Inseam Insights: Mastering Trouser Tailoring

Trouser construction


In this advanced fashion design course, students will learn about trouser construction, one of the most technically advanced garments in fashion. Students will begin with the basics & learn about major styles, materials to measurements. As the course progresses, students will practice how to make pockets, waistlines and zips & finally construct their final trousers using calico fabric.

  • What does the course cover?

    Fashion Design 6: Trouser construction

    • Trouser prototypes
    • Major styles with trousers
    • Major trouser lengths styles
    • Activity: research trousers – download styles
    • Trouser technical drawings
    • Typical materials used for trouser design


    • Standard body measurements
    • Activity: mannequin measurement activity
    • Sewing machine refresher
    • Ease and darts on trousers
    • Pockets, waistbands, zips
    • Finishing techniques with pleats, belt loops or pin tucks
    • Dart manipulation


    • Create a working design visual for trousers
    • Estimate the cost and time required to make trousers.
    • Fabric preparation for pattern cutting
    • Calico fabric for sample pieces


    • 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


    • Preparation of materials for cutting
    • Introduction to pressing and ironing techniques
    • Lay plan for cutting with sustainable material waste


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


  • Dates

    • May  22nd  to  June 12th Wednesday – In Studio 9:00AM to 1:00PM
  • Cost

    • In Studio- 3000 AED


  • Available for online training?


  • Requirements

    Fashion Foundations: Introduction to Fashion Design

  • 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.