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These self-paced programs will teach you to tackle the simple to the more complicated and interesting features, to enhance all your sewn garments. Learn to sew from the very beginning, or continue your sewing education. Apply new techniques learned to enhance the quality of any garment you choose to make. Esaie Couture Design School has developed these programs, powered by one of the world's top online learning institutions, for students to learn at their own pace and in the comfort of their own home. You will learn the core fundamentals and the essentials to your success in fashion.

1. The Sewing Machine
2. Intro to Sewing
3. Basic Dressmaking


1. Advanced Dressmaking
2. Miscellaneous Garments
3. Pattern Alteration
(Prerequisite: Sewing 101 or experience)


1. Decorative Figures
2. Garment Decoration
3. Embroidery
(Prerequisite: Sewing 102 or experience)

Prerequisite:  None

The Sewing Machine
  • Thread the machine
  • Understand how a stitch is created
  • Timing and Tension
Intro to Sewing
  • Terms, Tools and Equipment
  • Basic Seams
Basic Dressmaking
  • Select and prepare fabrics
  • Layout, Cut and Mark Fabrics
  • Construct garment
  • Apply Finishing Technique

Upon completion of the program, students will
 be able to:

  • Thread the upper and lower parts of a sewing machine.
  • Describe how to create a stitch.
  • Set the correct timing and tension to ensure accurate stitches.
  • Care for and maintain your sewing machine.
  • Know the terms, tools, and equipment used for cutting, sewing, and pressing.
  • Produce a variety of basic seams.
  • Explore several types of temporary and permanent stitching techniques.
  • Know how to take body measurements, buying and preparing patterns, and making simple alterations.
  • Select and prepare your chosen fabrics.
  • Layout your pattern, cut the pieces, and mark fabrics.
  • Tack together your cut fabric pieces for a first fitting.
  • Construct/sew your garment to completion
  • Apply the finishing touches to your first garment.

  • Student discounts 
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to online community
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library 

You will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows XP® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to complete your program

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Choose flattering styles and fabrics.
  • Strengthen and finish corners, slashes, and points.
  • Join and finish curved edges, pointed edges, and overlaid seams in a variety of ways.
  • Construct and attach patch, seam, and cut pockets.
  • Form and stitch pleats.
  • Select and use interfacings, linings, and backings.
  • Make coats, jackets, and trousers.
  • Create a variety of sleeve types.
  • Know how to work on a bias and how to work with weighting, shoulder pads, strap holders, and boning.
  • Know how to construct specialized garments.
  • Sew maternity wear, infant clothes, toddlers’ and children’s wear, nightwear, and underwear.
  • Use specialized seams for underwear, infant clothes, and other fine fabrics.
  • Work with lace.
  • Know how to alter a pattern to match the body of the person for whom you’re sewing.
Prerequisite: Sewing 101 or experience

Advanced Dressmaking
  • Learn to sew pants
  • Learn to sew a Jacket
  • Learn to sew Coats

Miscellaneous Garments
  • Learn to sew Maternity wear
  • Learn to sew for Children, toddler and infants
  • Learn to sew nightwear and underwear​

Altering patterns 
  • Technique to tissue fitting commercial pattern
  • Learn to adjust a pattern to fit wearer's body


Prerequisite: Sewing 102 or experience

Decorative Features
  • Install zippers
  • Attach collars cuffs and waistbands
  • Attach various types of fasteners

Garment Decoration
  • Create scallops, ruffles, godets, fringing, etc.
  • Techniques to sew on beads and sequins, etc.
  • Rouleau, piping, bows, braid, and ribbon.
  • Covered buttons, Chinese ball buttons, frogs

  • Embroidery stitches by hand or machine.
  • Join seams with special stitches.
  • Learn the basics of smocking and quilting.


Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Prepare openings in fabrics at necklines, side seams, skirts, and sleeves.
  • Select and install zippers.
  • Construct and attach several types of collars and cuffs.
  • Finish a garment at the waist.
  • Attach various types of fasteners, such as hooks and eyes, snaps, and trouser clips.
  • Create scallops, ruffles, godets, fringing, shirring, tucks, pleating, and topstitched seams.
  • Explore various types of evening wear decorations, such as beads and sequins.
  • Prepare and use rouleau, piping, bows, braid, and ribbon.
  • Make belts, loops, and arrowheads.
  • Create custom designed fasteners, such as covered buttons, Chinese ball buttons, link buttons, and frogs.
  • Describe the uses, tools, materials, threads, stitches, and designs of embroidery.
  • Create embroidery stitches by hand and with a sewing machine.
  • Transfer embroidery designs from paper to fabric.
  • Join seams with special stitches.
  • Know the basics of smocking and quilting.