My sister took a dress-making/sewing class in Silicon Valley last
year. The class that she took was at the Santa Clara Adult Education
Center on Benton Street.
Here is a course description:
Construct a simple garment in this beginners class. Learn to read a
pattern, select, cut and care for fabric; understand the sewing guide,
learn the basics of our machines, or your own if you bring it. Field
trip to fabric store will be scheduled. New students must attend first
class. $3 lab fee due at pre-reg. Pre-registration required.
Laverty Th 6:30pm-9:00pm EO/7 04-03 5 $50 OPEN"
Source: Santa Clara Adult Education Center
A similar course is offered in Milpitas:
"Basic Sewing For Beginning and Intermediate Students
You can save money and create professional looking garments as you
learn how to lay out a pattern, sew, and alter. Bring your pattern and
materials to the first class. Sewing machines are provided."
Source: Milipita Adult Education
West Valley College in Saratoga offers a number of fashion courses.
They offer fasion design, patternmaking, etc. These courses may be
taken on a noncredit basis. Course are offered at both day and
evening times. Some of the courses that are offered during the day
during the Spring semester seem to be offered in evening in the Fall,
and vice versa.
See West Valley's current and past course schedules for an idea of the
courses that they offer:
West Valley College catalog: Fashion Design Spring 2003
West Valley College catalog: Fashion Design Fall 2002
asked my sister
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I hope this helps.