BMAFD501 – Introduction To Fashion Design Construction

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Module title
Introduction To Fashion Design Construction
This module offers students an introduction to conventional industrial sewing techniques and construction processes. The module introduces students to fundamental fashion design flat pattern drafting principles and design conventions associated with these practices. Students will acquire basic skills in the processes involved in the designing and construction of fashion products through exploration and problem solving to create fashion outputs to a specific brief.
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Not Web enabled
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes

2.1 Use a process which advances the structured and reflective refinement of a design problem
- Identify the problems and issues set in the course brief
- Complete self-directed study and reflect upon working processes
- Demonstrate the structured resolution of a process through the generation, regeneration, manipulation, and refinement of ideas
- Discuss with peers and tutors the individual working process adopted
- Show evidence of independent and interdependent processes for working

2.2 Develop fundamental skill in the use of current industrial sewing machine procedures and apply appropriate sewing techniques to a variety of textiles and materials
- Develop skills in the use of industrial sewing machines to produce fashion products
- Test and apply a variety of techniques to design and construct basic fashion products

2.3 Demonstrate a knowledge of a variety of textiles and materials
- Apply a variety of techniques and construction methods across a range of woven natural and synthetic fibres and fabrics
- Demonstrate and apply an understanding of fabric and fibre types and evaluate their performance and suitability for fashion products
- Test the relationships between 3D form and flat pattern making for garment construction

2.4 Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of manually drafted flat pattern design
- Use conventional terminology to describe flat pattern design
for the development of fashion design concepts
- Use measuring techniques to customise pattern dimensions
- Draft patterns using tools and techniques of flat patternmaking
- Test and apply basic flat pattern design and drafting in the design of fashion garments/fashion products
- construct master patterns (BLOCKS)

2.5.Understand relevant aspects and practices in commercial fashion design
- Produce written and oral analyses of current industry practices
- Review and write descriptions of the use of materials and fabrication conventions
- Reflect critically upon examples and self-practice
- Develop and test rationales for self-practice
- Test the use of selected methods in the production of works
- Conduct conventional presentations of outcomes

2.6. Comprehend the process of a graded assignment
- employ a vocabulary for describing work
- write objectives and assessment criteria
- actively participate in group and class critiques
- consider and reflect upon self and peer design processes and decisions
- participate in ongoing formative assessment
- consider, discuss, and document self and peer performances for graded assessment

3.1 Industrial Sewing
- Setting up, threading, parts and terminology of industrial machines
- Safety and Machine maintenance
- Seams and Stitch types
- Openings, Closures
- Style and Techniques

3.2 Pattern development
- Design and Drafting
- Rule tables and cutting room techniques
- Block making and pattern development

3.3 Fabrics
- Woven
- Synthetic and natural
- Weaves and prints
- Threads and structures

3.4 Conventional practices
- Oral and written text analysis
- Research of ideas and genres
- Manipulation and synthesis of ideas
Learning and Teaching Resource

Lecturer establishes themes and issues for analysis and discussion.
Lecturer constructs models for analysis and discussion of texts and visual works.
Students participate in dialogue and identify relevant themes from lectures and readings.
Students develop their understanding of issues explored in texts and visual works.
Students identify areas of interest that form the basis of an essay, research topic and presentation.
Lecturer negotiates topic, workload, and the form of the presentation with students.
Students participate in collaborative critiques.
Lecturer facilitates students' progress through structured exercises and supervision of regular self-assessment.
Graded assessment performed by self, peers, and tutor.