This course is designed to further skills and meet the needs of experienced students who have completed Fashion I and II, with a grade of “B” or higher. Students will learn pattern making and construct a garment with emphasis on advanced sewing skills. Students will participate in a student produced fashion show. Students will be responsible for fabric, notions and pattern expenses.
*Teacher recommendation is required.
Creating basic patterns begins with a 2-dimensional piece of paper for drafting or muslin for draping.
Flat-patternmaking begins with the draft of the basic dress foundation.
The basic dress is the foundation upon which patternmaking, fit, and designs are based.
The basic dress is made up of five distinct parts: a front and back bodice, a front and back skirt that hangs from the hip, and slim, full-length sleeves.
Patterns confine the dimensions of the figure by a series of straight lines, curved lines and wedge-shaped darts.
Darts convert a 2-dimensional pattern into a 3-dimensional garment.
Darts can be converted into gathers or pleats.
The three major patternmaking principles: Dart Manipulation, Added Fullness and Contouring are used to create different designs from the basic pattern.
What is the standard ideal figure?
What is flat-patternmaking?
What tools are required to make a pattern?
What does a basic pattern set include?
What is a sloper?
What is a dart?
What are the two methods for manipulating a dart?
What is contouring?
How is fullness added to a pattern?
What is a balanced design?
What is a working pattern?
How do I create a new design from a working pattern?
Course Academic Vocabulary:
Pattern Drafting: Tools: Balance:
Flat-patternmaking French curve Plumb line
Dart manipulation Tailor's curve ruler Perpendicular line
Slash and spread Tailor's square Vertical line
Pivotal transfer Awl Horizontal line
Added fullness Tracing wheel Right angle
Contouring Notcher Asymmetrical line
Lengthwise grain Hip curve ruler Symmetrical line
Crosswise grain French curve ruler Balancing a pattern
Bias Pattern paper Hang
Alignment Equalizing Trueing
Blending Basic dress foundation Model Form:
Sloper Standardization Basic pattern set
Standard ideal figure Working pattern Perfect ratio measurements
First pattern Form Production pattern
Marker maker Right side up Detail location
Style lines Dart intake Dart legs
Bust point Bodice Muslin
Course Units / Topics of Study:
I. The Workroom
II. Model Form and Measurements
Standard Ideal Figure
Measuring the Form/Self
My Personal Measurements
III. Pattern Drafting
a. Slash and spread
b. Pivotal transfer
Produce basic pattern set
Design original garment
Produce pattern for original garment
Documentation of process