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: 18 weeks
Weekly: Lecture 8 hrs/week. Lab 12 hrs/week

View 2018-2019 Academic Calendar here

Week 1

Lecture

  • Evening wear textiles for special occasion.
  • Identify the appropriate blocks for specific garments.
  • ISequin Skirt
  • Cutting and preparing sequins for assembly (sequin removal in seams).
  • Sequence of construction and application of a zipper and lining.
  • Hand sewing of sequins in seam allowance (sequin replacement).

Lab

  • Complete sequin skirt.
Week 2

Lecture

  • Instructor has cut pieces for demo that must be prepared the week before by TA.
  • Cocktail dress with beaded bodice and silk charmeuse skirt
  • Manipulate block and draft design as per pre-determined sketch (CIRCLE SKIRT).
  • Cutting and preparing Beaded fabric (mound on fabric and treat as one).
  • Cutting and preparing charmeuse.
  • Sequence of construction (French seams).
  • Build dress exterior dress.

Lab

  • Complete dress construction and cut lining.
Week 3

Lecture

  • Cocktail dress with beaded bodice and silk charmeuse skirt (cont.)
  • Install invisible zipper in dress.
  • Merge lining and exterior dress.
  • Level skirt eliminating bias drop.
  • Hemming ¼” baby hem turn and turn.
  • Tacking and pressing.

Lab

  • Complete lining and hemming of dress.
Week 4

Lecture

  • Evening jacket (Chanel shape) for special occasion.
  • Lay out and cut of Brocade jacket with print matching.
  • Sequence of construction and pressing for tailoring.
  • Bound button holes.
  • Attachment of embellishments and trims around parameter and patch pocket (depending on treatment).
  • Patch pocket installation.

Lab

  • Assemble Jacket Body as per class module.
Week 5

Lecture

  • Evening jacket (Chanel shape) for special occasion (cont)
  • Jacket must be cut and prepared by TA during week 4 for demo.
  • Draft lining for existing tailored jacket pattern adding facings/engineered ease.
  • Continue construction.
  • Assemble lining (sequence of construction).
  • Install shoulder pads.

Lab

  • Complete jacket as per module.
Week 6

Lecture

  • Evening jacket (Chanel shape) for special occasion (cont)
  • Merge Jacket self and Lining.
  • Compete interior tacking and final pressing.
  • Sew on button.
  • Bustier with couture lace application/ Beading and embellishment.
  • Manipulate block to create bustier pattern.
  • Cut bustier toile and test fit on Model.

Lab

  • Fuse, cut and construct bustier and cut interlining and assemble for next session.
Week 7

Lecture

  • Bustier with Couture lace application/ Beading and embellishment. (cont)
  • Interlining (applying boning). DEMO.
  • Creating couture lace over bustier with no seams.
  • Hand stitch techniques.

Lab

  • Build Bustier and complete couture lace as per demo.
  • Reconcile bustier pattern with circle skirt pattern from Week 2.
  • Cut out circle skirt.
Week 8

Lecture

  • Bustier with Couture lace application/ Beading and embellishment. (cont)
  • Crinoline construction.
  • Sequence of construction; 3 tier crinoline.

Lab

  • Build 3 tier crinoline.
  • Complete any other dress elements that need adjusting.
Week 9

Lecture

  • Bustier with Couture lace application/ Beading and embellishment. (cont)
  • Merging beaded bodice with skirt.
  • Invisible zipper instillation.
  • Crinoline installation.
  • Lining dress.
  • Hemming strapless dress.
  • Leveling the circular skirt and eliminating bias that has dropped.
  • Attach facing and blind hem by hand (DEMO).

Lab

  • Complete strapless dress and press (hanger /retail ready).
Week 10

Lecture

  • Jersey cocktail dress
  • Layout of jersey (relax the knit).
  • Cut and prepare for construction.
  • Sequence of construction.
  • Ruching and controlled fullness and stabilizing.
  • Installing lining.

Lab

  • Complete jersey dress construction.
Week 11

Lecture

  • Design consultation on mini capsule collection (two looks).
  • Identify block usage.
  • Decode the sketch or picture.
  • Begin pattern drafting.

Lab

  • Draft and toile the first look.
Week 12

Lecture

  • Begin drafting/ toiling the second look.

Lab

  • Complete drafting/toiling the second look.
Week 13

Lecture

  • Fitting on cabin model.
  • Adjust pattern alteration.
  • Draft lining/facings.
  • Begin prepping fabrics.

Lab

  • Finish pattern alteration and drafting lining/facings.
Week 14

Lecture

  • Begin prepping fabrics and ready to cut out first look.
  • Begin construction.

Lab

  • Continue construction of first look.
Week 15

Lecture

  • Continue construction.

Lab

  • Continue construction of first look.
Week 16

Lecture

  • Continue construction.
  • Begin preparing fabrics and ready to cut out second look.

Lab

  • Finish construction of first look.
  • Begin construction of second look.
Week 17

Lecture

  • Continue construction.

Lab

  • Continue construction of second look.
Week 18

Lecture

  • Continue construction.

Lab

  • Finish construction of second look.

 

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