Lifestyle Learning Direct

Fashion Design & Dressmaking

MODULE 1: FASHION AWARENESS

Fashion awareness; skill requirements; the big picture; the individual; clothing ranges – budget, middle-of-the-road and expensive; seasonal and personal colours; colour groups; patterns; textures; style and seam lines; figure analysis; measuring the body; glossary; templates for clothing design; body measurement sheets.

MODULE 2: PATTERNS

Original pattern blocks; trace patterns; commercial patterns; misses/women’s measurement sheet; pattern envelope; inside the envelope; numbered pattern pieces; cutting layouts; sewing instructions; selecting fabric; layout instructions; reading the pattern; cutting and stitching lines; notches and darts; pleats; gathering lines and buttonholes; choosing your pattern size; basic alterations; fabric preparation; grainline gauge; commercial patterns.

MODULE 3: FIBRES AND TOOLS

Natural and man-made fibres; fashion fabrics; woven constructions – plain weave, weft and warp threads and bias; knit fabrics; modern developments in fabrics; special fabrics; essential tools; tools for marking; essential equipment; selecting a sewing machine; types of sewing machines; 4 main stitch formations; sewing machine features and parts; maintenance; overlocker; additional tools and equipment; storage.

MODULE 4: LAYOUTS AND SEAMS

Tips for cutting fabrics; marking-up; tools; stitched markings; hand basting; shaping and controlling fullness, darts; gathers and ruffles; tiers; seams – open, French, layered, welt and princess-style; seam finishing techniques – zigzag and serpentine stitch, clean finish and bound.

MODULE 5: LININGS, FACINGS, COLLARS, CUFFS AND POCKETS

Lining; underlining; interfacing; fusible interfacing; options; facings; understitching; extended and bias facings; necklines; collars – flat, one-piece, mandarin and Peter Pan; cuffs and openings; continuous band and straight cuffs; sleeve openings for cuffs; pockets – unlined patch, lined and pocket bag in a seam.

MODULE 6: ZIPPERS, BUTTONHOLES, SLEEVES AND HEMS

Hand-sewing stitches – basting, running, backstitch, overcast and slipstitch; closures and fastenings; zippers; buttonholes and buttons; sleeves; sleeve styles; waistbands; pull-on and fitted; hems – lean-finished, double-stitched, zigzag and tailor’s; constructing a shirt.

MODULE 7: TOILES, MACHINE STITCHES, YOKES, VENTS AND STRETCH SEWING

Fitting a toile; fabric layout; cutting guidelines; fusible interfacings; basic machine stitches – straight, backstitch, basting, blind hemming, ease stitching, topstitch, edge stitch, elastic stitching, gathering, satin, stay, under-stitch, zigzag and triple-straight stitch; speciality overlock stitches; selecting a stitch type, length and width; yokes; vents; stretch sewing; overlocking; attaching ribbing and lace.

MODULE 8: FASHION AWARENESS II

Pleats; wardrobe and lifestyle; flatter your figure; basic body shapes and what to wear; hairstyles; make-up; planning a wardrobe; foundation and basic wardrobe; timeless classics; fashion updates; adapting old clothes; accessories.

MODULE 9: FASHION DRAWING AND DESIGNING

Introduction to fashion drawing; working from a template; presentation; drawing mediums – ink, graphite, coloured pencils, marker pens, watercolour and crayons; how designers work; different areas of design – haute couture, designer label, ready-to-wear and mass market; history of design; designing a collection; themes; Australian and New Zealand designers; producing a collection; my designs in the marketplace.

MODULE 10: STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS

Work experience; sample letters for work experience and designs; working with customers; the workroom; quotations; style details; stationery; measuring the client; fittings and alterations; deposit; making payments; packaging; garment storage; filing systems; advertising; the Internet; operating capital; record keeping; paying bills; petty cash; taxes; insurance; terms and conditions; financial records; types of business operations.