DCP195 - Fitting, Adjustments and Alterations

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Subject Title
Fitting, Adjustments and Alterations

Subject Description
Ready-made garments often require minor or major alterations in order to achieve the correct hang and fit. Commercial patterns fit standard body measurements and shapes, but individuals often require corrections or adaptations to achieve a garment which compliments the figure correctly. This subject covers techniques used in both areas.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Advanced Couture Sewing Recognition of Achievement or an elective credit in the Fashion Certificate.

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

1. Identify the sources and causes of fitting challenges.

2. Alter the fit of women's garments (skirts, dresses & pants) to correct hang and fitting problems.

3. Make adjustments to commercial patterns of women's skirts, pants & dresses to achieve garments for an individual which hang and fit well.

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DCP110 and DCP120

Topic Outline
1.  The hang and fit of a ready-made garment

2.  Problems of a garment in relationship to hang and fit, and techniques to correct the problems

  • Bodices
  • Skirts
  • Pants
3.  Correct measurements for the required size of a commercial pattern

4.  Correcting for figure problems
  • Sloping shoulders
  • Heavy upper arms
  • Sway back
  • Round shoulders
  • Hollow chest
  • Bust and hip measurements in relationship to the figure size
5.  Correction techniques to be executed with a commercial pattern or blocks for these problem areas

Mode of Instruction
Demonstration followed by practical exercises.

Required Supplies

  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Basic drafting supplies
  • Muslin - 5m
  • 1/2 scale blocks
  • 3 Ring binder
  • White paper for 1/2 scale exercises 
  • Tracing paper, as used in pattern making

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

Alterations of garments  20%
Sample book  50%
Final Project  30%

  • Student individual figure and fit problems are not addressed, but rather problems that are the most common
    which are the most useful to the class as a whole.
  • Pattern homework will be using 1/2 scale pattern blocks.
  • Garment homework will be using full scale garments.

Approved by: Lisa Somers