18) Designing Abaya Workshop

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.

Class Outline

Please note that this schedule is flexible and may change according to needs arising.

  1. Revision on how to develop a concept into a collection, how to organize resources, and how to transform inspirational ideas into final design details (Development of Look3 and look 4: pattern making and cutting)
  2. Development of look5 and look6: pattern making and cutting
  3. Presentation

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

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
 Tailor’s chalk
 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.

Where to buy your materials

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

  • 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

Thu, 19 Apr, 2018
Thu, 10 May, 2018
Thursdays (No Class on May 3, 2018)
5:00pm – 9:00pm
VCUQatar, Room 225
QAR 600


Yang Soon Ju

Yang Soon Ju is an interdisciplinary designer and entrepreneur with a Masters of Fine Art in Design studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design minoring in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar). Besides her design practices, she has many years of experience in watercolor painting, drawing, oil painting, and fashion illustration. She worked for the Hazawi project by Doha Film Institute, the Mshreib project with Tim Makower, and the Sidra uniform project with VCUQatar (VCUarts Qatar now). She has various teaching experiences around the world as an artist, designer, and applied scientist.