09) Fashion Dressmaking Basics: Skirt and Dress

The class will focus on basic, beginner level fashion garment construction, pattern cutting, and developing various models based on the basic skirt pattern.

Students will construct a basic skirt pattern. We will develop individual skirts and study the draping ability of textiles, body figures, and basic fundamentals of design garment making. Other fabric treatments, like ruffles, tucks, pleats, finishing treatments, and many more, are included. Classes are based on both practical (workshop) and theoretical (PowerPoint presentations) study.

Class Outline

  1. How to take body measurements and measurements from garments; introduction to using sewing machines
  2. Basics about pattern making
  3. Fashion Studio: Pattern making basics (skirt): using measurements to develop a foundation block for skirts and patterns
  4. Fashion Studio: Pattern making basics (skirt) 2
  5. Fashion Studio: Developing a pattern on fabric pattern sheets and transferring the pattern onto the fabric; preparing the fabric for the design and cutting process
  6. Fashion Studio: Developing the pattern
  7. Fashion Studio: Constructing and dressmaking skirts in exact size and checking the fit
  8. Fashion Studio: Basic bodice pattern making and constructing a shirt pattern 1
  9. Fashion Studio: Basic bodice pattern; making a shirt
  10. Fashion Studio: Constructing and dressmaking shirt; finishing techniques, necklines and hemlines
  11. Fashion Studio: Constructing and dressmaking shirt; finishing techniques, necklines and hemlines
  12. Fashion Studio: Constructing and finishing the shirt

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

Participants are required to buy their own materials beforehand and to bring them to every class.

  • French curve sets
  • Pencil, 2B
  • Small scissors
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • T-square ruler

Optional: If you have your own sewing machine, feel free to bring it. You will be able to get to know it much better during the course.

There may be more materials to be purchased and brought in as the class progresses, i.e., fabric for the dresses; your lecturer will give you the necessary guidance.

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Wed, 16 Jan, 2019
Thu, 7 Mar, 2019
Wednesdays and Thursdays
3:00pm - 5:00pm
VCUQatar, Room 355
QAR 2000


Manjulakshmi Bharathan

Manjulakshmi is International Fashion Designer being the first designer from Qatar to have showcased her collection at the New York Fashion Week and listed on the Fashion Calendar of CFDA. Being a Fashion Consultant in the region with an expanded career in Design as Design Educator and Researcher extending into the fields of Fashion Design, Interior Design and Jewelry Design, she has an established career in the design industry and has been teaching in VCUQ since 2005.

She has been working with the design industry in Qatar to develop in its various forms and helping new brands and fashion entrepreneurs to launch their brands into the market with the help of her design studio. She is the Creative Head of her Couture Label @gillsmanjulakshmi and @aadimabygm

She is researching in “Sustainable Design Textiles and lifestyle” and has Masters of Business Administration and Marketing and Bachelors in Costume and Fashion Design. She is also one of the designers who has showcased her bridal and evening wear couture collection at the 7th International Fashion Show and Wedding Exhibition "IWED" in 2014, Mercedes Benz Fashion Show 2016, 1st Qatar Fashion Show at the Shop Qatar 2017, NYFW 2018 and has been invited for the Paris Fashion Week 2018.