The straightforward answer to this question is that online classes are meant for those who want to add to what they already know.
Not for people who have no basic training, knowledge, or skills.
I remember that year when I started gaining interest in women’s wear.
And because I’ve always been a self-directed learner, I thought if I could lay my hands on the right material, download online video tutorials, I will get to know everything I need to know.
But I was wrong.
1. I will have to download about ten video tutorials before I could see one video that is closer to my satisfaction. That means I will have to go through or download about100 videos in order to see 10 videos that would make sense.
2. And there were too many approaches to their teachings in which I don’t know the perfect one to adopt. There was no one to lead me.
3. Though, some of the books I downloaded were self explanatory, I still needed someone to guide me through those books. And that was because I had no basic knowledge.
So I concluded that if I really want to know this thing, I will have to go outside and look around for a better place to learn.
Fast-forward to last year December.
At that time I’ve learned pattern drafting for women’s wear and some other tailoring skills
So I enrolled for online course to see how online classes look like, and to see if I could add to what I already know.
But I wasn’t really serious with the class. And I only check-in once or twice a week to pick the useful things. I was only able to do that because I already had more than the basic knowledge.
And whenever I pick any book on pattern drafting, I immediately always get the scope of what the book is teaching, without any guidance.
Fashion designing or tailoring is practical. You don’t get better at it by just reading books or watching video tutorials, you only get better through consistent practice.
And that practice can only be effective if you’re having a physical interaction with a teacher who will tell you whenever you’re doing things wrong.
Your basics knowledge is very important and must be acquired through physical interaction. And when the basic skills are acquired, then you can start adding to your skills by taking online classes.
Having said all this, I’m sure there are people out there who learned A to Z of fashion designing or tailoring through online classes.