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Beginning Apparel Construction
Course: TEC110

First Term: 2020 Fall
Lec + Lab   3.0 Credit(s)   5.0 Period(s)   5.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: T - Lab Load

Description: Basic apparel construction techniques. Use of commercial patterns and sewing machine in the construction of basic garments.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Define and use basic fabric and clothing construction terminology. (I)
2. Operate the sewing machine, pressing equipment and sewing tools. (II)
3. Operate the serger for seam finishing. (II)
4. Read and identify fractional ruler markings. (II)
5. Take body measurements and select correct pattern sizes. (III)
6. Fit and alter basic commercial patterns. (III)
7. Interpret and follow pattern guide-sheet instructions accurately to construct basic garments. (III)
8. Select, prepare, and lay out fashion fabrics. (IV)
9. Pin pattern pieces properly following guide-sheet diagram. (IV)
10. Cut pattern pieces and use basic marking methods for construction. (IV)
11. Apply fusible interfacing to fashion fabric. (V)
12. Apply standard clothing construction and pressing techniques for seams, seam finishes, darts, facings, gathering, hems, and edge-stitching. (VI)
13. Construct pullover top and drawstring pants/shorts. (VII)
14. Evaluate the construction and fit of garments. (VIII)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Basic Terminology
   A. Fabric
   B. Clothing construction
II. Equipment
   A. Sewing machine
      1. Bobbin
      2. Bobbin case
      3. Thread
   B. Basic serger use
   C. Ruler
      1. Markings
      2. Fractions/measurements
      3. Tape measure
      4. Seam/hem guage
   D. Professional steam-iron
   E. Basic pressing equipment
      1. Press-cloth
      2. Tailor`s ham
      3. Sleeve board
   F. Basic Sewing tools
      1. Straight pins
      2. Scissors/shears
      4. Seam ripper
      5. Hand-sewing needles
      6. Thimble
III. Patterns
   A. Measurements
   B. Selection
   C. Fabric yardage
   D. Basic fit/alterations
   E. Guide-sheet diagrams and instructions
IV. Woven Fabrics
   A. Selection
   B. Preparation
      1. Pre-wash
      2. Pressing
   C. Layout
      1. Aligning grainline
      2. Measuring pattern pieces
   D. Pinning pattern pieces
   E. Cutting
   F. Basic marking methods
      1. Tracing paper and wheel
      2. Marking pencil and ruler
V. Interfacing
   A. Basic types
   B. Nonwoven fusible application
VI. Beginning construction techniques
   A. Pinning a 5/8" seam
   B. Sewing a seam
      1. Stitch length
      2. Back-stitching
   C. Applying seam finishes
      1. Serged finish
      2. Zigzag finish
   D. Staystitching
   E. Darts
      1. Pinning
      2. Sewing
      3. Tying knots
      4. Pressing
   F. Neck facing
      1. Apply interfacing
      2. Pinning/sewing
      3. Trimming
      4. Pressing neckline seam
      5. Understitching
   G. Gathering
   H. Hems
      1. Turned finish and machine edge-stitched
      2. Serged finish and machine blind-hem
      3. Hem-lace or turned finish and hand-sewn slip-stitch
   I. Closures
      1. 2-Hole button
      2. Button with plastic shank (pre-shaped shank)
      3. Button loop-closure
      4. Hook & eye
      5. Snap
   J. Casings with edge-stitching
      1. Elastic
      2. Drawstring
VII. Garment Project Construction
   A. Pullover top
      1. Darts, seams
      2. Neckline, facing
      3. Sleeves
      4. Side-seams
      5. Hem
   B. Drawstring pants/shorts
      1. Inseams
      2. Crotch seam
      3. Side-seams
      4. Casing, edge-stitching
      5. Drawstring
      6. Hem
VIII. Evaluation of garments
   A. Pullover top
      1. Construction
      2. Fit
   B. Drawstring pants/shorts
      1. Construction
      2. Fit
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: December 10, 2019

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