Online Class: Sewing 101

In this course you will learn how to fit patterns to your body, how to choose the correct size, and how to stitch together garments that you like and that fit you well.

Self-Paced, Online Class
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Course Description

What do you enjoy about clothing? The colors? The design? The fit?

What is the most difficult part about finding clothing that falls into all three of these categories? Right, the fit. Every human being has a body shape that is just a little bit different from the person next to you. Ready-to-wear clothing manufacturers use standards or "averages" to design and produce clothing that fits the "average" person. What happens when you aren't an "average" size? Your clothing might be well designed and sport the latest in color and fabric, but it just doesn't look good on you. How do you get around that? By learning how to sew!

Sewing your own garments is really not as difficult as it may sound. This course will take you through the very basic elements of fabric choice, how to decipher the pattern envelope and instructions inside, getting to know your sewing machine and how to begin expanding your wardrobe by sewing your own clothing, or clothing for your family.

Your first project will be to stitch together a set of pajamas where you will learn most of the basic elements of how you put a garment together. After that you will learn how to sew a jacket and a basic fitted skirt with a centered zipper. Then you will complete your wardrobe by learning the ins and outs of shirt/blouse construction that includes cuffs, collars, buttons, and buttonholes, ending with the creation of a pair of pants.

Once you finish this course, you will be able to fit patterns to your body, choose the correct size, and stitch together garments that you like and that fit you well.

So what are you waiting for? Let's get started now, because once you begin, you won't be able to stop. A pattern is just where you begin. Once you understand the basics of putting a garment together, you can change and embellish it to your heart's content. Did you see a ready-to-wear garment you like, but doesn't look good on you? Find a pattern that is similar, and create a one-of-a-kind design that fits you and only you. We'll teach you how!
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Course Lessons

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  • Lesson One: Sewing Basics

    In this lesson we will discuss how to:
    • Pins, Needles and Thread
    • Scissors for cutting, clipping and other cutting tools
    • The Importance of Pressing
    • Staying Organized
  • Lesson Two: Your Sewing Machine

    In this lesson we will discuss: • Types of Sewing Machines
    • Anatomy of a Sewing Machine
    • Bobbins and Their Problems
    • Maintenance
  • Lesson Three: Fabric

    In this lesson we will discuss: • Types of Fabric
    • Warp, Weft, Nap, Right vs. Wrong Side
    • Selvage
    • Choosing Fabric for Your Garment
    • Tricky Fabrics to Sew
  • Lesson Four: All About Patterns

    In this lesson we will discuss: • Choosing a Pattern
    • Deciphering the Pattern Envelope
    • Fabric Plus the Extras
    • Layout Deciphered
  • Lesson Five: Hand Sewing

    In the lesson we will discuss: • Threading the needle
    • Basting
    • Hemming
    • Buttons
    • Decorative Touches
  • Lesson Six: Pattern Adjustments

    In the lesson we will discuss: • Basic Pattern Fitting and Adjustments
    • Adjusting Tops
    • Adjusting Pants and Skirts
    • Fitting a Pattern, Muslin Mockup
  • Lesson Seven: Pattern Layout

    In this lesson we will discuss: • Pattern Preparation
    • Choosing the right pieces
    • What the markings mean
    • Cutting out the pattern
  • Lesson Eight: Sewing Pajamas

    In this lesson we will discuss: • Choosing Thread
    • Seam Allowances/Finishes
    • Sleeves, Gathered, or Straps
    • Elastic
    • Hems
  • Lesson Nine: Sewing an Unlined Jacket

    In this lesson we will discuss: • Preparation
    • Pattern Alterations
    • Button Loop
    • Collar/Lapel/Facing
    • Button
    • Hem
  • Lesson 10: Sewing a Skirt – Part 1

    In the lesson we will discuss: • Fitting Skirts
    • Pattern Layout
    • Marking
    • Darts
  • Lesson 11: Sewing a Skirt - Part II

    In this lesson we will discuss: • Back Vent
    • Center Zipper, Finishing
    • Waistband Facing, Interfacing
    • Hems Around Vents
  • Lesson 12: Sewing a Shirt or Blouse – Part I

    In this lesson we will discuss: • Pattern Markings
    • Interfacing
    • Shoulder Seams
    • Collar
    • Cuffs
  • Lesson 13: Sewing a Shirt or Blouse - Part II

    In this lesson we will discuss how to: • Cuffs
    • Buttonholes
    • Sleeves
    • Hems
  • Lesson 14: Sewing Pants – Part I

    In this lesson we will discuss how to: • Fitting Pants
    • Pattern Marking
    • Center Front
    • Inner/Outer Leg Seams
    • Lapped Zipper
  • Lesson 15: Sewing Pants – Part II

    In this lesson we will discuss how to: • Lapped Zipper
    • Waistband
    • Hem – Machine Blindstitch

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize sewing basics.
  • Identify your sewing machine.
  • Describe fabric.
  • Describe all about patterns.
  • Demonstrate hand sewing.
  • Demonstrate pattern adjustments.
  • Demonstrate pattern layout.
  • Demonstrate sewing pajamas.
  • Demonstrate sewing an unlined jacket.
  • Demonstrate sewing a skirt.
  • Demonstrate sewing a shirt or blouse.
  • Demonstrate sewing pants.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Additional Course Information

Online CEU Certificate
  • Document Your Lifelong Learning Achievements
  • Earn an Official Certificate Documenting Course Hours and CEUs
  • Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
  • View and Share Your Certificate Online or Download/Print as PDF
  • Display Your Certificate on Your Resume and Promote Your Achievements Using Social Media
Document Your CEUs on Your Resume
Course Title: Sewing 101
Course Number: 7550477
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (3,000 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: November 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus

Student Testimonials

  • "It was very easy to follow. I have learnt a lot of new techniques." -- Fahmida B.
  • "The course material and links were very helpful." -- Mary N.
  • "Lovely lady, very helpful, very experienced, I learned a lot." -- Anne J.
  • "All I can say is I learned a lot. " -- Nancy H.