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.

View courses available this term under Program of Studies.

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Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative and Business

  • 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.

Financial Assistance Information

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The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current 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, Media, Creative Arts and Business.

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

Visit the Textbooks page for information on ordering your course materials.

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: Demonstrate the essentials of dressmaking, including basic sewing skills, selection of a pattern and materials, taking measurements, and constructing a simple lined skirt. Construct a set of reference samples of techniques used.
Credits: 2
Course description: Make a basic blouse with set in sleeves. Use professional techniques for constructing simple collars, short sleeve styling, making buttonholes and more.
Credits: 2
Course description: Construct a detailed shirt or shirtdress with a two-piece collar and long sleeves with cuffs. Emphasize techniques for constructing a two-piece collar, front placket and various sleeve openings and cuffs.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: FASHDM110 and FASHDM115
Course description: Construct custom fitted pants in choice of styling and fabric, emphasizing workmanship and finishing details. Assemble and adjust a muslin test garment to ensure proper fit.
Prerequisites: FASHDM110
Course description: Construct a fully lined dressmaker's jacket with notched collar and two piece sleeves, with emphasis on proper fitting, interfacings, pockets, and lining and finishing techniques.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: FASHDM120 and FASHDM125
Course description: Complete a special occasion style of dress / evening outfit of your choice, emphasizing correct layout, construction, and pressing. Examine a variety of decorative details and boning a garment, while exploring specialty fabrics and the careful handling they require.
Prerequisites: FASHDM120 and FASHDM125
Course description: Examine details of cutting, fitting and sewing a tailored garment, in wool or another natural fibre. Complete a ladies tailored jacket.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: FASHDM135
Course description: Explore professional tailoring techniques for men's jackets, trousers, and vests. Construct a men's or boy's suit as a project.
Prerequisites: FASHDM140
Getting Started

Visit CE Get Started, your go-to online resource for getting started. You’ll find information on online tools and the wide range of student services available to you to support your success as a Mohawk College student and to help you achieve your future goals!

Login to MyMohawk
MyMohawk is the college portal used to access your student account information, email, grades and more. Your username and password can be found on the Continuing Education Acknowledgement of Registration & Student Account form that was sent to you after you registered for your course. Visit the Getting Started - MyMohawk Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Access Mohawk Email
On the MyMohawk Home screen you will see a link to Mohawk email. Visit the Getting Started – Mohawk Email Guide to learn how to set up your account on your devices.

Access MyCanvas
On the MyMohawk Home screen you will see a link to MyCanvas, Mohawk College’s Learning Management System. Visit the Getting Started - MyCanvas Guide for step-by-step instructions. Please note your course will not appear in MyCanvas until the scheduled start date.

Find your Classroom
Room assignments for Continuing Education are available on the WhereEnCampus Portal. Visit Room Listings for more information.

Find your Textbook
Use the Mohawk College Textbook Search to find your course materials.

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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.