In-class sessions. Includes access to more than 25 hours of video tutorials.




During this course, students will be introduced to sewing equipment, tools, threads, needles, and trims. They will learn all the basic techniques for hand sewing and machine sewing, stitches, and seam finishes, and they will become familiar with a professional vocabulary of sewing terms and definitions. 

As part of the course, students will complete a series of practical exercises, compiling them into a comprehensive Stitch Album/Reference Book. This invaluable resource includes detailed references on various sewing elements such as boning, trims and tapes, fusible interfacings, thread, button attachment, seams and seam finishes, hems, darts, pleats, and bias tape, among others. 

The final goal is to complete the Stitch Album/ Reference Book so you can keep it as a reference and go-to when constructing garments.

Enrolling in this course grants you access to our Virtual Classroom, where you can conveniently watch the video lessons at your own pace and revisit them as often as needed. This flexible online format is only a supplement—class sections are in person, twice a week—to ensure you can learn sewing techniques and complete the course at a time and place that suits you best.

*Stitch Album/Reference Book included with the tuition.

Certification of completion included.



  • Materials list for Sewing for Beginners

  • - 10 yards of printed cotton calico 43” or wider

  • - Fabric scissors

  • - Pinking shears

  • - A packet of sewing pins

  • - Hand sewing needles in different sizes

  • - Pin cushion

  • - Seam ripper
    - 3-5 thread cones in different colors
    - Thread clipper
    - Tailor’s chalk
    - Tape measurement
    - Loop turner
    - 60 or more cardstock paper
    - 50 or more clear sheet protectors
    - Stitch Album — Included within your registration fee

  • [Stitch Album is distributed to students on (mandatory) orientation day scheduled prior to first day of class]
    - Mandatory Text Book: A Guide to Fashion Sewing. 5th or 6th edition. By Connie Amaden-Crawford



*Students must have a straight stitch sewing machine to practice at home as well as have access to a printer to print PDF patterns.

  • *We recommend  Singer Heavy Duty 1144.



Basic Sewing

Monday & Wednesday from 10:00am – 3.30pm.

August: 6,8,13,15,20,22,27, and 29

Mondays through Thursdays 

from 6pm –8.30 pm Sep:5, 6,7,8, 12,13,14,15,19 ,20,21,22, 26, 27, 28and 29




Terms and Conditions: Students are responsible for buying all the course materials and supplies, including any mandatory textbooks. Make sure to read the "materials list" corresponding to this course or ask the school for one before paying for the course. Please obtain the requested supplies to ensure your ability to complete course assignments. The material list is updated every four months; course instructors may suggest extra supplies for the course not listed in the original material list.

This course is divided into two modules. Suppose you are to miss a class session. In that case, you are responsible for watching the video tutorials provided to you via the virtual classroom and making arrangements with the instructor to catch up. If you don't complete all the course assignments satisfactorily, you automatically fail the course and might need to invest more time and money if you still want to move forward and enroll in Garment Construction.

Students need to be in class on time; instructors may deny entrance to class sessions if you are more than ten minutes late.

We take pride in our curriculum, and our students need to meet the school's expectations. The student is responsible for completing every class assignment. Failure to do this will result in failing the course. When receiving a quiz, only a "B"/80 or more is a passing grade for our courses.

This course is about practicing, and each class section requires at least 3-5 hours at home.

*School staff might take pictures or videos for social media, and by attending this course, you agree to be pictured in any of those promotional materials.

*FIF sends out weekly emails and SMS text blasts; by enrolling into any Short Fashion Course from our institute you are agreeing to receive these marketing emails and text messages, in which you are able to unsubscribe and/or opt-out of at any moment.

Cancellation and refund policy: Space and schedules are limited at the Fashion Institute of Florida. Therefore, if students decide to cancel their registration for any reason within 15 days from their 1st day of class, they will pay a $100.00 cancellation fee. If students choose to cancel their registration for any reason within seven (7) days from their 1st day of class, they will pay a $200.00 cancellation fee. The course cost is not refundable after the 1st day of class. FIF reserves the right to cancel any class due to low enrollment and to postpone classes due to circumstances beyond the Fashion Institute of Florida's control. We make every effort to notify students of postponements and cancellations at least 48 hours before the first scheduled class. FIF may elect to postpone a course to receive additional registrations to meet minimum enrollment requirements. Refund and cancellation policies are strictly enforced.

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Students will be introduced to the art of draping, the history of draping and when to choose the draping method over the flat method. During this course, students will learn about the different types of muslin and how to prepare your muslin blocks for draping. 


Students will be introduced to grading, understand the terminology and how to apply it. We will teach you the different ways to do grading and practice in class grading a basic skirt, pants, 2 darts bodice, torso bodice, sleeves, and more pieces. This course includes a grading reference guide.


Students are introduced to textiles, the terminology of fabrics and fibers, properties, construction, and finishes. In addition, we will discuss the difference between natural fibers versus manmade fibers and woven to knit fabrics. Students will put together a swatch kit.


A complete program designed for creative individuals that want to gain complete knowledge of the fashion industry.



"For years I have been dreaming about becoming a fashion designer but always found it to be unattainable. This school has changed that.
I leave every class so confident and excited about what I have learned and can’t wait to come back. The schedule, class size, cost, and talent of the professors are almost too good to be true. But trust me, they are."

Taylor Dorry, Student  -  2 APR 2019

"Hello Fashionistas! I really like taking classes at The Fashion Institute of South Florida. After many years of looking around for a good, affordable and flexible fashion school in Miami, I’m lucky enough to have found this. I have been learning so much with the classes and the schedule is very convenient for me. $$ is super inexpensive but yet professional. I’m almost ready to enter to fashion world and launch my own clothing label! All thanks to The Fashion Institute of South Florida!"

Krysalee Reye, Student  - 15 SEP 2020

"I really enjoyed this course. It opened my thoughts and provided lots of new inspirational ideas. I always wanted to learn about fashion and what goes into garment production, so this course was exactly what I was looking for. The teachers are very friendly and they will help you with everything you need. Rucht was the best, she'll teach you everything she knows about fashion."

Juan Marcano, Marketer  - 04 JUL 2020

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