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Couture Sewing
Course: TEC227

First Term: 2004 Fall
Lec + Lab   3 Credit(s)   5 Period(s)   4.4 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S

Description: Construction techniques used in couture sewing. Includes fabric selection, fitting, fabric preparation, hand sewing, garment shaping, edge finishes, embellishments, and closures. Emphasis on couture techniques used in the construction of skirts, pants, blouses, dresses, sleeves, pockets, jackets, coats, and evening wear. Course Notes: May be repeated for a total of 12 credit hours with permission of instructor

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Select fashion fabric, interfacing, backing, and lining suitable for a couture garment. (I)
2. Adjust and alter commercial patterns for couture garment constructed in class. (II)
3. Prepare fabric for garment construction. (III)
4. Use appropriate needles and thread for hand sewing. (IV)
5. Apply temporary and permanent hand stitches to couture garment. (IV)
6. Shape couture garment by using appropriate seams, darts, and pressing techniques. (V)
7. Apply edge finishes, such as hems, shaped facings, and bindings to couture garment. (VI)
8. Use couture techniques in applying closures to garment. (VII)
9. Apply couture techniques when sewing skirts, pants, blouses, dresses, jackets, coats, and evening wear. (VIII)
10. Use couture techniques when sewing sleeves and pockets. (VIII)
11. Use couture techniques to embellish garment constructed in class. (VIII)
12. Evaluate garments constructed in class. (IX)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Selecting Fabrics
   A. Fashion fabric
   B. Interfacing
   C. Backing
   D. Lining
II. Pattern Fitting
   A. Adjustments
   B. Alterations
III. Fabric Preparation
   A. Preshrinking
   B. Perfecting grainline
   C. Cutting
   D. Marking
IV. Hand Sewing
   A. Needles
   B. Threads
   C. Temporary stitches
   D. Permanent stitches
V. Shaping the Garment
   A. Seams
   B. Darts
   C. Pressing techniques
VI. Edge Finishes
   A. Hems
   B. Shaped facings
   C. Bindings
VII. Closures
   A. Plackets
   B. Buttons and buttonholes
   C. Zippers
   D. Hooks, eyes, and snaps
VIII. Couture Sewing Techniques
   A. Skirts and pants
   B. Blouses and dresses
   C. Sleeves
      1. Sleeve heads
      2. Sleeve boosters
      3. Blouse sleeves
      4. Tailored sleeves
   D. Pockets
      1. Patch
      2. Set-in
      3. Welt
   E. Jackets and coats
      1. Stitching the jacket/coat
      2. Facing the lapels
      3. Constructing the lining
      4. Finishing the body
      5. Collar
      6. Chanel techniques
   F. Evening wear
   G. Embellishments
IX. Evaluation
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 4/27/2004

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