FASHION DESIGN SHORT COURSES | SYDNEY
COUTURE SEWING TECHNIQUES
Couture garment construction is about learning sewing and pressing techniques, taking time and care with garment fit and finishes, and establishing a personal library of skills so decisions on the best technique to achieve a finish can be made.
Students work on projects of their choice and are guided through the techniques appropriate for their design.
Projects may include cardigan jackets, notched lapel collar jackets, shawl collar jackets, pants, blouses, skirts, evening wear, corsets, and lace applique.
Fabrics may include difficult to handle weaves such as velvets and satins, fine and transparent fabrics, and patterned and striped fabrics. Finishes may include setting sleeves, linings, inter lining, boning, facings, fabric manipulation, braids, top stitching, different styles of fastenings and zippers, and seam and hem finishes.
Finishes may include setting sleeves, linings, inter lining, boning, facings, fabric manipulation, braids, top stitching, different styles of fastenings and zippers, and seam and hem finishes.
For each garment students will:
- Assess the pattern for fit to their measurements and body type.
- Adjust the commercial pattern for fit and style changes.
- Create a lining pattern if necessary.
- Layout and cut the pattern in calico.
- Experiment with interfacing, seam and edge finishes using the fashion fabric to determine needle types, machine settings, thread types, and techniques to be used in constructing the garment.
- Practice the finishes, construction order and pressing techniques on the calico garment.
- Fit the calico garment as appropriate during the construction process.
- Adjust the pattern for any fitting and style changes necessary using the calico garment.
- Make a construction plan based on the machine settings used, finishes required and issues encountered while completing the calico sample.
- Layout and cut the pattern in the fashion fabric, lining and interfacing.
- Construct the garment and fit as many times as necessary to achieve the desired fit and finish using a combination of hand and machine techniques.
- Press and add hanging aids to ensure the garment can be stored appropriately.
Students decide on the projects they wish to complete. Consultation and advice are provided to guide students so they progress their knowledge in a way that maximises their study outcomes.
The course is designed for sewers who want to master couture construction techniques and either alter commercial patterns or learn patternmaking techniques to produce a garment with a couture fit and finish.
Students are taught individually or in small groups in a face-to-face environment equipped with specialised pattern making and computerised equipment. Students are allowed the flexibility of study at their own pace and will be offered extra and more specialised tuition in areas they find difficult. Students will receive advice on their progress at the end of each term.
Classes have a maximum of 8 students per teacher. The course is delivered in a workroom with sewing machines and overlockers provided. The course is available as an evening course or over a half or full day per week.
The course is taught over 11 week terms and students have the opportunity to continue their studies each term until they have acquired all the techniques and finishes they would like to learn. Couture garments may take many hours to complete and students will receive advice on their projects on the basis of their available time, sewing skills and experience.
The courses run over four terms a year each of 11 weeks. During the term, full-time students attend three days per week for 7 tuition hours a day from 8.30am to 4pm. A short course program may extend over a number of terms depending on the short course content.
Part-time students may attend for 3.5, 7, 10.5, 14 or 17.5 hours per week during the term. They may attend the course on a weekday, in the evening or on a Saturday. A short course program may extend over a number of terms depending on the course content and student attendance pattern.
Enrolments are currently being taken for 2017.
Term 1 – 30 January to 15 April 2017
Term 2 – 18 April to 1 July 2017
Term 3 – 17 July to 30 September 2017
Term 4 – 3 October to 16 December 2017
Mid term enrolments may be available. Please contact the college for further information.
Day – Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Evening – Wednesday, Thursday
Student requirements for first session
Students will be sent a list of the requirements for the first week. The college has a selection of quality natural fabrics from Italy available by order for students who attend the college.
Students should have some sewing experience and be able to sew using a commercial pattern competently.