The clothing construction industry employs a wide range of skill sets that are unique to the industry. Find your niche as a fashion designer, a sewing machine operator, or in a number of other exciting professions.
Examples of jobs you may be qualified for after completion of this program:
- Alterations Expert $15,000-40,000
- Sewing Educator $15,000-80,000
- Seamstress (Casino) $22,000-34,000
- Sewing Machine Operator $17,576-22,090
- Wholesale or Retail Tailor $15,000-35,000
- Dressmaker or Custom Sewer $20,030-35,672
- Retail Sales Consultant $27,086-32,407
Salary information is based on hourly, monthly, or annual estimates from the State of California Employment Development Department.
216 hours. Complete in 24 to 36 weeks.
Zippers, buttons and hemlines change over the years, but the fashion industry never goes out of style. If you like the idea of making clothes, you might be a good match for this program. You will learn:
- Basic to advanced apparel construction skills
- Fabric identification and selection, and pattern selection
- Variety of measurement and fitting methods
- Selection, care, and use of various types of sewing machines
- Commercial, custom, and timesaving technologies and techniques
- Professional standards of workmanship
- Traditional and contemporary tailoring methods
The program is a sequence of three classes (Sewing Fundamentals; Sewing Like a Professional and, Contemporary Tailoring) that will prepare students for jobs in the fashion industry. Advanced skills will help you become marketable as a seamstress, an alterations expert, or as a tailor in the wholesale or retail clothing markets.
Employment opportunities also exist within the theatre and entertainment industry. Skills learned are valuable for people who want to start their own business in custom or niche market sewing operations—including teaching.