Year 11 Textile and Fashion Technology - Sewing 101, Back to Basics

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: R. Pedersen

This course is an introduction to students with an interest in Textile Fashion Technology who wish to build their basic skills.

Students will grow their confidence working in the textile workshop and developing techniques to create quality textile projects.

Led by students' personal interests, this practical course will cover the fundamentals of sewing and garment construction, including fabric and pattern selection, basic modification and construction techniques.

Students will complete two projects.

Project one - Reverse engineering, working from a finished product they will observe, analyse and problem solve to make an exact replica of their starting product. This is a short project which gets students used to the workroom and to get them looking at how things are made and finished to inform their own practice.

Project two - Students will select their own comercial pattern to work from based on their skill level and aesthetic tastes. They will each learn any language / terms used in the instructions and follow them to make a well finished and functional outcome. 

Past projects have ranged from pencil cases through to evening dresses depending on students skill level.

Reading, comprehending and following a commercial pattern. Fabric selection, measuring and cutting skills, as well as, both hand and machine stitching. 

This course students that are willing to refine their work and skills, potentially repeating techniques until the master them.


Year 12 Textiles and Fashion Technology

Contributions and Equipment

Final product: $20 (optional)
Students also have the option to purchase more specialised materials, equipment or resources for their individual projects. (e.g: developing screens for printing vs hand cut, pine vs rimu) they will need to be mindful of this when working through the design process.

Recommended Prior Learning

Open entry

Pathway Tags

Dress making, Pattern drafting, Fashion Design