Course Policies

Overview of the Course

A. Course Description:

Study and application of basic principles and techniques of flat pattern development. 

Course Rationale:
Students are required to understand the principles of flat pattern as the basis for apparel design.  Flat pattern making is the application of a 2 dimensional patterning process for the 3 dimensional human body.  Pattern development requires reasoning, creativity, and precision technical skill.  Skills in pattern making are achieved through practice and knowledge of basic pattern manipulation.

B.  Course Objectives:

  • To identify flat pattern principles
  • To apply flat pattern manipulation to basic design including bodices, skirts, dresses, sleeves, collars, and necklines
  • To understand how the 2 dimensional shape translates to the 3 dimensional form
  • A thorough understanding and use of the pattern makers tools
  • To develop speed and accuracy when patterning garments
  • To recognize garment shape and how to apply flat pattern to create shape
  • To understand test fitting and truing the pattern
  • To gain a basic understanding of the Gerber software and equipment


List of Topics

  • Identification and Usage of Patternmaking Tools
  • Ease
  • Grain and Fabric Usage
  • Basic Flat Pattern Principles: Dart Rotation, Slash & Spread
  • Use of Basic Sloper in Design Variations
  • Design Variations of the Bodice, Skirt, Sleeve, Collar, Closures, and Necklines
  • Fitting Devices: Gathers, Tucks, Pleats, and Ease
  • Truing and Altering the Pattern
  • Digitizing on the Gerber system and basic Gerber routines


      C.  Course Requirements/Learning Outcomes:

To Learn and Demonstrate

  • Proper Measuring Technique
  • Knowledge of Pattern Manipulation through dart rotation and slash and spread
  • Ability to Pattern a selection of bodice, sleeve, skirt, collar, closures, and necklines
  • Working knowledge of all Patternmaking Tools
  • Accuracy when Truing and Altering patterns
  • Consistent growth throughout semester in pattern making skills
  • Ability to use the Gerber system for basic techniques

To create

  • Compiled Notebook of Design Variations and pattern assessments

Assessment Methods:
The course requirements will be assessed by:
Projects, assignments, classroom activities, and continuous interaction with the students.

Performance Level:  To obtain an “A” in this course, the student must maintain accuracy as well as a high level of creativity in all of their illustrations.  In addition, every project is to be on time, and no more than 2 excused absences.  Only the highest-level students will receive an “A”.  Simply being present and turning in assignments does not “entitle” one to an “A”.  Nor does it “entitle” one to any other passing grade.  Only absolute excellence in work and a terrific attitude as well as other factors earns one an “A”.  Even just to receive a passing grade will require a lot of hard work and diligence to meet the requirements of the course and the assignments.  A passing grade does not mean that the project was merely completed, but that it was also deemed acceptable by the instructor and met ALL of the guidelines.

Course Policies:
Please read the assignments before coming to class.  The reading assignments, lecture discussions and projects are intended to complement each other.  This course, as with most fashion courses, is extremely rigorous, and if you are current with your reading you will get more out of your class time.  Ask questions.  Chances are if you are confused, so are others.  At times you all will be confused, so maintain your sense of humor.

The syllabus presents the anticipated schedule, however the time schedule is not written in stone.  Although I expect to keep to the dates in general, I like to allow some flexibility.  The raising of questions during class time is welcomed and encouraged.  If I don’t have the answer to your question I will try to obtain it within a reasonable period of time.  I hope that each of you will share your experiences and knowledge with the class.  If any instructions or assignments are not clear, please ask me about them so that I can clarify any potential problems for all students in the course.

Class Participation: 
Participation in all classes is expected and required.  All work is expected to be turned in on time.  All supplies, tools, and texts must be brought.  If you are unprepared, you will be sent home and counted absent.

  1. Disability statement: 

Disability Accommodations:
The University of the Incarnate Word is committed to providing a supportive, challenging, diverse and integrated environment for all students. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act – Subpart E and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the University ensures accessibility to its programs, services and activities for qualified students with documented disabilities.

For more information, contact the Student Disability Services Office:

Director, Moisés Torrescano
Academic Counselor, Cynthia Pino
Location Administration Building – Room 105
Phone (210) 829-3997
Fax (210) 829-6078



In the spirit of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the mission of this University, the fashion department has accepted as its charger for the 2006-2007 academic year, the pursuit of the value of respect; personal, departmental and universal.
We intend to implement this value by
                  -Treating each other with courtesy
                  -Attempting to recognize the divine in each one of us
                  -Recognizing the dignity of each individual

The Incarnate Word of God teaches us to treat ourselves, our peers, our superiors, and our community with thoughtful consideration.  Thoughtfulness in our words and actions can do much to create a positive and successful learning environment.

NB:  The following rules are in addition to the University of the Incarnate Word Student Code of Conduct published in the student handbook, available in the Student Activities Office.

Students are to respect the rights of others by treating faculty and classmates with respect.  They are to respect the property of others and to use departmental supplies and equipment carefully.

In addition, please

  1. No food or drink in the sewing or computer labs (including the pattern lab!)
  2. No portable music devices during class without the expressed consent of the teacher
  3. No sleeping in class
  4. Students should refrain from any unnecessary disruptive talking during class (faculty encourage an open environment in which everyone has the right to express their own opinions and ideas).  However, everyone should be able to do so without having to talk over any of their peers in order to be heard
  5. Turn off cell phones, pagers, PDA phones in classrooms
  6. No portable video game systems during class
  7. No laptops unless they are part of the on-going lesson
  8. No working on unrelated topics in class
  9. No walking in front of the teacher while they are teaching
  10. Only students enrolled in the class my be in the classroom during class
  11. No late work
  12. Departmental supplies are for in-class work

My additional policy:

    1. No leaving the classroom during lecture except in the case of emergency.  It is just considered impolite to walk out while someone is lecturing or presenting, plus you are likely to miss vital information.

The highest standards of academic honesty are expected in the course.  Forms of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to cheating, plagiarism, counterfeit work, falsification of academic records, unauthorized reuse of work, theft, collusion.  See the student handbook for definitions and procedures for investigations of claims of academic dishonesty.

Forms of Academic Dishonesty (including but not limited to):

  1. Cheating on tests, examinations or other class or laboratory work
  2. Involvement in plagiarism (appropriation of another’s work and the unacknowledged incorporation of that work in one’s own written work offered for credit)
  3. Counterfeit work, including turning in as one’s own, work which was created, researched or produced by someone else
  4. Falsification of Academic Records- knowingly and improperly changing grades on transcripts, grade sheets, electronic data sheets, class reports, projects, or other academically related documents
  5. Unauthorized reuse of work- turning in of the same work to more than one class without the consent of the instructors involved
  6. Theft- unauthorized use or circulation of tests or answer sheets specifically prepared for a given course and as yet not used or publicly released by the instructor of the course, or theft of completed tests
  7. Collusion- involvement in collusion (unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing course work)
  8. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty – intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate a provision of the code of academic integrity

GRADING OF GARMENTS (and Assignments/Projects)

    • Garments (Assignments/Projects) must be entirely completed to be graded
    • Grading will be based on quality according to the rubrics (specifications) for each construction course
    • The student will have to have a C or better to proceed to the next level in the fashion degree plan
    • No late work or extra credit will be accepted
    • IPs will only be issued in extreme circumstances

    NB:  The student will have to earn a C or better to proceed to the next level in the fashion degree plan.


2331 Syllabus