Courses Offered

Prerequisite:  none

Learn how to operate a sewing machine, basic hand stitching and understanding pattern instructions.  Students will be practicing how to lay out a pattern, read instructions and problem solve with a hands-on approach to learning this new and lifelong skills.   Students will complete three projects: a pin cushion with buttons, a square pillow and PJ shorts.  Students will have the chance to reflect and interpret their own personalities through their pin cushion designs and material choices for the projects.  If time permits, there are opportunities to experiment and create small projects using free online patterns or ideas based on student’s interests. 

Pre-requisite:  Grade 9 or higher

This is a beginner level course and introduces you to the sewing machine and over-locker, a variety of sewing techniques, garment construction, alterations, textiles art (hand embroidery) as well as basic mending. You will learn how to read a pattern, do basic pattern alterations, and understand basic design principles. This hands-on course is perfect for testing your problem-solving skills and will provide you with the knowledge of basic garment construction. Four projects will be completed through the year: a phone holder, hooded sweatshirt, hand embroidered project (holiday stocking/other project) and shorts with pocket and draw string.  If time permits students will learn the basics of mending and repairing clothing.

Special note: Students must supply their own material and basic sewing supplies.

Pre-requisite: Level 1

This is an intermediate level textiles course designed to expand your sewing skills and knowledge needed to construct more difficult projects. You will be working with fabrics such as knits, stripes, plaid, and satin/chiffon/lace. You will learn how to match stripes and plaid, the art of fabric applique and making a garment with a zipper. Four projects will be completed through the course: knit shirt, applique pillow, striped bag, and a choice project that includes a zipper and the use of a more difficult fabric to handle.

Special note: Students must supply their own project materials, garment patterns, and basic sewing supplies.

Pre-requisite: Level 2

This advanced course focuses on more difficult techniques requiring precision and attention to detail. You will build on your sewing techniques by learning how to create a collar and cuff, sew knit fabric with the over lock machine,  try three types of quilting applications as well as more advanced constructions techniques. Pattern alteration will also be put into practice as every project will need to be adjusted for a perfect fit. Four projects will be completed through the year: collared shirt or jacket, a quilted project, leggings, and a project of your own choice.

Special note: Students must supply their own project materials, garment patterns, and basic sewing supplies.

Prerequisite: Grade 11 or 12

Are you interested in the workings of the fashion industry? You will learn about the history of fashion, create your own fashion brand using a mood board, fashion illustrations and garment samples (very basic hand or machine sewing/hot gluing) and how to market your brand.  Fashion sustainability will be looked at by studying what is happening with other companies around the world.  You will put into practice what you have learned by upcycling a garment and bringing new life to it in whichever form you choose.

This course is self-directed, and a very strong work ethic and high level of interest is required.


Pre-requisite: Grade 10,11, or 12

Do you love to make your own Halloween, Cosplay or LARP costumes? Do you like to re-purpose old clothing or want to work on movie or TV sets as a costume designer in the future?  This is the perfect course for you!  You will be designing, sewing, gluing, re-purposing, altering and thrifting items to align with what each character will be wearing and using for our school’s annual musical theater performance 

This is a rewarding hands-on class in which the costumes you create will be displayed and worn by the actors in the school’s performance.

Good work ethic and self-directedness is required.

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