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Freehand Cutting


Multipurpose

The freehand cutting method is used for those who wish to learn how to cut directly on fabric. Although, this method can also be draed on paper before being transferred to fabric, it is also simply a cutting method used widely in the fashion industry in Nigeria. TFA has created a more accurate version of the process and this technique is useful for interacting with the tailors and dressmakers in Nigeria.

Prerequisite

Good basic math skills, a strong interest in cutting traditional Nigerian/African Styles. (Note: this course is taught with the metric length measurement-inches)

Learning outcome:

  1. .Cutting various skirt styles (pencil, sh/mermaid, asymmetric.
  2. Kaftans
  3. Boubous and Kimonos.
  4. Iro and Buba.
Duration :2 months

₦120,000

Bridalwear


Multipurpose

Description Our bridal course at TFA is created for those interested in focusing on the techniques used to create bridalwear. If you are interested in taking your skills to an advanced level, and bridalwear or red carpet dresses are your main area of interest as a designer, fashion student or employee, then this course is for you. Do you want your dresses to look like those bought from high end designer brands Internationally? This course raises the quality and confidence of your work. With your creativity and keen eye for detail you will learn how to achieve outstanding work.


This course is an advanced course that requires Pattern making skills, strong sewing skills and professional sewing techniques. The use of an industrial straight sewing machine is also required. You will need to bring your design options with flat drawings on day 1.


Learning outcome:

  1. How to create a strapless bustier using boning, a hidden bra and proper interlining and support methods.
  2. To cut fishtails, circles and a variety of options for fullness in skirts.
  3. To use lace and appliqué for surface decoration.
  4. Ruching and pleating technique
  5. Making flowers and petals
  6. Closures
  7. Veil concepts
  8. Complete step by step process to assemble a full bridal outfit
  9. By the end of this course you will be confident in producing a beautifully well finished bridal dress with any intricate details of design on the outside and neatly finished on the inside.

Required tools will be available for use or purchase at TFA.

Fabric and appliqués and beading will be purchased by you based on your individual budget. Booking is confirmed when you have paid to the school account. If you are new to TFA please visit the school and also confirm your eligibility

Tutor Description:

Fakhriyya Ben-Umar started her Fashion journey after her first degree in Chemical Engineering (ABU Zaria). While pursuing her masters degree in Sustainability Engineering (Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland) she took several part-time courses in Bridal wear, Couture jackets, and Pattern magic. She started her brand Mimosa Designs in 2014, which specialises in bespoke womenswear (occasion wear) and ready to wear. She has been tutoring at The Fashion Academy since 2016.

Duration: 1 Month

₦180,000

A Taste of Vogue

Multipurpose

For those who want a feel of what lies in the technical world of garment making, this course allows you to test the waters of Fashion design and garment construction in a 2 week intensive but fun session! From Monday to Friday for 2 consecutive weeks, on this course you learn to sketch,cut and sew a dress!

You will be introduced to the world of fashion through garment making and understand the process required to achieve well made garments.


Things Needed

All tools and fabrics will be provided! All you need is to attend all sessions and be on time!

Learning outcome:

  1. Sketch using a template
  2. Sew using an electric sewing machine
  3. Make stitches used in basic garment making
  4. Sew a zip
  5. Take measurements for women
  6. Cut out a dress from a pattern
  7. Sew up a dress in a standard size

Tutor description

Susan Emmanuel Ikechukwu Bsc. Accounting from KOGI State University, runs a Childrenswear and costume business named Shyne Pop Culture. Tutoring beginners sewing and garment construction at TFA since 2012.

Duration: 2 weeks

₦40,000

Sewing and garment construction

Multipurpose

This bestseller beginners course is where most students start. It will take you through the very basic elements of design, sewing, machine use, basic pattern manipulation and garment construction for womenswear. From concept to creation, you will be taught how to design, make patterns for your designs, cut and sew up a capsule collection made up of 6 garments. This course offers the best start in the process of anyone’s journey into garment making. The focus is to build strong sewing skills and get a full understanding of the process. While it remains a beginners level program, many students have taken this course and built on it to do great things!


No prior experience is necessary.


Learning outcome:

  1. Sketching designs using templates
  2. Machine and Sewing techniques and proper finishing for various garments
  3. Womens full body measurements
  4. Introduction to basic pattern making and free hand cutting
  5. Construction of a 2 blouses (tops) , 2 skirts, 1 dress and a pair of trousers from concept to creation.
Duration: 2.5 Months

₦220,000

Draping on a stand

Multipurpose

Draping on a stand is a pattern making method where designs are created on the dress form and then transferred onto paper to make a pattern. This method allows you to see your designs in a 3 dimensional form as you create. It takes the math out of pattern making and allows you a more creative process. There are also styles that can only be created through draping.This course teaches you the principles behind the method and how to create patterns by the draping method.

Prerequisite

You will need the following skills to take this course:

  • Flat pattern making skills
  • Sewing skills
  • A creative mind

Learning outcome:

  1. How to make a basic block or sloper using a dressform
  2. How to make a strapless bodice using draping.
  3. How to create patterns from draping 3D ruching and pleating.
Duration: 1 Week

₦30,000

Pattern making/ Cutting

Multipurpose

The pattern making course is designed for those who want to learn professional flat patterns making/cutting.

In our African setting, we have used the freehand method to achieve bespoke clothing for awhile now. Flat pattern Making is a more internationally used method and allows you to understand the science and mathematics of it. We call it the architecture of fashion!

The creative who looks to explore how it all works and is not afraid of technical drawing and some mathematics will enjoy this process. For those coming from a freehand background, this course proves to answer a lot of questions you have had for years!


Prerequisite

Should have basic sewing skills, not afraid of calculations, has an eye for details, passionate and has a keen interest in this method of cutting.


Learning outcome:

  1. How to make customized sloper for their body size or their own standard block.
  2. How to convert blocks and slopers to patterns
  3. Dart manipulation and adaptation of various styles
  4. Various sleeve adaptations
  5. A project consisting of 3 finished outfits.
Duration: 1.5 Months

₦180,000

Professional Sewing Techniques (PST)

Multipurpose

This is a sewing course that focuses on intermediate level sewing techniques. Those who can sew but need to enhance their skills to a more professional level. Finishing techniques used in tailoring are the main focus, from full lining used in suiting to cuffs, pockets and various collars, cuffs, openings to types of zip finishing, this sewing course shows you the way to make your garments look clean and high end.

You must have basic sewing skills to take this course.

Learning outcome:

  1. How to use and manage troubleshooting on an industrial straight sewing machine.
  2. How to properly and professionally assemble a garment.
  3. Understand different types of interfacing and uses
  4. Learn how to affix various collars on a garment
  5. How to insert various types of classic pockets and zippers
  6. Placket openings and more
Duration: 2 Weeks

₦50,000

Refining dreams

Multipurpose

Refining Dreams is an intermediate level course for the fashion professional who seeks to upgrade their knowledge in areas of technical construction as well as the business practice & principles of fashion apparel. This curriculum extensively covers areas such as pattern-making, professional sewing techniques as well as the business of fashion, offering a robust and balanced package required to give you that push to take your business from passion to profit.


Prerequisite

Skills required before taking this course are basic sewing skills and terminology, garment construction and an understanding of taking womenswear measurements. You will also need to be running or plan to run a business.


Learning outcome:

  1. How to make customized sloper for their body size or their own standard block.
  2. How to create a customized sloper for or create your own standard basic block.
  3. How to convert blocks and slopers to patterns
  4. Dart manipulation and adaptation of various styles
  5. Various sleeve adaptations
  6. A project consisting of 3 finished outfits
  7. How to use and manage troubleshooting on an industrial straight sewing machine.
  8. How to properly and professionally assemble a garment.
  9. Understand different types of interfacing and use
  10. Learn how to affix various collars on a garment
  11. How to insert various types of classic pockets and zipper
  12. Placket openings and more
  13. Understanding Business Terms and Structure
  14. Having a clear view to corporate finance
  15. Operating with Globalisation in mind.
  16. Effective brand creation & communication for high commercial value.
Duration: 3 Months

₦220,000

Menswear

Multipurpose

This course offers an Introduction into the world of menswear garment making. It is an intermediate course and requires basic sewing skills and a keen eye for detail and perfect sewing. Students must know how to use the Industrial straight sewing machine and must have basic sewing skills and have a good understanding of basic mathematics.

Learning outcome:

Pattern drafting and sewing of:

  1. Shirts with sleeves, necklines and collars
  2. Trousers with fly front zip openings and pockets
  3. Kaftan
  4. Waistcoat
  5. Facings and Lining
  6. A project of 3 looks including A shirt, trousers, Kaftan and waistcoat
Duration: 1 Month

₦120,000

Fashion Design and Illustration

Multipurpose

The Fashion Design and Illustration course is ideal for Beginners as well as experienced students with a keen interest in developing their creative ideas through research, design, and development. On this course students will be taught how to use inspiration and drawing techniques to communicate their design ideas to potential clients. You will learn the process and techniques used to achieve original work. During this course, Fashion Design will be taught the first day of every week while focusing on Fashion Illustration through the rest of each week. Students will learn how to use different rendering techniques to create the impression of a design in a more artistic style like that which would appear in a Fashion magazine or editorial. (Note: this course does not include any sewing or cutting)



Learning outcome:

  1. How to use the colour palette for illustration.
  2. How to explore a range of mixed media and tools.
  3. How to draw the Fashion figure.
  4. Drawing from reference.
  5. How to draw fabrics, drapes, and patterns.
  6. How to draw fabric flow and movement.
  7. Developing and communicating a personal illustration style.
  8. To carry out and compile research to build designs and collections.
  9. Create mood boards for profiling and presentations.

Requirements::

  1. Drawing Pencils
  2. Sharpeners
  3. Erasers
  4. Colour pencils
  5. Markers
  6. Transparent Ruler
  7. A4 Sketchbook
  8. Black ball point pen
  9. Double sided tape
  10. Glue stick
  11. Paper scissors/Rotary cutter
  12. Printing budget

Tutor Profile:

Fashion Illustration:

Adewunmi Adeyemi Joy studied at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology. She has been Tutoring since 2017

Fashion Design:

Womenswear Fashion designer Shipinen Tseayo studied a Bsc in Computer science at The University of Abuja. She started her Fashion journey in 2010 by learning Fashion Design, sewing, and cutting skills. Shipinen has worked under various roles in TFA since 2013 while running her own business. She has worked as a garment production manager and is currently Lead Tutor and Partner at The Fashion Academy.

Duration: 1 Month

₦120,000

Womenswear Freehand Pattern Making

Multipurpose

The freehand cutting method is used for those who wish to learn how to cut directly on fabric. Although, this method can also be drafted on paper before being transferred to fabric, it is also simply a cutting method used widely in the fashion industry in Nigeria. TFA has created a more accurate version of the process and this technique is useful for interacting with the tailors and dressmakers in Nigeria. Those interested in taking this course require good basic math skills, a strong interest in cutting traditional Nigerian/African Styles. (Note: this course is taught with the metric length measurement-inches)


Learning outcome:

  1. Cutting various skirt styles (pencil, fish/mermaid, asymmetric)
  2. Kaftans
  3. Boubous and Kimonos
  4. Iro and Buba

Things Needed:

  1. Fabrics for various styles (mainly ankara)
  2. Lining
  3. Zips
  4. Rulers (long, short, hipcurve)
  5. Measuring tape
  6. Chalk
  7. Pins
  8. Scissors

Tutor Description:

Contemporary womenswear designer Elfrieda Abia with 4 years teaching experience

Duration: 1 Month

₦120,000

The Fashionpreneur Course (5 months)
Your ultimate resource for building a fashion empire through entrepreneurship.

Multipurpose

This course is a culmination of 4 modules in a single curriculum designed to equip you with the requisite skills, technical know-how and entrepreneurial knowledge necessary for starting, scaling, succeeding and sustainability of growth in the fashion industry & its global business ecosystem. It offers a combination of skills needed to start strong! For those who have no skills in the business of fashion, no cutting or sewing skills but need to have a good understanding to start an apparel making business or work in the industry, the Fashionpreneur course gives a great foundation that will curtail a lot of mistakes in building a fashion brand. Through these 5 months we will take you from learning to sew and fit garments excellently and then dig deep into the science of cutting. We will then take your sewing skills to a further professional level and teach you the business skills you need. After your time with us, you will be attached to a support system that will guide you through your journey.



Learning outcome:

SEWING AND GARMENT CONSTRUCTION, PATTERN MAKING, PROFESSIONAL SEWING TECHNIQUES AND FASHION BUSINESS

  1. Sketching designs using templates
  2. Machine and Sewing techniques and proper finishing for various garments
  3. Womens full body measurements
  4. Introduction to basic pattern making and free hand cutting
  5. Construction of a 2 blouses (tops) , 2 skirts, 1 dress and a pair of trousers from concept to creation.
  6. How to make customized sloper for their body size or their own standard block.
  7. How to convert blocks and slopers to patterns
  8. Dart manipulation and adaptation of various styles
  9. Various sleeve adaptations
  10. A project consisting of 3 finished outfits.
  11. How to use and manage troubleshooting on an industrial straight sewing machine.
  12. How to properly and professionally assemble a garment.
  13. Understand different types of interfacing and uses
  14. Learn how to affix various collars on a garment
  15. How to insert various types of classic pockets and zippers
  16. Placket openings and more
  17. Understanding Business Terms and Structure
  18. Having a clear view to corporate finance
  19. Operating with Globalisation in mind.
  20. Effective brand creation & communication for high commercial value.

After this course you will be ready to work or start a business in womenswear garment making. While being equipped with the know how to instruct staff or do it yourself, you will also understand the what, the why and how of setting up business. This course will provide skills and solutions and also a great support network.

Lastly, this Course we teach you how to brand and market your products in the industry.

Tutor Profile:

Fashion Illustration:

Adewunmi Adeyemi Joy studied at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology. She has been Tutoring since 2017

Fashion Design:

Womenswear Fashion designer Shipinen Tseayo studied a Bsc in Computer science at The University of Abuja. She started her Fashion journey in 2010 by learning Fashion Design, sewing, and cutting skills. Shipinen has worked under various roles in TFA since 2013 while running her own business. She has worked as a garment production manager and is currently Lead Tutor and Partner at The Fashion Academy.

Duration: 5 Months

₦390,000

Fashion Business Course

Multipurpose

This course focuses on breeding students on the fundamentals and necessary tools of running their fashion business effectively in not just a local setting but also setting foundations that will lead them to become major players in the Fashion World Trade. Noticing how few Nigerian brands haven’t really gotten global recognition, this course is tailored to address the impediments faced by present fashion brands and gives practical steps on how to overcome them.


Learning outcome:

  1. Understanding Business Terms and Structure
  2. Having a clear view to corporate finance
  3. Operating with Globalisation in mind.
  4. Effective brand creation & communication for high commercial value.
  5. How to market your Fashion Business effectively traditionally & digitally
  6. Product Line, Channel & Distribution Management
  7. How to brand your Business for the global front

Prerequisite

  • Fluent in speaking and understanding English
  • Basic knowledge of what the fashion industry entails

Tutor Description:

UKWA NKEM ROBERT

OLUTONI PHILLIP-AINA

This course will last only 2 weeks. You will be asked to prepare presentations and be given daily tasks to execute during the time of the course. Groups will be created for specific case studies that will be given to them. The workload are itemized as follows:
Lecture
Presentations
Projects
Case Studies
Assignments
Discussions

Getting the most of this course will require your:

  • Full attention to what the Instructors are saying
  • Come with notebooks and take notes.
  • Asking a lot of questions for more clarity
  • Participating heartily in class activities and projects.
  • Avoid distractions; this will take only 2 weeks, ensure you get good value for your money by minimising outside communication.
Duration: 3 Weeks

₦50,000