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SFD01) Fashion Design: Sewing (Basics)

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About this class

This course is designed to provide a brief creative fashion design process from design to construction, focusing on the basic sewing techniques with a brief overview of fabrics and patterns. The focus is on collarless basic-daywear dress or basic Abaya sample construction for participants with little or no sewing experience. 

Class Outline

Course Outlines

  1. Introduce creative fashion design processes, roles of fashion professionals, and professional fashion vocabularies
  2. Introduce basic construction tools and supplies, followed by exploring basic sewing techniques
  3. Discuss measurements, basic design details, fabric choices, and cutting
  4. Introduce a master pattern and types of seam treatments
  5. Introduce a couple of design details among cuffs, pockets, hem, facing, or plackets
  6. Continued exploring design details
  7.  Discuss finishes: hand stitching and fitting
  8. Complete at least one sample garment

Materials needed

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

In order to fully participate in the practical exercises, please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Bring two garments to analyze (preferably one top and one bottom, one-piece dress or abaya) for the first class
  • Steel dressmaking pins (not glass-headed or plastic headed pins) and pin holder
  • Measuring tape (60 inches long)
  • Fabric scissors and paper scissors
  • Small pointed trimming scissors
  • Pinking shears (optional)
  • Magic scotch tape
  • Needle-pointed tracing wheel
  • 4H and 2B pencils, as well as a sharpener
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Fine-liner pens (4 red, 2 blue, and 2 black recommended)
  • Pattern notcher, awl, and pattern hooks
  • Hand sewing needles and thread spools (at least black and white) for sewing
  • Set of L-square, hip curve, French curve, and vary form curve
  • 18inch clear plastic ruler with grids
  • Muslin, oak tag, pattern paper, and stuffed arm (can be discussed more in details on the first day if necessary)

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:
  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq


Start: Wed, 2 Feb, 2022
End: Wed, 23 Mar, 2022
Lessons: 8
Days: Wednesday
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: VCUQatar
Cost: QAR 1550


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Yang Soon Ju

Yang Soon Ju (Elizabeth) is an interdisciplinary designer and entrepreneur with an MFA in Design Studies and a BFA in Fashion Design from VCUarts Qatar.
She has engaged with numerous projects/events and developed designs/collections in partnership with community organizations: to name a few, Doha Film Institute, Tim MakowerArchitects, Sidra Medicine/Hospital, Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition, Doha Festival City, and Galeries Lafayette and Tasmeem Biennial Art and Design Conference. Her entrepreneurial positions in Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Qatar span two decades, ranging from founding an English-speaking school; textile trading, and designing/producing household items and specialty clothing, as well as marketing those products, to consulting in financial auditing/ bookkeeping and business management. In addition to her entrepreneurial initiatives, she currently teaches in the Fashion Design department and Continuing Education and Community/Continuing education programs at VCUarts Qatar.


To register for this course, access the form.