Couture Sewing Techniques
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.
Course Session Times
Day – Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Evening – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
The courses run over four terms a year each of 11 weeks. Full-time students attend three days per week for 7 tuition hours a day from 8.30am to 4pm. Part-time students may attend for 3.5, 7, 10.5, 14 or 17.5 hours per week during the term. The program may extend over a number of terms depending on the content and attendance.
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.
The course suits advanced 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.
There is a maximum of 8 students per session, so all students have the opportunity to receive individual attention and progress at their own pace. Consultation and advice are provided to guide students so they progress their knowledge in a way that maximises their study outcomes.
$770 (3.5 hours per week for 11 weeks = 38.5 hours of tuition)
$1,540 (7 hours per week for 11 weeks = 77 hours of tuition)
$2,310 (10.5 hours per week for 11 weeks = 115.5 hours of tuition)
$3,080 (14 hours per week for 11 weeks = 154 hours of tuition)
$3,850 (17.5 hours per week for 11 weeks = 192.5 hours of tuition)
For more information on this course, please contact our college.