13) Designing Coats and Abayas

This course will provide an opportunity to practice creating a collection, focusing on design details of Abaya. Participants will start by learning basic garment styles and pattern making. They will then move on to more creative process, transforming their concepts into different shapes and styles to build their own capsule collection.

Class Outline

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 resource. 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 and cutting
  5. Look1 continued: sewing and fitting
  6. Look2: pattern making and cutting
  7. Look2 continued: sewing and fitting
  8. Critique on the collection development 

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 (can be discussed more in details on the first day if necessary)


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:

  • 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

Sat, 23 Mar, 2019
Sat, 27 Apr, 2019
2:00pm – 6:00pm
VCUQatar, Room 225
QAR 1550


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 as an applied scientist, artist, and designer, in several places including VCUartQatar for both community classes and fashion design sophomore classes.