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Fashion Manufacturing (Online Short Course)

Fashion Manufacturing (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Jennifer Williams-Baffoe


This course will demystify fashion manufacturing through “virtual” visits to a factory to learn about the process and procedures that go into producing a quality garment. It will teach you how clothes are made step by step and is ideal for designers who want to start small scale production, or fashion buyers who work with factories to develop clothes for a private label.

You will analyse key factors in the garment manufacturing process including price and quality, colour, fabric and yarn, fabric testing and construction types. In addition, you will learn about the importance of fashion forecasting, order size in clothing manufacturing, quality control and ethical manufacturing.

The virtual factory visits make this course unique as you really get to go behind the scenes, see a real factory, and ask questions about the equipment and manufacturing processes. This is a fast-paced, practical course and you are encouraged to ask questions but also to work independently. By the end of this course you will have created a plan for your very own capsule collection.

This fashion manufacturing course will give you an insight into an important, but often mysterious, part of the fashion industry. The skills you will learn will guide you as you start your own small fashion business or consider fashion manufacturing roles within larger clothing companies.


  • Introduction to production and manufacturing in the fashion industry
  • Fashion forecasting and why it is important to manufacturing
  • The buying and sales process
  • Range planning and capsule collections
  • Costing a garment, costing a collection, and costing sheets
  • Price and quality
  • Garment specification and design style sheets
  • Colour, fabric and yarn
  • Fabric selection and testing
  • Pros and cons of overseas production
  • Finding a factory and factory assessment
  • Ethical manufacturing what does that mean?
  • Producing a code of conduct
  • Factory terminology and terms and conditions
  • Production management, quality control, and critical path management
  • Fit procedures
  • Care instructions
  • Delivery and finance

Course Outcomes:

By the end of the course you will have;

  • Developed a working knowledge of small to medium volume fashion manufacturing.
  • Learned about pricing architecture and strategies
  • Produced a code of conduct
  • Learned about contemporary issues relating to Fashion Manufacturing, such as overseas production and ethical manufacture
  • Become familiar with a broad range of industry relevant factory terminology
  • Understood the significance of Fashion forecasting in relation to manufacturing processes
  • Planned your own capsule collection

Who is Fashion Manufacturing (Online Short Course) for?
This course is for individuals that wish to learn about fashion manufacturing, costing for the fashion industry, manufacturing terminology and how to manage basic production for a small capsule collection.

Level: Beginner.

Why choose an CSM Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience Central Saint Martins wherever you are in the world. The real-time chat sessions are fully interactive allowing you to communicate easily with the tutor at the same time as fellow students. Additionally all CSM Online Short Courses include;

  • Live sessions with expert
  • Lesson recordings
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • CSM Certificate upon completion

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Jennifer Williams-Baffoe is an international fashion and creative industry business consultant and has worked for many organisations such as The Fashion and Textiles Museum, The British Fashion Council and The British Apparel and Textile Confederation. Jennifer is a short course tutor at Central Saint Martins and The London College of Fashion and is the author of The British Fashion Councils Designer Manufacturer Handbook. Jennifer is also a consultant for the United Nations on their Ethical Fashion Initiative Project


Online Short Course Materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Firefox or Chrome)
  • The latest version of Java installed on your device
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet; 2G, 3G or 4G will not be sufficient

Course Specific Materials

  • Paper and pen to take notes during live sessions

Available dates