Capsule wardrobe: sewing & fashion design course for beginners



What is a capsule wardrobe? In this online sewing course, you will learn how to design and sew your own t-shirts, dresses, jumpers, hoodies, and relaxed trousers (anything you see in the pictures here).

This bundle course is a perfect introduction to fashion design. You will learn how to make simple patterns based on your own personal measurements, which means that EVERYBODY will make garments for their size! Once purchased, the course is available for life - we don't put any time restrictions, as we understand that everyone is learning at their own pace. All the high-quality, pre-recorded videos can be watched as many times as needed from the comfort of your own home!

FREE bonus: Sewing machine crash course (worth £20) and downloadable PDF workbook included!

The aim of the course is to give you an understanding of how patterns are made, how they can be adjusted, played around with, and to build up your confidence. Sewing and design is fun and I will show you how to make garments step by step, but it is on you to get creative and experiment!

READYMADE PATTERNS ARE NOT INCLUDED: the goal of the course is to teach you the basic principles of making your own patterns! Once you learn this, you'll realise that you don't need ready-made patterns.
It really is a 'lightbulb' moment!

If you have any questions or concerns, please send me a message first. There are no refunds after you have taken the course.

If you'd like to purchase a single module only (£45), please check our "Learn to sew" short courses.

What's included in the price?

65 online pre-recorded video lessons - watch it at any time.

The contents of the Capsule wardrobe course:

Welcome to the course
Measurements (tops)
Measurements (trousers)

• Learn to draft your first simple top pattern
• Learn to alter this pattern and create new designs
• Learn three ways to finish with the neckline
• Learn to work with stretchy fabrics
• Learn to work with cotton
• Learn to make a T-shirt from jersey fabric
• Learn to make a cotton top

• Learn about the best fabrics to make a jumper
• Learn to design a pattern with sleeves
• Learn to design and make turtle-necks
• Learn to make a jumper step by step
• Learn to make jumpers for any size: design comfy clothes for yourself and your family

• Learn to draft a simple dress pattern
• Learn to design different neckline shapes
• Learn to make ruffles & ruffle-like elements
• Learn to design different types of simple dresses
• Learn to make a T-shirt dress
• Learn to make a dress from two different colours
• Learn to work with limited fabric supply

• Learn to draft the best hood pattern
• Learn to make the comfiest hood
• Learn about fabrics used for hoodies
• Learn to make a double-sided hood
• Learn to make lace for a hood
• Learn to make cuffs
• Learn to make puffy sleeves
• Learn to make a hoodie
• Learn to make a hoodie dress

• Learn how trousers are made
• Learn to draft a basic trousers pattern based on your measurements
• Learn to make deep pockets for your trousers
• Learn to work with linen
• Learn to make an elasticated belt with ties
• Learn to make folded hems
• Learn to make wide trousers
• Learn to make shorts

2 booklets - one for web, one for print. All the information from the courses summed up in beautiful graphics. If you need to come back to something, you don't need to scroll the videos - just flip a page :)

What you will need

Sewing machine, fabrics of your choice, iron, measuring tape, tracing paper or a4 paper & tape, pencil, tailor's chalk or marker, pins & needles.


Elizaveta Bennett at Studio Arkdefo

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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


7 hours

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Megan - - #36565

Absolutely amazing - do it!
My experience taking Arkdefo's "Build Your Capsule Wardrobe" class has been amazing. I am a beginner sewer and the concepts taught in this class really help you understand how clothing is made and how you to apply those concepts to your own body. My friends and family have been really impressed with what I've made in a small amount of time. I've seven surprised myself! Additionally, you get direct access to the owner/teacher who responds so quickly to questions. Would absolutely recommend!

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Angela - - #36510

I made my first T-shirt and it fits! The instructions are so easy to follow, I can't wait to start making jumpers and trousers. Clothes shopping has always been such massive stress for me, I’m finding excitement and joy in clothing that this 50 year old has never felt before. No more saving the pretty clothes for a special occasion, each day is a special occasion from now on if nicely fitted clothes can make me feel the way I did today. Thank you so much 😊

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Innes - - #31564

The course teaches mainly how to draft your own patterns instead of buying shop bought patterns, just working with what you have around at home. I absolutely love the concept! I’ve never drafted my own patterns really before, I did one course when I was a teenager but apart from that I’ve never done that. And it’s really really easy! I really loved the course, completely took the fear out of pattern drafting for me!

Response from Studio Arkdefo:

Thank you so much for this! This is exactly what we are working so hard on - to demystify the patternmaking! So happy you enjoyed the course!

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