Dress Dreamworks: Sewing Your Signature Style

Fashion Design Level 5 - Dress Construction


In this advanced Fashion Design course, students will tie together their previous fashion courses to understand dress construction. Students will begin with the basics & learn about major styles, materials to measurements. After they have mastered this technique, students will start understanding the basics of draping on a mannequin for evening gowns creating interesting, beautifully organic shapes.

  • What does the course cover?

    • Dress prototypes
    • Major styles with dress
    • Activity: research dress – download styles
    • Dress technical drawings
    • Typical materials used for dress design


    • Standard body measurements
    • Activity: mannequin measurement activity
    • Seams with dress design
    • Dart manipulation
    • Introduction to embellishing techniques
    • Introduction to draping with fabric for evening gowns


    • Create a working design visual for a dress
    • Estimate the cost and time required to make a dress
    • 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
    • Pattern construction and making: in 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 dress using machine stitching to a selected design
    • Finish & final fitting for dress
    • Present the dress following a design specification
    • Produce a cost sheet
    • Produce production timescales
    • Evaluate completed dress.


  • Dates

    • • June 18th  to  July 9th Tuesday – In Studio 9:00AM to 1:00PM
  • Cost

    • In Studio- 2900 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.