front & Back Trousers (2 Blocks)
    • Front & Back Skirt. (2 Blocks)

    This DART-LESS block is used for stretch fabric and garments made of woven non-stretch fabric IF fullness was added with gathers, pleats and tucks. The designs using the (BBB) are for more casual garments.

    • Duration of these MODULE is Approximately 3-6 months

    For more information - Download MODULE 2&3 Course Outline

    Certificate Patternmaking Module 4 - the fitted bodice block 

    You will need to refer to Module 2 - this Module was completed in the second section with the Basic Bodice Block of the Certificate course and needs to be used as a reference as required in this module.

    Module 4 - Fitted Bodice Block - The Fitted Bodice Block Is usually a difficult and time consuming exercise but with the Patternmaking with Confidence TOOL it can be completed in a matter of minuets with a perfect fit that includes any BUST cup size.

    This is a very Fitted Bodice Block (FBB) with a shoulder and waist dart. These darts are called control darts can be transferred to many different positions depending on the need for the specific design.

    Duration of these MODULE is Approximately 3-9 months

    For more information - Download MODULE 4 Course Outline

    Certificate Patternmaking Module 5 - trousers

    Module 5 - Trousers - a well fitting pear of trousers is now possible.

    Using the Patternmaking with Confidence TOOL you can draft perfectly fitting trousers for any size.

    Learn about 

    • the basic types of pants
    • How to measure for a perfect fit
    • understand/analyse your figure
    • What is wearing ease?
    • Standards for fitting trousers.

    Duration of these MODULE is Approximately 2-3 months

    For more information - Download MODULE 5 Course Outline