Part-Time Evening Classes at PDA

Garment Construction

Learn about fashion industry techniques used in garment sewing. This course is perfect for those wanting to elevate their sewing skills or looking to apply to a full time fashion program.

In this series of lecture and lab sessions students will learn about the fashion industry techniques used in garment sewing.

Participants will be introduced to the industrial sewing machine and serger and build a reference book of samples using industry standard construction techniques. The characteristics of a production pattern will be introduced and students will learn about the industry seam allowances and pattern markings that make sewing faster, easier and more economical. This course is perfect for those wanting to elevate their sewing skills or those looking to apply to a full time fashion program in the future.

Students will practice sewing and constructing a variety of seams, darts, collars, pockets, waistbands, zippers, and facing samples using industrial sewing equipment and techniques. Students will complete a sample book of garment construction techniques demonstrating their acquired sewing skills.

Course Length: 6 weeks, 36 hours

Materials Needed: 
Dressmaker’s Pins, Pin-cushion, Thread- Gutermann: (4) polyester, Fabric and Paper Scissors, Tailor’s Chalk, Seam Ripper, Thread Snips, Muslin: light-medium weight - 4 m, HB Pencil, Three Ring Binder, Plastic Page Protectors

Program Start: 
September 2019

Course Hours: 5:30pm-8:30pm. Tuesdays & Thursdays

Fees: $495.00 taxes included.

Course Outline:

Class 1:
Intro to Industrial Sewing Machines
Sewing Practice: Getting Comfortable  with the Industrial Machine
Sewing, Sample Cutting, and Prep
Fabric Terminology: Grainlines and Muslin Prep

Class 2:
Hand Sewing: Buttons, Thread Loops,  Hems.
Seam Allowances and Pattern Markings-lecture
Industry Lay-Up and Cutting  Techniques-lecture
Stitching Samples
Seams and Seam Finishes - Start

Class 3:
Seams and Seam Finishes - Continue
Sewing Project – Bring own Pattern

Class 4:
Corners and Curves, Darts

Class 5:
Pockets: Patch, Slash, Inseam

Class 6:
Zippers: Centered, Lapped, Invisible, Fly Front

Class 7:
The Skirt & The Waistband

Class 8:
The Bodice

Class 9:
Collars & Continue Sewing Project

Class 10:
Plackets: Sleeve & Continue Sewing Project

Class 11:
Work on sewing project

Class 12:
Complete sewing project


Student 1:
This class was very useful to me in becoming more skilled in making clothes and working with various equipment and materials. 

Head of Fashion Industry

Caroline was born and raised on the East coast of sunny South Africa. After high school she received a certificate in Fashion Styling & Photography, followed by a bachelor's degree in Fashion Design from Inscape Design College in Durban, South Africa. She immigrated to Canada in March 2016 and has since started her own small online clothing label, Leanne Handmade. Caroline aims to bring fresh ideas and a new outlook to her courses at PDA, she believes that encouragement, motivation, engagement, and strong instruction are the keys to producing high quality graduates, ready to join the working world.

Classes with insufficient registration will be cancelled. Should this occur, a full refund will be issued. So don't delay, register today!

Please call 250-383-3631 for more information.