This course will provide an opportunity to practice creating a collection, focusing on Abaya. Participants will start by learning traditional styles and pattern making. They will then move on to more creative process, transforming their concepts into different shapes and styles to build a capsule collection.
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Please note that this schedule is flexible and may change according to needs arising.
1. Introduce how to develop a concept into a collection, how to research trends, and how to organize resources
Introduce pattern drafting tools and supplies
2. Learn how to communicate inspirational ideas and analyze Abaya styles
3. Develop design details and discuss fabric choices
4. Look1: pattern making
5. Look1 continued: cutting, stitching, and fitting
6. Look2: pattern making
7. Look2 continued: cutting, stitching, and fitting (to be continued to Designing Abaya Capsule Collection Part II)
8. Critique on the collection
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.
In order to fully participate in the practical exercises, please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:
Bring two garments to analyze (preferably one top and one bottom) for the first class
Steel dressmaking pins (not glass-headed pins) and pin holder
Measuring tape (60 inches long)
Fabric scissors and paper scissors
Small pointed trimming scissors
Pinking shears (optional)
Magic scotch tape
Needle-pointed tracing wheel
4H and 2B pencils, as well as a sharpener
Fine-liner pens (4 red, 2 blue, and 2 black recommended)
Pattern notcher, awl, and pattern hooks
Hand sewing needles and thread (at least black and white)
Set of L-square, hip curve, French curve, and vary form curve
18inch clear plastic ruler with grids
Muslin, oak tag, pattern paper, and stuffed arm (to be discussed)
Class equipment and materials
Dress form, iron board, and sewing machine
On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.
Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example: