Fashion Design Workshop and Conference Series: Construction/Patternmaking

Interested in learning how to sew and make these little black dresses?

Learn pattern-making techniques from individual body measurements and draft patterns to make your own little black dress. Space is limited in the Fashion Design Workshop and Conference Series, so reserve your spot now!

Ready to register? Please follow this link to register for the Fashion Design and Workshop Conference Series.

Need more information? Please contact Ockhee Bego 512-471-2688. You can find additional details and pricing below.

What will the My Little Black Dresses Workshop and Conferences cover?

Week One, Joy of Sewing–My Little Black Dresses: The first week, students will learn basic professional techniques used in the construction of designers’ sample garments. Sewing techniques–including cutting, hand stitching, seam and hem finishes, pocket construction, pressing, and finishing–all of the basic garment techniques are explored.

Skills and techniques learned in this workshop will guide students to develop, create and produce a simple couturier dress in woven or woven-type fabrics using industrial or personal equipment currently used in the fashion industry.

    For this course, no sewing experience is necessary. A valid driver’s license is required.

Week Two, Joy of Patternmaking–My Little Black Dresses: This course introduces students to the concept of “sloper” (basic pattern blocks), the foundation of all flat pattern creation. A sloper can be created to simulate a garment being constructed for any body shape, enabling designers to make design patterns quickly and accurately. This will allow students to produce effective and accurate industry-standard pattern slopers for individual body types, which results in properly measured garment fit and size samples.

Using specific body measurements, students will draft basic sloper and dress sloper. Using the basic dress sloper, students will develop original dress designs, create patterns and apply proper construction techniques to produce a one-of-a-kind dress.

For this course, basic sewing skills and fundamental mathematical knowledge are required. A valid driver’s license is also required.

When will the workshop and conference sessions be held?

Week one, The Joy of Sewing:

Dates: June 9-13, 2014
Format: Two hours of lecture and three hours of workshop per day
Class meeting times:

    10:00am-12:00pm Lecture
    12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
    1:00pm-4:00pm Workshop Lab

Total: 30 hours
Supplies Tools & Equipment: Provided
Snacks & Refreshments: Provided
Parking: Provided
Space: Limited
Costs: Pay in full or pay in two installments (payments must be complete by May 31, 2014)
Location: Gearing Hall (GEA) room 211
Prerequisite: No sewing experience necessary, but students must have a valid driver’s license or valid government-issued ID
Registration: You can register and pay fees here

Week Two, The Joy of Patternmaking:

Dates: June 16-June 20, 2014
Format: Two hours of lecture and three hours of workshop per day
Class meeting times:

    10:00am-12:00pm Lecture
    12:00-1:00pm Lunch
    1:00-4:00pm Workshop Lab

Total: 30 Hours
Supplies, Tools & Equipment: Provided
Snacks & Refreshments: Provided
Parking: Provided
Space: Limited
Cost: Pay in full or pay in two installments (payment must be complete by May 31,2014)
Location: Gearing Hall (GEA) room 211
Prerequisites: Basic sewing skills and fundamental mathematical knowledge, valid driver’s license or valid government-issued ID
Registration: You can register and pay fees here.

How much will the sessions cost?

Workshop and Conference One–$750.00 (or two installments of $375)

Workshop and Conference Two–$850.00 (or two installments of $425)

Workshop and Conference One and Two–$1,500.00 (or two installments of $755)

So, I can register for both Week One and Week Two?

Yes, and you will save $100 when you register for both weeks.

What will I be able to do when I complete the workshop and conference series?

These workshop and conference courses provide an understanding of fundamental sewing techniques, dress construction procedures and application of current trends and the basic principles of patternmaking.

As a final project, a dress (dresses) should be developed, created and produced. Workshop Conference One involves the selection of fabric and construction techniques. Workshop Conference Two applies two-dimensional patternmaking methods and skills.

Both workshop conferences follow industrial sample room practices and procedures.

While they are not substitutes for a degree, these conferences provide comprehensive coverage of a particular topic (Dress Specialist) and grant a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop and conference.

Fashion Design Workshop Conference Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

Make sample dress(s) using industry standard construction techniques and sewing methods

  • Recognize and practice a range of standard dress(s) construction principles for fit as used in the industry today
  • Identify and interpret body measurement to size and fitting concepts
  • Draft standard/basic dress sloper, all patterns and required pattern pieces to industry standards (Workshop Conference Two)
  • Research and analyze body measurement and dress size, define and compare to  industry standards and individual sizing methods (Workshop Conference Two)
  • Understand industry vocabulary for pattern drafting, sizing, grading, fitting and making apparel products (Workshop Conference Two)

Will display professional attitudes and behavior

  • Meet project deadlines and time management
  • Professional presentation of work to industry standards
  • Professional conduct and performance in a business environment