FCS 245: Pattern Making
The major goal of this course is to help students acquire the knowledge, skill, and experience necessary to create flat patterns. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:
- Demonstrate flat-pattern skills.
- Understand flat-pattern principles and rules.
- Use correct terminology in relationship to flat-pattern work.
- Derive solutions to problems in pattern making.
- Build confidence in your ability to construct apparel using patterns you have drafted.
- Accurately measure a figure.
This three-credit course covers the principles of pattern making using basic drafting and flat-pattern techniques in half- and full-size patterns for woven and knit fabrics.
Learning Model Architecture
In this course, you will draft and custom-fit a pattern, then use the pattern to sew a garment. In order to accomplish this, you will learn and practice a number of techniques. None of the activities are busywork; they have been carefully crafted to provide the learning experiences you need to become skillful in pattern making. You may not understand how these techniques will be useful at first, but by the end of the course, you will see how they fit together. This design is not unlike the "line upon line" scripture found in the book of Nephi:
30 For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.
This course is organized into 14 weeks (W01–W14). New lessons open at the end of the preceding week before assignments are due. Refer to the Calendar for assignment due dates. Your instructor will post administrative information, answer general questions, and share thoughts about the week’s content on the Announcements page every week. The course activities follow a weekly cycle of Prepare, Teach One Another, and Ponder & Prove. Prepare: You will prepare by completing readings and coursework activities. You will work with the slopers and patterns you create. In some weeks, you will practice sewing techniques. Teach One Another: You will share and support one another in small group discussions with class members. For a few activities, you will be asked to share skills/knowledge gained in the course with a family member or friend. Ponder & Prove: You will demonstrate your skills by completing activities, assignments, and quizzes. All quizzes are open notes. You will sew a midterm and a final project.
PrerequisitesFCS 207: Apparel Construction 1
Required MaterialsTextbooks: No textbooks are required for purchase.
- You will download a textbook created specifically for this course. You will need to print portions of the book.
- You will also be directed to review certain sections of the book Patternmaking by Dennic Chunman Lo. This book may be accessed from the BYU-Idaho library.
- Mechanical pencils.
- 2 types of clear tape: 1/2" matte finish and double-sided tape.
- 50 sheets of cardstock.
- Recommended: 1–1/2" 3 ring binder to store weekly exercises.
- Recommended: 50 sheet protectors.
- Rulers: clear 2x18" ruler and 1x12" ruler.
- Curves: Clear french curve and vary form curve.
- Paper scissors.
- Pattern making paper: You may use either copy paper or "exam table paper" (used in doctors' offices). If you have nothing else, you could use newspaper, but you run the risk of ink rubbing off on your fabric.
- Tissue paper is highly recommended, but you could use other paper.
- Woven fabric (the amount depends upon the design of your projects).
- Sewing equipment: a sewing machine, needles, dressmaker shears, etc.
- Notions for your projects: thread, buttons, zipper, etc.
- Microsoft Word software: If you do not already have access to this software, a free download for PC or Mac is available through the University Store. See How Can I Get Microsoft Office for Free?
Department Policy Regarding Intellectual Property and Course MaterialsAll of the materials in this course are covered by fair use and copyright law and are proprietary (intellectual property). Students are not permitted to sell, post, trade, share, distribute, or send any information contained in this course (including outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, lectures, audio and video recordings, or images of the same, etc. including your own work for this course) to any parties outside of this course (in other words, Course Hero, Quizlet, Google Docs, etc.) by any means (for example, posting, uploading, attachments, etc.) without the express written permission from the creator of these works and the Department Chair. Any of these actions violate the Academic Honesty policies of Brigham Young University-Idaho (please see Academic Honesty) and will be dealt with as such. The materials in this course are also intellectual property, and taking any materials from the course and posting them outside of this course in any manner will be construed as theft and distribution of intellectual property. If you engage in any of these actions, or use any of these materials without authorization, the instructor has the right to impose an appropriate academic sanction (for example, give you a failing grade for the assignment and/or fail you from the course). Additionally, the respective Course Lead, Program Lead, and/or Department Chair also reserve the right to impose appropriate academic sanctions regardless of any imposed by the instructor.
Projects in This Course
- Half-scale patterns
- Princess line bodice
- Tops (bodices)
- Sheath dress
- Half-scale princess line bodice
- Midterm Design Assignment (half-scale garment)
- Final Design Assignment (full-scale garment fitted to a model)
Late Work PolicyWhen you work in the fashion industry, you are expected to meet your deadlines. As a sign of professionalism and respect, students must learn to complete and submit work on time. Late assignments will be treated as follows:
- 1–2 days late = 10% reduction
- 3 days late = 50% reduction
- After 3 days late = 70% reduction (Some points are better than no points!)
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The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place.