Garment Construction – following a proven structured method to learn how to sew and put garments together using the best techniques. Using our Bernina machines and overlockers you progress at your own pace. Next class starts June 2024

Garment Construction


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19 weeks

“At the Academy”

The course will add to your sewing skills with 11 advanced samples to complete, including buttonholes, mitred corners, and topstitching etc. You are following a plan that will give you the skills you need to create quality garments.

This course is suitable for students who wish to go onto a fashion design course or for those who want to improve their sewing skills.

After completion of the the course you will receive a Level 2 Certificate from the Academy, and have the skills need to progress to Advanced Garment Construction.

Intermediate Garment Construction

  • A class in techniques for sewists who want to improve their sewing skills.
  • Each days class will build upon techniques learnt in the previous class.
  • You will need to provide your own tools – We have a complete kit (see below), we provide the calico and notions for your samples.
  • Learn why you should use these techniques and where to apply them to give your garment that professional finish.

Small intimate classes to ensure you get individual attention when you need it.

    2024 Dates and times

    Please note these dates may be subject to change.

    Morning classes run for 4 hours.

    Tuesday Morning 9.30am – 1.30pm

    Jun 11, 18, 25
    Jul 2,  23, 30
    Aug 13, 20, 27
    Sep 3, 10. 17, 24
    Oct 15, 22, 29
    Nov 5, 12

    Evening classes run for 3 hours

    Monday Evening 6pm – 9pm

    June 10, 17, 224
    July 1,  22, 29
    Aug 5, 12, 19, 26
    Sep 2, 9, 16, 23
    Oct 14, 21, 28
    Nov 4, 11

    Wednesday Evening 6pm – 9pm

    Jun 12, 19, 26
    Jul 3,  24, 31
    Aug 14, 21, 28
    Sep 4, 11. 18, 25
    Oct 16, 23, 30
    Nov 6, 13


    Sewing Kit $120


    • 1 x Small sharp pointed Scissors
    • 1 x Tailors Chalk
    • 1 x Assorted hand sewing needles
    • 1 x Seam Ripper
    • 1 x Magnetic Pin Cushion
    • 1 x Dressmaking Scissors 220mm
    • 1 x Snips
    • 1 x Pouch for Sewing supplies
    • 1 x packet Dressmakers pins
    • 1 x Tape Measure
    • 1 x Point Turner
    • 1 x Carbon paper
    Garfment Construction

    Sunita is a wonderful patient teacher who has a wealth of knowledge.  The Academy has great facilities and I can’t wait to take the next step in my sewing journey

    Lucia Cameron

    Thank you Sunita, I loved coming to class.  I feel confident to use a sewing machine and am excited to start making my own garments.

    Nicole Parry

    When we needed extra help Sunita was always there!

    Katerina Pickering

    Sunita is a fabulous teacher, before the course started I was concerned that I might not learn much having quilted for years – how wrong I was! We started with the basics and the pace of the course was perfect moving through facings, setting in sleeves, to zips.  I thoroughly enjoyed the course and will be back for intermediate garment construction

    Lisa Langdon

    Sunita is a passionate teacher who is willing to go the extra mile to ensure you learn the correct way. She is an easily approachable teacher that you did not feel silly asking any sewing-related questions.  She comes highly recommended.

    Adeline Wong

    This is the second course I have gone through with Sunita and each time I pick up something new. Lots of golden nuggets are given freely.  Sunita is very knowledgable and able to answer all questions given to her and she takes her time to make sure we have understood the assignments. I can’t wait for the next course.  Highly recommended


    I recently completed my first beginners course in garment construction. It was so much fun and definitely learned a lot. When I first got there I had no idea what I was doing, but I learned a lot in such a small time, and at the end I could make my own garment which was such an achievement for me. I had such a great teacher, Sunita really takes time and patience to teach, even if she had to show you 10 times she did it with a smile. I am very grateful to be part of this, and will definitely continue my garment construction journey at NZ Academy of Fashion in 2023.

    Janine Meecham

    I have just completed the beginner garment construction course with Sunita. I had never used a sewing machine before and I have gained so many skills during the sessions. Sunita keeps class sizes small and gives so much attention to detail. We were taught multiple techniques to complete all aspects of dressmaking and shown handy tips and tricks along the way. The course requires commitment beyond the face to face sessions each week, but if you do your homework it is very manageable! I would recommend to anyone looking to gain skill and technique or anyone starting out with an interest in the industry.

    Susie Fraser

    I had an awesome experience with NZ Fashion Academy. The beginner garment construction course offered me techniques that has set me up for further developing my sewing skills. At the beginning I didn’t even know how a sewing machine worked! The tutor- Sunita, was so attentive to my learning and would guide me when I was struggling and give me encouragement to keep going. It is worth the money and time if you’re interested in fashion design. Thank you again! ❤️

    Shannon Rose

    An absolutely FANTASTIC evening course! My friend and I had the time of our lives laughing and joking with Sunita, making a gorgeous skirt. Sunita, the tutor, is knowledgeable, kind, friendly and patient. I learnt ever such a lot about sewing and I can’t wait to show off my new skirt and my new skills. 10/10 highly recommend.

    Charlotte Staley

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