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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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FS 1310 - Construction I: Industry Sewing Basics

Credits: 3

This freshman-level course introduces students to basic garment construction techniques used in the apparel industry. Students will learn proper machine maintenance, threading, and care. Various machine and hand sewing techniques and seam types will be discussed and applied. Students will work with woven and knitted fabrics in order to understand the requirements of each fabric type. Industrial sewing machines will be used to construct a complete garment, and assembly instructions will be documented.

Prerequisites: none

Notes: Required textbooks for this course are also used in FS1350 and FS2310.

The textbooks Patternmaking for Fashion Design, 5th Edition and Draping for Fashion Design are also used in FS3150.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of proper industrial sewing machine maintenance, threading, care, and use.
  • Demonstrate basic garment design concepts and construction techniques including both machine and hand sewing standard stitches and seams.
  • Complete assembly instructions for garment prototype.
  • Identify fabrication choices and fabric type requirements.
  • Construct a garment prototype using appropriate construction details and industry standards.

FS 1310 Course Learning Outcome Rubric  

Required Textbooks:
Sewing for the Apparel Industry - ISBN: 9780131884434

Patternmaking for Fashion Design, 5th Edition - ISBN: 9780135018767

Draping for Fashion Design, 5th Edition - ISBN: 9780132447270
Required Course Materials:

  • *students acquire this kit in Construction I. It will be used in subsequent construction courses and some items may need to replenishment in future terms.
  • *students will need this
  • Fabric Sheers
  • Paper Scissors
  • Packaged tapes: 3/4” lace hem tape, and 1/2” wide single fold Bias tape
  • Scotch Tape
  • #2 Pencils, red, blue, and green colored pencils and a sharpener (you may want a good mechanical pencil as well)
  • White Eraser
  • 3-Ring binder
  • Clear Plastic Pages (25+) 1 for each sewing sample
  • Manila envelopes 9x12” (2+) for storing patterns
  • 3 yards: unbleached muslin (43-44” wide) for draped projects
  • 4 yards: calico* for sewing skills samples (notebook samples)
  • 1 yard: sheer weight fusible non-woven interfacing
  • Fashion fabric and thread for projects: drawstring pants*, and a flared skirt*
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe InDesign

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