Learn to Sew or start a career in fashion

At CAFA (Couture Arts Fashion Academy), we teach sewing, pattern making and fashion design to all skill levels. From absolute beginners, to skilled home sewers wanting to tackle advanced projects, aspiring designers who want professional credentials to embark on a career in fashion or start their own label and HSC students who want to to learn specialised skills or are seeking a mentor.

Upcoming Classes
Dressmaking: 5 week course: 21 November -19 December, 2019 – last spots available.
NEW! Fabric Workshop: November 30 & December 1, 2019


Sewing & Dressmaking

We teach sewing and dressmaking at all skill levels and have twelve specialist classes including beginners dressmaking, tailoring and couture sewing.

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Pattern Making

Creating your own garments and bringing your designs to life requires specialised pattern making skills and techniques, including draping.

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Fashion & Design

We offer a comprehensive program for home sewers and fashion professionals and can tailor a professional program to meet your needs and fit your life.

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HSC Textiles & Design

Our students regularly feature on the HSC distinguished achievers list (including first in State in 2016). Check out our workshops and mentoring program.

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Considering a Career in Fashion?

Find the course that's a perfect fit for you

Download our information pack for detailed information on all the courses that we offer, including full- time and part-time study options and tuition fees  


Couture Arts Fashion Academy (CAFA)

At CAFA (formerly in2Mode Fashion College & Sewing School), our philosophy starts with the classical techniques used in French couture houses, combined with cutting-edge, luxury readytowear design and construction methodsThis blend of the old and the new equips our students with excellent design skills and specialist sewing techniques.

We Welcome All Skill Levels

Our goal is to inspire our students and equip them with the attitude, expertise and experience to stay true to their vision. We provide a solid grounding for our students undertaking the professional program to be successful in the fashion industry and we also offer a comprehensive range of sewing and fashion classes for home sewers. Everyone is welcome and all skill levels are catered to.

Flexible Class Times 

We recognise the pace of life today and offer a flexible timetable which allows you to study at a time that suits you. We run daytime and evening classes during the week, as well daytime classes on Saturdays. As one of the top fashion colleges in Sydney, we're committed to providing you with a flexible and exciting learning experience.

Hands-On Experience

All of our students receive oneonone support from teachers who love what they do. Our experienced staff enable students to create stunning pieces or work that will give them an edge. We curate a learning experience to equip  students for an exciting and fulfilling career in the fashion industry.

The Business of Fashion

Our founder, Gaylene McCaw, started her career with a double degree in accounting and law, so she's uniquely placed to ensure that CAFA students complete their fashion studies with the business savvy to succeed. Too many talented designers underestimate the importance of business know-how in what is one of the most competitive industries.