TopCraft: Mastering the Art of Shirt_Blouse Creation

shirt design


Shirt design is a progression from  Crafting the Perfect Fit course. Students will learn to add a variety of sleeves to the top design. Students will begin with the basics & learn about major styles, materials to measurements. After they have mastered this technique, students will move on to cuffs, collars and finally button design. As the course progresses, students will construct their final bodice/top using calico fabric and make a real shirt our of fabric using their template.

  • What does the course cover?

    • Shirt prototypes
    • Major styles with shirts
    • Activity: research shirts – download styles
    • Shirt technical drawings
    • Typical materials used for shirt design


    • Standard body measurements
    • Activity: mannequin measurement activity
    • Button hole samples
    • Cuff sample
    • Collar sample design
    • Refresh on how to cut a bodice


    • Different grains- patterns and stripes
    • Patterns in materials
    • Dart manipulation
    • Dart activity with card and sewing machine
    • Sleeve types


    • Create a working design visual for a shirt
    • Estimate the cost and time required to make a shirt
    • Fabric preparation for pattern cutting
    • Calico fabric for sample pieces
    • Produce and sew with selected material.


    • Develop a statement of intent
    • Produce a range of samples specific to a chosen design
    • Introduction to pattern making: scale size ¼
    • Measurements and pattern cutting
    • Creating a pattern block from cardboard scale size 1/1


    • Construct shirt using machine stitching to a selected design
    • Finish & final fitting for shirt
    • Present the shirt following a design specification
    • Produce a cost sheet
    • Produce production timescales
    • Evaluate completed shirt


  • Dates

    • June 19th  to  July 10th Wednesday – In Studio 9:00AM to 1:00PM
  • Cost

    • In Studio- 2800 AED


  • Available for online training?


  • Requirements

    • Fashion Foundations: Introduction to Fashion Design
    • Bodice Basics: Crafting the Perfect Fit
  • Materials

      1. Paper scissors ( one per student)
      2. Large fabric cutting scissors  (one per student)
      3. Small fabric scissors ( one per student)
      4. Small box with pins
      5. Small box with safety pins
      6. Loop turner
      7. Set of sewing needles
      8. Thimble
      9. Unpicker
      10. Tape measure
      11. Notcher
      12. Tracing wheel
      13. French curve
      14. Square
      15. Chalk / chalk pencil
      16. Pencils
      17. Thread set
      18. Hooks and eyes set

      *Spare equipment is available in class

      **Sewing machines are provided for class however, it is recommended to have a sewing machine at home for practice.

  • Internship & Work

    Internships and the work placement program is only in conjunction with the Diploma. If you would like work placements it is recommended to take the Fashion Design Diploma.