Do I need previous experience to take a course?
Beginners: You should have a strong interest in fashion. No previous experience required
Intermediate: You should have completed BEGINNER level course or have some previous experience in the subject
Advanced: The courses are designed for learners who have progressed through all previous levels

PLEASE NOTE: All of our courses are delivered online!
Due to the nature of our products: video and digital we don’t provide refunds once you have purchased/subscribed.
In order to access our products/courses, you would need to agree to our terms before you purchase.

What are the technical requirements?
● Internet connection
● Windows 10, Vista or XP; Mac OS 10.4 or higher
● Firefox 7.0, Safari 4.0, Chrome (browser must be Java and JavaScript enabled), Adobe Flash Player 9, 115 installed
● Students must have a working email address that they regularly check
● Speakers and Microphone/USB headset integrated
● A printer is required to print out the course materials to study offline

Free Software
Adobe Reader – (for the pdf digital block patterns, skill workbooks etc)

What is e-learning?
E-learning is the delivery of learning and training by electronic means.

What is an e-Course?
E-course is an online class/instructions delivered over time delivered virtually and can be ‘Instructor-led.

Will I need a sewing machine, tools, and equipment?
It is assumed that you have your own domestic or industrial sewing machine.
You will also need a few specialist tools and equipment to progress with the courses.

What level of expertise do your lecturers have?
Learners receive training from fashion industry professionals who combine teaching on fashion courses.

What does ‘instructor-led’ mean?
‘Instructor-led’ means there is an instructor in the course who is available to answer any questions or concerns.

How long do I have to complete the online fashion course/membership?
Each online course/membership has a suggested completion time, i.e. 9 months where you study at your own pace.

Is this cost per online course/membership/workshop?
Yes. Each course/membership/workshop is priced individually.

Is there a lecturer available to answer questions?
Yes. Lecturers are available to answer questions inside your member’s area.

What does ‘self-paced’ mean?
‘Self-paced’ means you go at your own pace.

How many hours will it take to complete?
Everybody works at a different pace; the online courses vary in the time it takes for individuals to complete each course.

When does the online course start and end?
Your online course starts when you are ready and is accessible once you have registered.

Can I email the lecturer my questions?
Yes, you can contact your lecturer by logging into your account.

Are there any additional costs?
Yes, specialist equipment, these are an investment, they can last you a very long time (see fashion design tools)

Is the site secure? In addition, is my information safe?
Yes, all financial information is securely encrypted during transmission and securely stored.
All transmissions of sensitive information are encrypted using HTTPS and an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).

Cancel and Refund Policy
1st Class Patterns does not provide refunds for purchased content: Membership subscription, online courses, workshops or digital block patterns regardless of any claimed circumstances. You cannot cancel the video course or digital products once you purchase it or earlier than the term to which you originally committed. The single-user membership subscription lasts the duration stated on the sign-up page i.e. 30 days. Membership is auto-renewed until you cancel your membership. You will not receive any partial credit if you cancel any 1st Class Patterns membership before its term ends.