How to Sew Clothes... Explained!
from $69.00 USD

Do you want to learn how to sew clothes for yourself? Are you looking for a deeply fulfilling creative outlet? Are you sick of the disposable fast fashion industry and want to make your wardrobe more sustainable?

Welcome to the class designed to to teach you everything you need to know to start sewing the wardrobe of your dreams! Spoiler alert: it's not as hard as you think, and the skills and techniques you'll learn in this online workshop will completely transform your closet AND inspire and engage your creativity as you discover the joy of sewing your own clothes from scratch.

Learn How to Sew Clothing is a comprehensive online class that guides you through the entire sewing process and teaches you how to sew clothes from first stitch to finished garment. The first section of the class will walk you through all the key information you need to know to get started. In the second section, we will show you how to construct all three of the garment patterns included with enrollment. You'll develop the skills necessary to sew a modern boxy tee or shift dress, a classic flared skirt, and chic pants or shorts, opening the door to your wildest fashion and sewing dreams. Heather Lou, founder of Closet Core Patterns, teaches each lesson in simple language everyone can understand, so whether you've never sewn a stitch or are simply looking to brush up on your skills, you will feel completely confident sewing and creating a totally unique wardrobe that fills you with pride.

Work at your own pace – anytime, anywhere, on any device – and learn everything you need to know to sew clothing, from the very basics to more advanced techniques.

In this sewing class, you'll learn:

  • How to thread and operate a basic home sewing machine.
  • How to sew even, straight stitches and troubleshoot problems.
  • Professional seam finishes, including gorgeous French and bias bound seams.
  • How to choose the right fabrics for your sewing projects.
  • How to set-up and stock your sewing space, including the best tools to get the job done.
  • How to decipher and easily work with sewing patterns (including how to assemble digital patterns).
  • How to take your measurements, choose a size and do basic pattern modifications to get the best fit.
  • How to prepare fabric and cut out your pattern with confidence.
  • Basic hand-sewing skills for a flawless finish.
  • The key skills to construct the three patterns included with the class, including zippers, pockets, facings, waistbands, hems, darts, sleeves, buttons and buttonholes, among many more!
  • By the end, you will be able to sew clothes of all kinds!
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About the patterns included with this sewing class:

The skills you'll learn in this class will help you sew just about any garment, but we wanted to include three simple-to-make patterns to help get you started. Our Rome Pattern Collection (sizes 0-32)  is designed with beginners in mind, and can be mixed and matched endlessly to create a chic, modern capsule wardrobe.

Our Fiore Skirt is a classic A-line skirt with a twist; choose between a simple flared skirt, asymmetrical wrap skirt or a button front option. Our Cielo Top & Dress has a modern, boxy shape with multiple lengths and sleeve options. Finally, our Pietra Pants & Shorts are the comfy but sophisticated stuff of dreams, with a sleek, panelled flat front and elastic in the back for the ultimate in comfort. Whether you make one pattern or all three, by the end of this class you will have the skills to tackle all future sewing projects with confidence. Choose between digital PDF files (sizes 0-32) or print patterns shipped to your home (sizes 0-20).  New to using PDF patterns? We have a lesson for that!

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Included with enrollment:

  • The Fiore Skirt, Pietra Pants & Shorts and Cielo Top & Dress in print or PDF. Our PDF instructions include annotated instruction booklets to help you follow along while watching the class.
  • A downloadable guide that accompanies the video content, which includes helpful resources like an anatomy of your sewing machine, sewing machine needle chart, and fabric and terminology cheat sheets.
  • A detailed supply guide to help you source fabric and supplies to help  you sew clothes.
  • Resource lists to additional helpful books and online tutorials.
  • Watch anywhere video lessons with optional Closed Captioning.
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Sewing Class Curriculum

SECTION ONE: How to Sew Clothes - Sewing Basics

  • Lesson One: Understanding Your Sewing Machine (40:06) 
  • Lesson Two: Your Sewing Space & Tool Kit (49:52) 
  • Lesson Three: How to Sew (38:29) 
  • Lesson Four: Basic Stitches, Techniques & Seam finishes (53:46) 
  • Lesson Five: Understanding Fabric & Interfacing (30:05) 
  • Lesson Six: Understanding Sewing Patterns (22:52)
  • Lesson Seven: Choosing a Size & Basic Fitting (29:59) 
  • Lesson Eight: How to Cut Fabric (37:38) 
  • Lesson Nine: Handsewing (12:49)

SECTION TWO: Sewing the Patterns Included in Class

  • Sewing the Fiore Skirt (105:25) 
  • Sewing the Cielo Top & Dress (94:38) 
  • Sewing the Pietra Pants & Shorts (46:58)

Class Benefits

  • Self-paced lessons mean you decide when the class begins and ends, and how many times you watch it over and over again
  • Helpful tips, techniques, and methods for making your own clothes from an industry expert
  • Acquire sewing skills that are transferrable and can be built upon in future sewing projects
  • Get additional help! You can always count on a response from Heather when you leave a comment or question in the lesson
  • All videos include closed captions

Meet Your Instructor 

Heather Lou is the force behind Closet Core Patterns and Core Fabrics. As a pattern designer and sewing educator, she has been writing and teaching about sewing for over a decade, and has taught thousands of people to sew, both online and in sold-out sewing workshops across North America & Europe. Her work has been featured in Threads, Sew News, Seamwork, Love Sewing and Sewing World magazine. 

With her contagiously positive attitude, Heather’s teaching style is fun, approachable, and filled with helpful tips and techniques to help you transform the outfits in your imagination into a self-made wardrobe you love — not one you’re limited to buying off the rack.

Heather Lou of Closet Core Patterns
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Sewing isn't just a tremendously fulfilling hobby - it's a gateway to loving body acceptance, creative superpowers you never knew existed, and a soothing, mindful practice that helps you escape the ceaseless parade of fast fashion.

Learning to sew will — seriously — change your life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the class that will easily teach you to make your own clothes! To get sewing, click on the button at the top or bottom of this page, choose your pattern format, and you'll be automatically enrolled in your course after checkout. The link to login to the course will be sent to you via email. Please check your spam folder if you don't receive it after finalizing your purchase.
The beauty of Closet Core Patterns’ online classes is that you call the shots on when they begin and end. Learn to Sew Clothing is a completely self-paced, online course, which means you get to decide when you start, when you finish, and how many times you replay it. 
Before you get started, we’ll share a complete supply list, along with information about where and how to source everything on said list. At the very least, you’ll need a sewing machine, iron, scissors, pins, marking tool and fabric.
It’s up to you! To give you an idea of how long the entire class is start to finish, the first section of "beginner basics" runs just over 5 hours long and comprises 9 lessons total. The second section, which focuses on specific techniques for each pattern, has a runtime of 3.5 hours. Binge watch them in a weekend, or do a little at a time. You can return to the class as many times as you’d like, and there’s no time limit for you to complete in.
Please choose between PDF format (in sizes 0-30, which you can print at home or at a copy shop) or print patterns we'll ship directly to you (currently only available in sizes 0-20). If you select the PDF format, you'll be able to download your patterns immediately after checkout, or by using the download link sent to you via email. Print patterns will be shipped in 5-10 days.
This class covers everything you need to know to sew your clothes, so feel free to use any pattern you like when following along! The second section focuses on techniques specific to the the three included patterns, but these tutorials can be applied to other patterns as well.
All day, ‘erryday. But for real, this class includes lifetime access. After you enroll, the class is yours, which means you’ve got unlimited access for as long as you like, across all devices for all of eternity.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 101 reviews
Nicola Hood
Turns out I can sew!

I never thought I would be able to sew. My sister suggested this course to me and WOW! The course layout and structure is so clear and easy to follow. I have found my new obsession and now have a sewing dream list that gets longer by the minute! The available help is quick and useful - you actually get a person answering, not a robot. Can’t wait to start my next course!

I loved this course!

I had never properly made a garment before and have always wanted to! Since I purchased this course 4 months ago, I have made 7 pieces of clothing. The instruction in this course is SO EASY TO FOLLOW and really connected the dots for me! I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to start sewing clothes and wanting to feel confident about the process. Heather made it seem so easy, the videos and the manuals fill in any gaps. I am now so much more comfortable with my sewing machine, basic sewing methods and reading patterns. Best money spent on something for myself in AGES!

Marietta Dawson-Trimble
Fun with new patterns

My sewing experience began over 60 years ago,as a 5 year old. Now, with major covid restrictions in place, and separated from family in the U>S., your course presented new challenges : piecing a pattern together after printing it out, and deciphering the multi-size pattern. We didn't have the option,here in South Africa, of using other software to remove unwanted sizes, so I just went for it. Overall, my results were good. I had to figure out butt sizing,as I am challenged in that region, but ,overall it was rewarding and my items fit ! I did do sample/muslins for the pants and have yet to make my final pair. My plan is to order the printed copies next time ! Thanks so much. The designs are good and the class well organized ! There were no videos when I first learned to sew. Peace.

Selma Hippenstiel
Excellent sewing class

I have sewn for years, but really learned on my own. I am 67 years old and took the sewing class. I learned so much I didn’t know. I loved it. The patterns are great and teacher excellent. I enjoyed it immensely.

alanna mcintyre
Learn How To Sew Clothing

This online course is a must for beginner and amateur sewists who want to polish their skills. I am essentially a beginner, though I had sewn a few garments before (with lots of "help" from YouTube. I wasted a lot of time watching poorly filmed videos). No need to do that anymore as this course covers all the basics and then some. It's been an incredible resource and I know I will go back to the videos to reference techniques until they become second nature. The course offers great value; in addition to the education and instruction, you get three pdf patterns to make beautiful wearable garments and the tutorials to assist you in sewing them. If you're on the fence, get off it and take this class now!

Kate Armstrong

I was only a few months into my sewing journey when I enrolled in this class, and I couldn't be happier. It taught me SO much, turning what could have been a frustrating introduction into sewing into a fun, engaging, and incredibly informative guide. The videos are clear and so well made; the patterns are stylish and a joy to sew. The project-specific videos took all the confusion out of the process. I still can't quite believe that I walked away with shorts and pants that actually FIT me, as well as a dress and several lovely tops that I get compliments on every time I wear them! It really boosted my confidence and my sewing game. The videos on fabric, seam finishes, and technique are ones I've returned to again and again for other projects. This really is the gift that keeps on giving.