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Certificate in Tailoring and Dressmaking

Certificate in Tailoring and Dressmaking Course in Kenya

The Certificate in Tailoring and Dressmaking program is designed to equip students with the essential skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in tailoring, dressmaking, and garment construction.

The Certificate in Tailoring and Dressmaking program is an immersive journey into the world of garment construction, pattern drafting, and sewing. With a perfect blend of hands-on training and theoretical knowledge, students will delve into the intricacies of garment design and learn how to bring their creative visions to life.

Course Outline

Module I: Fundamentals of Tailoring

  • Introduction to Sewing Tools and Equipment
  • Basic Sewing Techniques: Hand Stitching and Machine Stitching
  • Fabric Selection and Handling
  • Understanding Patterns and Measurements
  • Basic Garment Construction: Seams, Hems, and Finishes
  • Introduction to Tailoring Terminology
  • Safety and Maintenance in Tailoring

Module II: Intermediate Tailoring Techniques

  • Intermediate Sewing Techniques: Zippers, Buttons, and Buttonholes
  • Advanced Garment Construction Techniques
  • Understanding Body Measurements and Sizing
  • Pattern Alterations and Adjustments
  • Introduction to Apparel Design Principles
  • Introduction to Draping Techniques
  • Tailoring Techniques for Collars, Cuffs, and Sleeves

Module III: Dressmaking Essentials

  • Introduction to Dressmaking Tools and Equipment
  • Basic Dressmaking Techniques: Darts, Pleats, and Gathers
  • Understanding Dress Styles and Silhouettes
  • Introduction to Commercial Patterns and Pattern Adaptations
  • Dress Fitting and Alterations
  • Fabric Manipulation Techniques for Dressmaking
  • Dress Embellishment and Decoration Techniques

Module IV: Professional Development

  • Introduction to Fashion Industry and Trends
  • Basics of Fashion Illustration and Sketching
  • Introduction to Textile Science and Fabric Technology
  • Customer Service in Dressmaking and Tailoring
  • Entrepreneurship in Fashion: Starting Your Own Tailoring Business
  • Marketing and Promoting Your Tailoring Services


  • Course duration: 9 months
  • Exam body: KNEC
  • Entry Grade: Open to all

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Certificate in Tailoring and Dressmaking program can pursue various career opportunities in the fashion and garment industry, including:

  • Tailor
  • Dressmaker
  • Alterations Specialist
  • Fashion Designer Assistant
  • Tailoring Assistant
  • Dressmaking Technician
  • Garment Production Assistant

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If you’re ready to embark on a rewarding journey into the world of tailoring and dressmaking, our Certificate in Tailoring and Dressmaking program is the perfect place to start. Join us and unleash your creativity as you master the art of garment construction and sewing.

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