In your own home!


Confidence to tackle any dressmaking project, it is now possible to learn all the sewing skills you will need with our distance dressmaking course by correspondence.

No previous experience is necessary. No matter where you live, you can begin your journey into sewing your own garments, a complete set of visual instructions on DVD will guide you through this dressmaking correspondence course in the comfort of your own home.

There are a total of 61 sewing techniques on the the easiest-to-use sewing reference DVD’s available. Every sewing technique is demonstrated from start to finish with close-up filming.

You will provide to the Academy 32 in depth samples for marking and feedback.

You can start this course any day, no need to wait for the class to start!


  • Ideal for beginners through to advanced sewers – from pattern selection to professional sewing techniques.
  • Step by step, techniques including collars, plackets, facings, sleeves, zips etc., and lessons on pattern buying, layout, cutting, marking, interfacing and pressing.
    Up to date techniques on a 5 x DVD set, with close up step by step filming. A visual reference library of 61 essential sewing techniques plus 6 fundamental sewing lessons.
  • The technical reference set is an authoritative source of tried and tested sewing techniques that will help you achieve a professional and accurate result every time. Course Outline.
The Process

Once you receive your course work we ask you to send in the first 4 - 5 samples for assessment and feedback; this continues for all 32 samples and then based on the techniques you have learned we will ask you to construct 3 garments from commercial patterns.  We esitmate this will take around 5 months, although we continue to offer feedback and assessment for 12 months.


I found the Distance Dressmaking course immensely rewarding, and have learned so much!
Before starting the course I was a true beginner. It is hard to believe that I have now made a tailored skirt, jeans and a shirt, with all of the elements and techniques that these involve. I now have a new confidence to attempt garments that I would have previously considered far beyond my ability.
The distance format was flexible and convenient for my lifestyle, and the tutors (Sunita and Pam) were always available to help when I needed guidance. Sunita provided detailed and enthusiastic feedback on all of my work, which I greatly appreciated. I thoroughly enjoyed the Distance Dressmaking course and would recommend it to anyone who wishes to improve their sewing skills.

Jessie Duffin

Thanks Sunita for your lovely comments and support.
I very much enjoy doing the assignments and find it satisfying to complete them.
I’m so glad that I have persevered and you are definitely the reason why I continue. Thanks so much for not giving up on me.

Kate Guttery

I am really enjoying the Distance Diploma (now Apparel Creation) course I find it challenging and creative. I initially trained as a hairdresser/makeup artist, but couldn’t find the backup in my apprenticship. When I started the Diploma I thought it would be a lot easier, but I found I can learn at my own pace and I get great feedback from my tutor, who lets me know where I have made an error and why. The most difficult thing is waiting for the feedback but the tutor goes into great detail and helps me understand. I am setting up work experience for myself with a Hamilton designer who is into 1950’s rock vintage, and am really looking forward to it. I have only done the sewing, skirt and fitted T’Shirt modules so far, but the garments fit well and the Academy is impressed with my work.

Chris Stokes

I always wanted to learn how to make my own patterns and design beautiful clothes but I wasn’t able to quit my full time job. I found the Diploma (Apparel Creation) course by searching the Internet and was so happy that I finally was able to study what I am so passionate about. I have learned so much and was able to do it from home. When I got stuck, with making patterns or making the garments, my tutor was so helpful and made it really easy to correct my mistakes, and put me on the right track.
Before I started the diploma I thought it would be a lot easier than it was. I have a bit of sewing experience but it took me a lot longer to complete the course material, and also the pattern making was a lot harder for me than I thought it would be. I have learned a lot more than I thought too.
The assistance of the Academy was great. Tutors were always available and so helpful.

I finally learned how to sew professional garments and design my own patterns. I improved my sewing skills and can make garments a lot faster.I can only recommend the Academy the Distance Diploma (now Apparel Creation) is a great course and I would do it again.

Melanie Donhauser