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Beginner Dressmaking

  • Beginner
  • 18 and older
  • $385
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  • 265 W 37th St, New York, NY
  • 18 hours over 6 sessions

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Class Description

Description

What you'll learn in this dressmaking class:

Make yourself a custom fit dress in 6 weeks!

This class reveals the secrets of cutting from a commercial pattern, construction methods and foolproof fitting techniques to make the dress fit you, perfectly. Learn to be a dress maker! 

Course Outline:
  • Learn about fabrics and notions
  • Learn to measure your body 
  • Learn to work with a commercial pattern
  • Learn to prepare fabric for cutting
  • Learn construction techniques
  • Learn zipper insertion
  • Learn proper pressing and finishing techniques
Pre-requisites:
  • Some sewing machine experience is needed
  • If none, then students are recommended to register for the Sew Simple Workshop or Learn to Sew in A Day.
Q&A

Q: Can I make up a class if I miss one?
A: 
No, but you will have time to catch up with the teacher. The school encourages students to not miss a class if possible, however upon your return to class the teacher will give a new lecture, and after students are doing classwork they will go over the previous missed lesson with you.If you need more time, you'll have the option to book a private lesson with the instructor to further go over what was missed.

Q: Is a certificate of completion available to me after completing their class?
A: No

Q: Is a professional certificate available to me after completing their class?
A: No

Q: Can I take home what I make in this class?
A: Yes

Q: Are the materials provided in the cost of the class? 
A: No

Materials you need to bring to class :
  • Pins
  • Pinking shears
  • Scissors
  • 5 Yards of muslin
  • hand needles
  • Thread
  • Low shank zipper foot
  • (6) 9" invisible zippers
  • (2) 22" invisible zippers
  • Clear 18" grid ruler
  • Notebook
  • Sewing machine needles, sizes 11, 14
  • A pattern will be required; Instructor will advise in class.
Q: Is there anything else I should be aware of to be prepared for class?
A: Yes, bring a notebook and pen for taking notes.

Refund Policy

There will be no reduction of fees or full or partial refund for absence, late arrival, late registration, withdrawal or dismissal.

Cancellations by Us

If a course is cancelled or postponed by the school, you will be notified as quickly as possible. You will be given the opportunity to either use the credit for a later start time or transfer to another course. Otherwise, the full cost of your fees will be refunded to you within four weeks, under normal conditions. We shall not be liable for any other consequential loss.

Cancellations by You

​Upon completing registration and enrollment, you agree to the terms and conditions and commit to any penalties resulting from your withdrawal or cancellation of classes/courses.

  • Short Classes (1 Day to 8 Weeks):
    • All cancellations made less than 2 business days prior to the start of a short class or less than 3 business days prior to a private lesson are non-refundable.
  • Ongoing Programs (3 to 8 Months):
    • After the start date, all students who withdraw from a program during the 1st month of class will receive a refund of 75% of their total payment. All students who withdraw during the 2nd months of class will receive a 60% refund. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GRANTED to students who withdraw after the end of the 2nd month of class.

Make-up Policy

We don't offer make-up classes, but the student is able to go over what was missed in the missed class in their next class. If the student needs more time, they are able to book a private lesson with the provider to further go over what was missed.

Reviews of Classes at Esaie Couture Design School (334)

(4.4-star rating across 334 reviews)
  • Beginner Dressmaking

    Reviewed by Karen R. on 6/3/2018
    I learned how to sew a dress. After creating 2 muslin samples, I completed the class with a presentable dress that fit well. The group was small enough to allow for very good individualized attention.
  • Beginner Dressmaking

    Anonymous review on 6/3/2018
    Great class for beginners! I’m confident now to start sewing on my own thanks to this class. Daniel is a very good teacher!
  • Beginner Dressmaking

    Anonymous review on 3/4/2018
    You will definitely learn the basic dressmaking skills and a lot of what you take away depends on the the amount of time you dedicate to practicing away from class. This class will provide you the badic foundation. Max 6 people to a class. 6 weeks worked very well for me and the teacher is very experienced and knowledgeable.
  • Beginner Dressmaking

    Anonymous review on 11/27/2017
    This was a six week Dressmaking Class. There were two very knowledgeable instructors, helpful, and pleasant, however one of them was extremely difficult to understand. Class 1 we introduced ourselves, the instructors introduced themselves and asked us (the students) what we wanted to get out of this class. My reply was that I have some sewing knowledge, but I have difficulty reading patterns, and that was why I was taking this class. These two Instructors were there for the first three classes; I did gain some new knowledge, however I still am not clear about actually reading the pattern, since they demonstrated the steps us as we went along but did not refer to the instructions that are included with the pattern. When the other students and I arrived for the fourth class, neither of these women were there; a young man was there instead. He was also personable, but he did not inform us that he was taking the class over until we asked if he was their replacement. The Director, Wanda also did not tell us that neither she or the other Instructor would be there for the last three classes. Daniel told us he would be there for the next three classes because Wanda was moving from Brooklyn to Long Island (there was no explanation for the other Instructor), and that his name is Daniel. Since Wanda was moving, I am sure this was something that was planned quite a while ago, and I think it would have been courteous for her to let us know that they would not be finishing the class. Daniel was personable, but he spent most of the evening looking at his phone. He did respond if we asked for his assistance; he too is knowledgeable, but he could have put the phone away and have been more attentive to his students. I did come home with a very nice dress, but I still am not sure I could construct this garment while trying to follow the pattern on my own. This was a rather expensive class, and although, as I mentioned, I did come away with some new knowledge, but I think the Director could have made more of an effort to meet the needs of her students, and not have scheduled this course in between her move.
  • Beginner Dressmaking

    Anonymous review on 10/21/2017
    The class is very informative and fun. The instructor Danny Mayorga is an absolute rock star. Overall a great way to start your Saturday mornings. Highly recommend.
  • Beginner Dressmaking

    Reviewed by Victoria B. on 6/4/2017
    I really enjoyed this class. Sewing is a relatively new hobby to me, and I thought this class gave me the tools and techniques to understand what would be involved in making a dress, and then hopefully future projects.
  • Beginner Dressmaking

    Reviewed by Helene C. on 10/1/2016
    I would have given the class a 5 if the class was more comfortable. It was the hottest I have ever been. Air conditioner was never working right so it was very uncomfortable.The instructor Amber is excellent . She was patient, and talented.
  • Beginner Dressmaking

    Anonymous review on 8/12/2016
    The instructors are friendly and helpful. They take the class at your individual pace and I think you get a lot for your month. There was only four in the class so was easy to get bespoke guidance. Some of us could have had a slightly harder pattern but would have been difficult to do in the time given.
  • Beginner Dressmaking

    Reviewed by Jana L. on 6/24/2016
    Amber was fantastic. Great class, even though it might be a bit frustrating for a total beginner. The school should invest in better sewing machines.
  • Beginner Dressmaking

    Reviewed by Manjot B. on 1/10/2019
  • Beginner Dressmaking

    Anonymous review on 6/5/2018
  • Beginner Dressmaking

    Reviewed by Helen M. on 5/23/2018
  • Beginner Dressmaking

    Reviewed by Elizabeth M. on 7/16/2017
  • Beginner Dressmaking

    Reviewed by Sharon M. on 6/23/2017
  • Beginner Dressmaking

    Reviewed by Violet L. on 3/5/2017
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students who took classes at Beginner Dressmaking learned how to sew a dress by creating two muslin samples and completing a class with a presentable dress that fits well. The small class size allowed for individualized attention and the instructors were described as knowledgeable and helpful. Students felt that they gained new knowledge and skills in dressmaking, and they appreciated the personable nature of the instructors. Overall, students found the class informative and enjoyed learning the tools and techniques involved in making a dress. Quotes: - "I learned how to sew a dress...completed the class with a presentable dress that fit well." - "Great class for beginners! I'm confident now to start sewing on my own thanks to this class." - "The instructors are friendly and helpful..."

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Question from Shyanne B.
I want to take the course that begins on October 2nd but cannot make the first class. Is there a way I can do before or after?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hello, there! Esaie Couture Design School don't offer make-up classes, but the student is able to go over what was missed in the missed class in their next class. If the student needs more time, they are able to book a private lesson with the school to further go over what was missed.
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Question from Tarek K.
I'm a guy, not going to be making a dress for myself but I would love to take this course to get familiar with dress making. Is this still a good fit for me?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there, yes, this course is a good fit for you!
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Question from Anonymous
Will the same teacher(s) be instructors for all the classes? Is it possible to use a different pattern—ie. one with sleeves?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hello there! We have the same instructor for the entire course. Students must use pattern mentioned in the course description unless the student already taken this course. Hope this answers your question!
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Question from Andrea
Hi, does anyone know if we have to bring a sewing machine for the classes?
Answer from Karen R. Verified Student
The school supplies sewing machines.
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Question from Seiko T.
Hi, could you please advise where I can get all the things on the list in New York City? Thank you!
Answer from Ara M. Verified Student
You can get them from Sil Thread or some other sewing notions store. Also the instructor will go over this on the first day of class.
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Question from kristin t.
Hi, Would it be possible to use Vogue pattern 9021 instead of pattern 9184?
Answer from Margaret T. Verified Student
Hi Kristen! That question would be better answered by the instructors.
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Kristin! All students in the Beginner Dressmaking class are using Vogue 9184, as required by the instructor. Thank you.
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Question from Jie B.
Hi, does anyone know whether the fabric is required to bring in for the first class? Thank you!
Answer from Kristle C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Jie! You may bring all except the 2 1/2 yards fashion fabric as this will be advised by the instructor. Hope that helps!
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Esaie Couture Design School

Owners and founders Esaie and Wanda Bruno bring 30 years of combined experience in the design and marketing of clothing. Their fierce dedication to excellence guides their company as well as their New York sewing classes.

Wanda, a native of Philadelphia, came to New York with a dream to enter the fashion...

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