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Fashion Sewing Basics Weekend

Fashion Sewing Basics Weekend (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Elena Koivunen


Sewing is at the foundation of every good fashion design. The understanding of sewing and pattern making gives to a designer essential tools to develop and execute ideas.

During this intense course students will be introduced to the basic and most important aspects of sewing (pattern reading, seam constructions, some fabric manipulations and the order of making). This course will give students a strong base of knowledge upon which they can keep developing their skills.

Students will learn how to use the most essential sewing equipment and machinery such as lockstitch machine, overlock, iron and fuse press.

This course is vital for someone who wants to start making clothes but does not yet know how to do it. The course would suit students who want to study fashion design and have no technical background as well as people who want to review/ brush up on their sewing basics and straighten their foundations.

The course includes not only the theory and the demonstration but also the practice. At the end of this course someone who had no sewing skill will make a cotton bag or a pencil case themselves.

Topics Covered

  • Reading a pattern
  • Choosing and preparing fabric
  • Fusing
  • Fabric cutting
  • Industrial and domestic lockstitch and overlock machines
  • Seam construction
  • Basic stitches, different edge finishing

Who should take this course?

Beginners; students with no technical skills

Course Outcomes

You will have learnt the basics of sewing through practical workshops and produces calico bag or a penal

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

Please note that all courses scheduled to start before 30 June 2020 will take place in an online classroom. Courses starting after this date will be held in our onsite classrooms.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

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

Online courses are not available to book on the day they start.

Tutor Description

Elena Koivunen is a CSM graduate who showed in the prestigious press show with publications in several fashion magazines. After several placements/work experiences in luxurious fashion houses in London, she has worked as a designer for Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. She is currently working on her own line as well as freelancing for other companies.


Please bring on the first day:

  • Scissors (preferably fabric and paper scissors)
  • Pins
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure

Available dates