Couture Pattern Making Evening Wear

In this comprehensive and specialized course, you will focus on the intricacies and techniques utilized in evening wear and bridal. Students will learn how to draft, construct and manipulate fabrics utilizing a variety of specialty fabrics and finishes, including beading, lace work, and tailoring, as well as learn how to drape in jersey and silk. At the completion of this module, you will draft and assemble two couture evening wear designs that reflect your personal design point of view and brand. This advanced course has entry requirements of a one-year Pattern Making course or equivalent.

We believe in small class sizes- only 6 students per instructor. This provides students the individualized education that helps teach and inspire them in ways that will prove pivotal.

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Term: 14 weeks x 20 hrs/week = 280 hours
Weekly: Lecture 8 hours/week. Lab 12 hours/week

View 2018-2019 Academic Calendar here


  • Understanding couture applique and principles.
  • Learning fashion terminology.
  • Analyzing textiles for special occasions.
  • Identify the appropriate blocks for specific garments.


  • Learning how to apply and remove sequins
  • Learn construction and application of a zipper and lining.
  • Develop hand sewing of sequins in seam allowance and sequin replacement.
  • Practicing hand beading techniques
  • Learn how to create different seams.
  • Learn about different hems
  • Install invisible zipper in dress.
  • Merge lining and exteriors
  • Hand stitch techniques.


  • Analyzing and understanding silk
  • Cutting and preparing silk charmeuse.
  • Understanding printed textile and matching prints to seams.
  • Learning about knit fabrics and preparing fabrics
  • Ruching and controlled fullness and stabilizing.


  • Learning about the cocktail dress
  • Manipulating a circle skirt block and drafting a pattern for the skirt
  • Constructing and pressing with tailoring techniques.
  • Bounding buttonholes.
  • Creating patch pocket
  • Installing shoulder pad and lining
  • Compete interior tacking and final pressing.
  • Manipulating blocks to create bustier pattern.
  • Learning how to apply boning in to bustier.
  • Creating couture lace over bustier with no seams.
  • Understanding Crinoline construction.
  • Adjusting fit on a live a model


  • Final: Create a mini collection composed of two looks using couture techniques. Includes your sketches, process, mood board and fabric board.
  • Students will present their final presentation to peers, the Dean of The Cut Fashion Design Academy and the course instructor.



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