Dressmaking - 819

Mohawk College Certificate
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Get hands-on dressmaking experience!

Professional fit and appearance are the hallmarks of dressmaking. This certificate has been designed to develop advanced creative sewing and dressmaking skills, enabling you to achieve a professional standard. Exploring different fabrics and textures while constructing creative garments, you will complete samples and patterns of techniques demonstrated to use for future designs. The skills and knowledge gained through this program will enable students to pursue a career in the sewing field.

If you are looking for more basic sewing skills, you can check out our Basic Sewing series of courses. If you’re a more experienced dressmaker interested in fashion and design, see our Fashion Design Certificate.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admissions & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

Interested in taking a single course? No problem. Provided you have the appropriate prerequisites, these courses can be taken individually or as part of the full program.

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CE Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative and Business
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • Successful completion of Secondary School English or equivalent.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2019/20 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education -  Interdisciplinary, Creative, Media and Business.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: In this first course, you will concentrate on the essentials of dressmaking, including the basic sewing skills, selection of a pattern and materials, taking measurements and the steps involved in constructing a simple skirt. Construction techniques for other skirt stylings are also covered. Materials needed will be discussed at the first class.
Credits: 2
Course description: You will learn to make a basic blouse with set in sleeves. Professional techniques for constructing simple collars, short sleeve styling plus making buttonholes and more will be covered. PREREQUISITE: FASHDM110 or equivalent.
Credits: 2
Course description: Discover how special techniques and careful workmanship can eliminate the homemade look in all of your sewing projects. The handling of different fabrics is given special attention. You will demonstrate your new level of skill by completing a detailed blouse/dress. PREREQUISITE: FASHDM115 or equivalent.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: FASHDM110 and FASHDM115
Course description: Workmanship is again emphasized in this course. You will pay particular attention to achieving professional fit and finishing details for pants. Course projects include pants fitted in muslin and your choice of pant styling. PREREQUISITE: FASHDM120 or equivalent.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: FASHDM110
Course description: Learn the secrets of the professionals with emphasis on proper fitting techniques, interfacings, special trimmings and linings. You will complete a dressmaker lined jacket as your course project. PREREQUISITE: FASHDM125 or equivalent.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: FASHDM120 and FASHDM125
Course description: Specialty fabrics require careful handling, but they're worth the effort. Learn correct layout, construction and pressing pointers, with tips on beading, shirring and boning a garment. You will complete a special occasion style of dress/evening outfit of your choice. Materials extra. PREREQUISITE: FASHDM130 or equivalent.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: FASHDM120 and FASHDM125
Course description: Examine details of cutting, fitting and sewing a tailored garment, in wood or another natural fibre. Complete a ladies tailored suit or coat. Prerequisite: FASHDM135 or equivalent.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: FASHDM135
Course description: Learn professional tailoring tips for men's jackets, trousers, and vests. Choose a men's or boy's garment as a project. Materials extra. Prerequisite: FASH DM140 or equivalent.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: FASHDM140
Getting Started

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Learning Outcomes

  • Development of sewing skills achieve professional techniques in constructing various garments for anyone
  • Proper usage of equipment and fabric
  • Understand and apply the major concepts related to clothing constructions, fitting standards and pattern alterations
  • Apply this to the fit and appearance of a garment

Career Opportunities

  • Sewing specialist
  • Alteration specialist
  • Cottage based business or small business entrepreneur
  • Established retail and fashion stores and manufacturers


Supplies are required for these courses and it is the responsibility of the student to bring their own materials. A list of materials required will be provided via email before the course starts. If you would like more information, or an advanced list of materials, please contact us.