Pursue a Career in Dressmaking & Design​

Wondering how to be a fashion designer? Take the first step toward a career in dressmaking & design with Penn Foster Career School. Our affordable, online program can help you to pursue your passion without the time commitment of earning a fashion degree. With our program, you can learn to sew and build skills to turn your fashion ideas into beautiful and polished pieces designed for the runway.

Why become a Dressmaking Designer?

Turn your hobby or interest into a career: Start your journey toward working at formal wear shops, department stores, theatres and playhouses, bridal and prom boutiques, resorts, hotels, and cruise ships... or opening your own business! With a wide variety of occupations to choose from in the industry, you could find yourself making an average salary of $31,520 a year doing what you love.¹ Students in our fashion classes are also eligible to receive discounts on sewing machines, sewing notions, and other related supplies through Sewing Machines Plus.com
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Why Choose Penn Foster Career School?
Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
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A Committed Support System
While you can study at home, you're not alone! Our dedicated Student Services Department, Student Community, and instructors are just a call or email away.
Curriculum for Success
Curriculum for Success
Get the skills and knowledge to help you prepare for a career in Dressmaking & Design.
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
Proven Reputation
With 58,000 + graduates in 2019 from our accredited high school, career school, and college, you're in good hands!
Connect with other students
Connect in real-time with other Dressmaking & Design students in the Penn Foster Community.
Student Experience

A Customized Learning Experience

With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, and informative videos to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.
Dressmaking & Design Course Details
We're not just any sewing school. Online courses in this Career Diploma program cover basic and advanced topics of dressmaking and design beyond how to sew, and your final project involves sewing your own garment. You will receive learning aids, hands-on practical exercises which you can use to build your professional portfolio, and access to an extensive online video library to help you master the techniques in your sewing lessons.
Penn Foster Curriculum

Important State Requirements: Be sure to check here for the requirements in your state.

Dressmaking & Design Tuition
With flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started on your Dressmaking & Design training online today.
Take the leap and don't look back! I run a small business from home as a seamstress doing alterations and custom made outfits, as well as designing a few pieces every once in a while. [Penn Foster helps my career] by giving me the confidence in knowing all the correct terms and techniques when it comes to sewing. I started my own business from home as a seamstress about two years ago. Scariest thing I have ever done but wouldn't change anything about it.
Kristi J.
Penn Foster Dressmaking & Design Graduate
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Get started today on your path towards helping others as a Dressmaker & Designer with Penn Foster Career School’s accredited, online program.

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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014, 51-6052 Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers, on the Internet here. Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.

² These offers do not include software and furniture. Notions are items like thread, needles, scissors, presser feet, pins, and pincushions.