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SEWING / HAUTE COUTURE

The Sewing / Haute Couture course has been designed to teach the basic ways and means of hand sewing with a focus on the realization of practice muslins or ‘toiles’ in conjunction with the flat pattern course. This course will also develop the capacity of each student to finish an original creation. The course provides the student with the ability to recognize the basic terminology of sewing and construction; with the ability to select the proper materials and sewing techniques for a particular style or detail. Also the student will begin learning how to analyze the way the latest fashion details have been achieved.

FOCUS AREAS

  • Basic sewing tools and terminology.
  • Basic hand stitching.
  • How to properly use sewing machine and tools.
  • Straight stitch.
  • Oblique stitch.
  • Length stitch.
  • Backstitch.
  • State principles of clothing construction.
  • Select proper fabrics.
  • Demonstrate correct sewing techniques.
  • Produce correct finishing methods.
  • Warp and woof, grain line, threads and needle changes.
  • Layout, cutting and marking.
  • Open seam finishes.
  • Darts.
  • Waist band.

This course will develop the capacity of each student to finish original creations.  The student will learn the advanced expressions of hand and machine sewing with a focus on the realization of toiles, originating from the pattern-making course.  Haute Couture is a hallmark of quality in hand and machine sewing, as well as finishing.  Haute Couture requires, in general, a great deal of patience, attention to detail, willingness and discipline.  The fundamentals of ‘repassage’ (ironing) will also be covered in order to provide excellent presentation techniques.

FOCUS AREAS

  • Advanced hand stitching.
  • How to properly use sewing machine and tools.
  • Shaping a garment.
  • Edge Finishes.
  • Seams.
  • Darts.
  • Bindings.
  • Pockets
  • Sleeves.
  • Skirts.
  • Needlework
  • Work on ‘flou’ (non-structured) projects.
  • Bias technique.
  • Finished flounces.