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Apparel & Fashion Design

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Wednesdays, Feb 26 - May 20 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-APP-3032
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $20


Description

This more extended and in-depth sewing course than Sewing: Introduction familiarizes students with their sewing machine while providing instruction in basic sewing skills. The class reviews sewing kit equipment, needle position, stitch types, the impact of fabric types and qualities, as well as how to avoid bunching and jamming. In addition to learning basic stitches each week for a sample sewing notebook, students practice basic sewing procedures by creating three small simple items such as a pillow, an apron and a tote bag. Students then advance to three larger clothing projects, such as a pair of pull-on pants/short/skirt, a simple shirt or blouse, and a garment with a zipper. This is followed by a group discussion and critique of the work. Note: Students must bring their own sewing machine and sewing/accessories kit to class. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.


Instructor
  • Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Mar 7 - Apr 4 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-TEEN-0420
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $15


Description

Update your wardrobe with a tailormade classic! Choose either the "little black dress," first made famous in 1926 by French designer Coco Chanel, or the button-front shirt, with various options for collar styles. Using a basic pattern as your starting point, you'll learn to adjust the design to suit your personal style. After choosing a fabric, you'll learn to cut and sew the garment, using both hand and machine stitching. The result: a wardrobe essential you’ll proudly wear time and time again. All levels are welcome.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Candace French (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Apr 6 - May 18 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/13
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-APP-3241
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $15


Description

Commercial patterns are the roadmaps of garment sewing. As a student with intermediate sewing skills, you’ll receive individual guidance as you work with patterns to complete up to two to three garments of your choice. You’ll interpret back-of-pattern envelope information to determine pattern sizing, fabric type and yardage, notions, and finished garment measurements. You’ll also discover how to make pattern changes and alterations for desired fit and style, prepare fabric for cutting, decipher pattern directions and symbols, lay out the pattern pieces, transfer markings to the fabric, and sew the project according to pattern directions. Creativity is encouraged, making the course an excellent opportunity to learn from the work of classmates as they sew individual projects. Note: Bring a pattern of your choice to the first class session; bring your sewing machine and its manual to each session.

Prerequisite: Sewing 101 or equivalent sewing experience


Instructor
  • Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 18 - May 16 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-CHILD-1988
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $15


Description

Explore the exciting world of fashion using papers, colored pencils, fashion magazines, fabrics, trims, embellishments, mannequins and sewing tools. Watch runway shows, learn about fashion from different eras and create your own clothing collection. You'll draw concept fashion designs, fabricate creations on mini dress forms, accessorize with ideas for shoes, bags and hats and finally, invent a logo to promote your new clothing line.


Instructor
  • Name: Candace French (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Apr 8 - May 20 | 5:30-8:30pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CS-APP-1787
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $40


Description

Realizing fashion ideas usually starts with strong fashion drawing skills. Students in this course are introduced to the croquis, the nine head fashion figure, as a foundational tool for designing. Working from observation, class begins with gesture drawings of models as students learn to capture the movement and direction of both the figure and clothing. Focus is on how to represent the fabric and draping based on how a garment hangs on the body, while suggesting the form underneath. Attention is paid to proportions and scale while capturing the essentials of drawing faces and other details. Students also learn to express attitude by drawing their own fashion. Flat sketching techniques to incorporate garment construction details, including front and back views, are introduced. Mood boards help students to convey concepts, color stories and themes for individual collections, as well as identify strands of interest. Use of a sketchbook to explore fashion style and point of view, as well as exploration of different media, is encouraged.


Instructor
  • Name: Christina Savas (Bio)
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