14 sections of 3 hours each. Includes access to more than 25 hours of video tutorials.


We accept payment installments through PayPal or ShopPay (if elligible). 


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

Students will complete all the practical exercises and add them to the Stitch Album/Reference Book. This book includes references on different types of boning, trims and tapes, fusible interfacings, thread, how to attach buttons, how to do seams and seam finishes, hems, darts, pleats and bias tape, etc.

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.

By paying for this course, you will get access to the online version in our Virtual Classroom, so you can watch the video lessons as many times as you need in order to learn and complete all homework assigned.

*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.

  • *Material list is updated every 4 months.

  • *Course instructors may request extra supplies not listed above.

Sewing for Beginners [FALL 2022]

Sep- Dec 2022

Saturday from 9am-12pm. In the classroom

Aug. 27th

Sep. 10, 17, 24th

Oct. 1, 8, 15, - OFF 22nd, 29th

Nov. 5, 12, 19th

-OFF 26th for Thanksgiving break

Dec. 3, 10, 17th


Thursday from 10am-1pm. In the classroom

Sep. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29th

Oct. 6, 13, - OFF 20th, 27th

Nov. 3, 10, 17th

-OFF 24th for Thanksgiving break

Dec. 1, 8, 15th


Monday from 6-9pm. In the classroom

Aug. 29th

- OFF Sep. 5th for Labor Day

Sep. 12, 19, 26th

Oct. 3, 10, 17, -OFF 24th, 31st

Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28th

Dec. 5, 12th


To get the most from this course, we recommended a minimal additional 4 weekly hours to practice and completed homework.

Sewing for Beginners [SUMMER B]

July- August 2022 

Wednesday & Friday 10am-1pm. In the classroom

July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, and 27th

  • OFF July 29th

Aug. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, and 24th


To get the most from this course, we recommended a minimal additional 4 weekly hours to practice and completed homework.



Sewing for Beginners [SUMMER 2022]

May- August 2022

Saturday from 9am-12pm. In the classroom

May 7, 14, 21, – OFF 28th

June 4, 11, 18, 25th

July – OFF 2nd, 9, 16, 23, 30th

Aug. 6, 13, 20th


Monday from 10am-1pm. In the classroom

May 2, 9, 16, 23, – OFF 30th

June 6, 13, 20, 27th

July – OFF 4th, 11, 18, 25th

Aug. 1, 8, 15th

To get the most from this course, we recommended a minimal additional 4 weekly hours to practice and completed homework.

Terms: Students are responsible to buy all the materials and supplies for the course 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. Failure to obtain the supplies or some of it will limit your ability to complete course assignments. We update the course material list every 4 months, course instructors can request extra supplies for the course not listed in the original material list.

This course is 14 sections (42 hours), divided into two modules of 7 sections each (21 hours each). If you miss any section, you are responsible for watching the videos tutorial and make 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 session if you are 10 or more minutes late.

We take pride in our curriculum and our students need to meet the school's expectations. The student is responsible for completing each and every class assignment, failure to this will result into 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 a least 3-5 hours of practice at home.

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


Cancellation and refund policy: Space and scheduling is limited at The Fashion Institute of South 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 decide to cancel their registration for any reason, within 7 days from their 1st day of class, they will pay a $200.00 cancellation fee. The cost of the course is not refundable after the 1st day of class. TFISF reserves the right to cancel any class by low enrollment and to postpone classes due to circumstances beyond The Fashion Institute of South Florida’s control. We make every effort to notify students of postponements and cancellations at least 48 hours before the first scheduled class. TFISF may elect to postpone a class in order 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 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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