Course Policies
  • Overview of the Course
    • Course Description:

Study and application of intermediate techniques of patternmaking using flat pattern, draping, and the computer.
Undergraduate Course.  Cannot be repeated for credit.
Required Course for Fashion Design Students. 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Skills Assessment/Portfolio Review I and Flat Pattern FADS 2331 or FMGT 3331 Draping FADS 3325 or FMGT 4325 and instructor signature.
(changing to Draping FADS 3325 or Knits 4310 and instructor signature)

Course Rationale:
Students are required to understand the principles of flat pattern and draping as the basis for apparel design.  Learning how flat pattern, draping, and computer patternmaking work together produces stronger understanding of the pattern making and design processes.

B.  List of Topics

  • Drafting
  • Testing patterns
  • Flat pattern combined with draping
  • Gerber pattern making
  • Grading
  • Japanese patternmaking techniques
  • Knits
  • Linings and understructures

  • Course Requirements/Learning Outcomes:


Course Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

The objectives will be assessed by:

Develop and utilize advanced slopers

The sloper project and all subsequent projects

Create and analyze how to apply grade rules to a basic garment

The grading project

Analyze and evaluate the similarities and differences between flat pattern, drafting, draping, and computerized patternmaking

A combination of all the course projects

Interpret and utilize non-traditional patternmaking techniques

The Japanese patternmaking project

Analyze a garment design and translate the design into complete production pattern

The course final project

Performance Level:  To obtain an “A” in this course, the student must maintain accuracy as well as a high level of creativity and accuracy all of their work.  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.


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, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Title III of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), the University ensures accessibility to its programs, services and activities for qualified students with documented disabilities. To qualify for services, the student must provide Student Disability Services with the appropriate documentation of his or her disability at the time services and/or accommodations are requested.

Under the Department of Education’s (DOE) regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University does not discriminate against any student on the basis of pregnancy or pregnancy related conditions.

To request reasonable accommodations for disability, temporary disability (e.g., injury, surgery) or pregnancy, please contact:

Student Disability Services
4301 Broadway CPO 295
Administration Building – Suite 51
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 829-3997
(210) 283-6329

Unlawful discrimination has no place at the University of the Incarnate Word. It violates the University’s core values, including its commitment to equal opportunity and inclusion, and will not be tolerated. The University of the Incarnate Word prohibits sexual misconduct, that can include: (1) sex and gender based discrimination; (2) sexual and sex and gender based harassment (including a hostile environment based on sex or gender); (3) sexual assault; (4) sexual exploitation; (5) stalking; and (6) relationship violence (including dating and domestic violence). For more information, or to report an incident, please visit

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 record, unauthorized reuse of work, theft, and collusion. See the student handbook for definitions and procedures for investigation of claims of academic dishonesty.



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.

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
- No food or drink in the sewing or computer labs
- No portable music devices during class without the expressed consent of the teacher
- No sleeping in class
- 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
- No cell phones, pagers, PDA phones in classrooms (turn them off)
- No portable video game systems during class
- No laptops unless they are part of the on-going lesson
- No working on unrelated topics in class
- No walking in front of the teacher while they are teaching
- Only enrolled students may be in the classroom during class
- No late work
- Departmental supplies are for in-class work

My additional policies:

  • No food or drink in the drawing lab.  Leave all drinks, including water at the classroom door.  (It is too easy to ruin your or someone else’s work with grease, crumbs, liquids, or other results of food and drink.)
  • 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):
- Cheating on tests, examinations or other class or laboratory work
- Involvement in plagiarism (appropriation of another’s work and the unacknowledged incorporation of that work in one’s own written work offered for credit)
- Counterfeit work, including turning in as one’s own, work which was created, researched or produced by someone else
- Falsification of Academic Records- knowingly and improperly changing grades on transcripts, grade sheets, electronic data sheets, class reports, projects, or other academically related documents
- Unauthorized reuse of work- turning in of the same work to more than one class without the consent of the instructors involved
- 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
- Collusion- involvement in collusion (unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing course work)
- Facilitating Academic Dishonesty – intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate a provision of the code of academic integrity


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