DCP103 - Basics of Garment Construction

Outline info
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Subject Title
Basics of Garment Construction

Subject Description
This subject introduces students to the industrial sewing machine, simple patterns and basic fabric preparation. Preparation of fabric, correct measuring, layouts & cutting procedures precede the construction of two garments. Garments are constructed using recognized industrial methods with an industrial single needle machine and a serger.

Credit Status
This is a required credit toward the Garment Construction and Pattern Making Recognition of Achievement or the Fashion Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Prepare the industrial sewing machine and serger for use: thread and correct tension.

2. Operate the industrial sewing machine and serger.

3. Use patterns following the correct cutting instructions.

4. Produce a two-piece cotton outfit, which includes a skirt with side pockets, back zipper and waistband and a short sleeved top with faced neckline.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Introduction to equipment, machine, irons, etc.
  • Use and care of the sewing machine
  • Threading the bobbin & machine
  • Machine practice
  • Checking the stitch and tension
  • Use of the iron
  • Seam construction
  • Darts & tucks
  • Measurements
  • Facings
  • Pattern work: reading the envelope information sheet
  • Fabric requirements choices for project
  • Hems
  • Work on top. Pressing techniques
  • Elastic waist and waistbands
  • Pockets
  • Zippers
  • Skirt construction

Mode of Instruction
Demonstration followed by practice. 

Prescribed Texts
DCP103 Study Guide, Seneca College Bookstore

Required Supplies

  • 10" sharp pointed cutting shears
  • 18" - clear "C-Thru" plastic ruler
  • tape measure
  • 1 box steel pins
  • thread clippers
  • tailor chalk
  • stitch ripper
  • garment bag
  • pencils, notebook
  • 3-ring binder (largest you can find)
  • paper to fit binder
  • 2 - 7" zippers
  • small screwdriver
  • tweezers or serging wire
  • 5m medium weight muslin (unbleached calico) interfacing for 2 outfits
  • 2 cones of sewing thread (contrast colour) Poly/cotton fabric for 2 outfits
  • 2 patterns (to be explained)
  • Juki Industrial Machine Kit: foot and screw, bobbin case, 2 bobbins, zipper foot and machine needles, size 16 x 257 (available at the bookstore) 

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Term Work and Final Examination Requirements:

To pass this subject, students must achieve the learning outcomes specified in this subject outline.  This achievement is determined through the completion of all subject components.  Students must pass both term work and final exam or final assignment (if the final assignment is in lieu of the final exam) in order to pass the subject (minimum passing grade 50%). 
If you are unable to complete the Final Exam/Assignment in this subject, you must provide documentation to support the absence to the instructor within one week.  If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotion meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade.

All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy http://www.senecac.on.ca/academic-policy/acpol-08.html.

Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class.  Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class.  Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Skirt Project #  1  20%
Top Project #  2 20%
Quiz 10%
Sewing machine test 10%
Assigned Sewing Samples (21) 40%
Total 100%

Approved by: Lisa Somers