Basque Patterns

This project will be executed by the Design students. There is an alternate project for Product Development students.

A basque is a strapless corset-like garment that extends past the natural waist.

We will be using this as the foundation to an evening gown. Think "classic Dior".

  • Basque gown design pattern:

    • your design must:

      • be strapless or halter
      • extend somewhere between the hipbones and the knees (the bodice, that is)
      • have a big, fluffy, tulle-supported skirt
        • with a petticoat
      • be fully lined and appropriately faced
      • be fully boned
      • have a zipper or other appropriate closure
      • seam allowances must be appropriate for fabric, seam finishes, and market
      • hem allowances must be appropriate for design, fabric, and market
      • be gorgeous
    • the pattern must:

      • utilize the princess torso sloper (welcome to modify the living daylights out of it)
      • Include:
        • the gown pattern
        • the lining
        • the underlining (support)
        • the petticoat
        • facings
        • interfacing
        • instructions for cutting tulle (# of layers, size of of panels) if using rectangles
        • proper patterns for ANYTHING that is not a rectangle
        • show all placement marks (like boning, tulle tiers, and closures)
        • leave NOTHING to guess
        • MUST submit the tulle/tier math.

Note: there is a pre-submission deadline for the muslin foundation. Missing this deadline will result in a 30pt deduction from the muslin grade.


  1. A complete paper pattern using the pattern guidelines (neatness REALLY counts) (85%)
  2. A test muslin using the muslin guidelines. Use similar weight fabric and tulle to intended fashion fabric for the design pattern (last pattern). (15%)
  3. A Direction Card for the pattern. (5%)
  4. Tier Math Worksheet (part of pattern grade).


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