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Professional sewing

PROFESSIONAL SEWING

Duration: 4 terms (33 hours per session)
Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of Sewing

This program teaches professional techniques with a European touch in garment construction.

The student will learn how to properly do fittings; rectification and modifications to patterns for all types and styles of garments keeping in mind enhancement of the figure; preparation and cutting of fabrics; pressing methods. Most sewing techniques will be taught in three different levels: Haute Couture, Couture and Ready-to-Wear. The student will master each technique and will choose which will be used in their garments.

Many techniques have been developed and are exclusive to Richard Robinson and are included in the program. The finishing techniques produce garments as beautiful inside as outside.

At the end of the program, the student should have the ability to fabricate high end garments of exceptional quality.

Outline and supplies required

Session 1

Project: Unlined skirt

  1. Application of measurements, modifications, required rectification to the skirt basic pattern.
  2. Muslin and fabric fittings with pattern rectification
  3. Samples required for the construction of all styles of skirts: double darts, waistband, button extension, French buttonhole, biases, seam finishings, preparation and confection of a skirt.
  4. Haute Couture finishings can be applied to all unlined garments for a highly professional result.

Supplies:

  1. Basic skirt pattern
  2. 2m muslin
  3. 1m to 2m natural fabric (100% wool, linen, coton, silk) Teacher will show you types of fabric to purchase .75m lining (Bemberg or similar)
  4. Sewing and pressing supplies. (Thread, needles, pins, paper and fabric scissors, tracing wheel, tracing paper, ham, pen, pencil, notebook, binder with insert for samples)
  5. 8th graph beveled ruler 18in.
  6. Sewing machines are supplied at the Academy but it is strongly suggested to have a sewing machine at home.
Session 2

Project: Lined dress with set in sleeves

  1. Application of measurements, modifications, required rectification to the dress basic pattern.
  2. Muslin and fabric fittings on a person and on a dress form with pattern rectification.
  3. Samples required for the construction of all styles of dresses
  4. Preparation and construction of a dress styled and custom fitted to the student or to a person of their choice.
  5. Construction, pressing and sewing techniques for setting in sleeves.
  6. Haute Couture and Ready-to-Wear techniques for cutting, preparing, and sewing the lining.
  7. The student will be able to add collar, cuffs to sleeves with sleeve openings, slits, different styles of pleats, patch pockets.
  8. The student will start showing creativity in design and should be able to create a highly professionally made lined dress.

Supplies:

  1. Basic dress pattern
  2. Sewing and Pressing supplies (Same as 1rst session plus Sleeve roll and clapper for pressing)
  3. 3m muslin
  4. 3m fabric, preferably natural fabric (Wait for suggestions by the teacher)
  5. 3m lining
Session 3

Project: Tailored jacket

  1. Choice of styles of tailored jackets – Single, double breast, tailored sleeves: one piece, two pieces – length according to figure; styles of collars; Choice of fabric – Buttonholes and buttons
  2. Application of measurements, modifications, required rectification to the tailored jacket pattern.
  3. Muslin and fabric fittings with pattern rectification
  4. Haute Couture and Couture techniques: Samples of both techniques. Student chooses which techniques to be used in the jacket construction.
  5. How to professionally sew interfacing, facings and lining with pleat of ease.
  6. The student will be able to adjust, alter, sew professionally any styles of tailored jackets for women and will be prepared to take the men’s tailoring program if desired.

Supplies:

  1. Tailored jacket pattern of your choice.
  2. 3m muslin
  3. 3m fabric
  4. 3m lining
  5. Straight of grain
  6. 2m interfacing (goats hair) After discussion with teacher and according to Haute Couture or Couture construction
  7. Sewing and Pressing supplies
Session 4

Project: Winter coat

  1. Choice of styles of Winter coats – Single, double breast, sleeves: one piece, two pieces – length according to figure; styles of collars; Choice of fabric – Buttonholes and buttons
  2. Application of measurements, modifications, required rectification to the coat pattern.
  3. Muslin and fabric fittings with pattern rectification
  4. Application of interfacing, interlining, facings and winter coat lining
  5. Professional high end confection.
  6. Finishings and embellishments.
  7. Wardrobe questions and answers.
  8. After this session, students should be able to fit, modify, bring any rectification or alteration to all styles of garments. The end result should be very professional, well fitted, well finished garments inside out.

Supplies

  1. Coat pattern of your choice
  2. Muslin
  3. Interfacing
  4. Interlining
  5. Fabric
  6. Sewing and pressing supplies

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Pattern making

Duration: 4 sessions (132 hours)
Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic sewing (Beginner Sewing)

Upon completing this program, students will be able to design the pattern of any garment idea, picture or design in any personal measurements or according to standard sizes and be able to grade patterns in any sizes.

Session 1

  1. Method for taking body measurements.
  2. Drafting basic blocks bodice, skirt, sleeve and how to match them.
  3. Intro to flat patternmaking: working patterns, flat patternmaking method and principles, process and analysis
  4. Dart manipulation and transfers.
  5. All styles of skirt developments
  6. Creating your own skirt design.
  7. Pattern drafting of original skirt.

Supplies:

  • Half scale L square ruler
  • French curve
  • Grid ruler
  • Roll of pattern paper
  • Cardboard
  • Detachable tape
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Sewing supplies: scissors, pins, needles, thread, measuring tape

Session 2

  1. Personal full size blocks Corsage, skirt and sleeves. Full size dress blocks.
  2. Pleats and slits
  3. Pattern drafting of intricate skirt designs
  4. Pattern drafting of dresses designs
  5. Pattern drafting of all types of sleeves
  6. Creating your own dress design with sleeves.
  7. Pattern drafting and development of a full scale original dress design with all the detail requirements and information, matching technique, to obtain a perfectly matching pattern. Muslin fitting. Rectification to the pattern

Supplies

  • All pattern making supplies from session 1
  • Full scale L square ruler Muslin
  • Cardboard

Session 3

  1. Measurement technique for pants (bring leggings)
  2. Making pants blocks (full size blocks) Matching technique
  3. Pattern drafting and developments of different styles of pants, shorts.
  4. Muslin fitting of pants and how to bring rectifications to the pattern.
  5. Introduction to collars and styles of collars.
  6. Pattern drafting and developments of all styles of collars. Matching technique with variety of necklines.
  7. Introduction to blouses and shirts.
  8. Pattern drafting of different styles of blouses and shirts including facings, bands, yokes, pleats, tucks and sleeve cuffs. Muslin fitting and rectification.
  9. Pattern drafting and development of different style of jackets – and adapting different styles of collars. Muslin fitting and rectification.

Supplies:

  • Pattern making and sewing supplies as in session 1 and 2

Session 4

  1. Pattern drafting and development of different styles of coats and adapting different styles of collars.
  2. Introduction to different styles of capes and hoods
  3. Making cape block with or without hood.
  4. Pattern drafting and development of an A line cape with hood.
  5. Drafting jumpsuit block adding ease.
  6. Grading technique for all sizes.
  7. Introduction to knits and stretch fabric.
  8. Taking measurements, application of measurements according to degree of stretch in the fabric.
  9. Original design of your choice. Pattern development. Muslin fitting and rectification to the pattern.

Supplies:

  • Pattern making and sewing supplies as in session 1 and 2

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Fashion sketching

Diploma program

Duration: 4 terms (33 hours per term) (Total 132 hours)

Fashion illustration teaches techniques that will make anyone with or without experience able to sketch, plan wardrobes, lines of garments, all types of collections of garments, illustrate fashion ideas for yourself, customers, fashion buyers & stylists, marketing, visual merchandising. It teaches technical flats for pattern making and garment production. It promotes the development of individual style in illustration for each one to become unique and inspired by giving techniques to stimulate your own creativity and how you want to be perceived as a fashion artist in this wonderful world of Fashion.

Session 1

  1. Faces , poses, fashion illustration proportions
  2. Movement
  3. Hair style
  4. Development of illustration style
  5. Hands and feet
  6. Introduction to watercolour

Supplies:

Sketch pad 14 x 17’’, 20’’ clear ruler, micron pens 0.1;0.3;0.5; pencils , pen eraser, roll of tracing paper. Suggested books: Fashion Illustration by Anna Kipper; Fashion Sketching by Richard Robinson

Session 2

  1. Elements of style.
  2. Color theory and its application.
  3. Steps to follow to properly plan a collection
  4. Methods and process for designing collections.
  5. Designing different collections according to occasions, type of clientele, season : Inspiration, forecasting fashion trends, developing a cohesive vision as to color, theme, details, garment pieces.
  6. Techniques to develop your own style, your uniqueness.

Supplies:

Sketching supplies from Session 1, Nobel watercolor, Watercolor pad, paint palette, graphite paper. Teacher might ask to get supplies for certain projects.

Session 3

  1. Body types , theory on wardrobe that will enhance lines and attributes.
  2. Color Analysis and its application.
  3. Fabric rendering and reproduction – all types of fabrics.
  4. How to develop a story while illustrating a collection
  5. Technique and procedure to sketch precise and effective technical flats.
  6. How to turn your ideas into gorgeous bridal gowns – Bridal collections.

Supplies:

Same supplies as in session 2.

Session 4

  1. Particularity about sketching men’s collections. Setting new trends and how to present them.
  2. Children’s collection.
  3. Fur and leather collections. Fur and leather rendering in designs
  4. Accessories collections: purses, handbags, belts, hats, jewelry, shoes etc.
  5. Sketching textiles prints. Designing textiles.

Supplies:

Same supplies as in session 2

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Lingerie

Certificate course

Duration: 33 hours per term – 3 hour class per week – 1 term
Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of Sewing

This course gives you the skills to draft and sew different types of panties and bras, camisoles and slips as well as swimwear. It gives you an understanding of the construction of undergarments and knowledge of what fabrics, notions and supplies to use.

It will teach you the important measurements to properly fit bras and how to apply measurements for stretch fabrics according to the degree of stretch.

You will learn the different hand and machine stitches used for sewing lingerie and for professional finishing. How to use silk, lace, woven and stretch fabrics along with trims, couture decorative techniques & embellishments that will make your lingerie one of a kind!

Supplies:

  • Lingerie kit available at the Academy (app. $25.)
  • Sewing supplies: Needles, pins, scissors, measuring tape, tracing wheel, tracing paper, roll of tracing paper for pattern drafting.

Teacher will notify student of choice of fabric for different projects.

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Hat making & accessories

Diploma program

Duration: 2 sessions Total hours: 66
The Art of Hat-Making

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Corset

Certificate program

Duration: 33 hours per term – 3 hour class per week – 1 term
Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of Sewing

In Corset Making you will gain the knowledge you need to a make real, quality, Victorian inspired corset. You will make an over bust corset, fitted to your body, from a pattern, optimized for modern bodies.

In this course you will:

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Beginner sewing

Certificate

Duration: 3- 4 hour classes (12 hours)
(Supplies included)

Project: Shorts or skirt (darts and waistband)

This course prepares the student who has no sewing knowledge to be able to sew a simple garment, understand a commercial pattern and have the necessary preparation to pursue Pattern making, Professional sewing or the Full time Fashion Designer program.

The student will learn about body measurements, commercial pattern terminology and understand how to use and prepare a commercial pattern by applying body measurements and choosing the right size.

How to cut fabric from a commercial pattern, marking and preparation for sewing.

Hand and machine sewing technique to produce a simple garment.

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