This class is designed to help students develop patterning skills and an effective patterning imagination. They should be able to look at a costume sketch and know how to efficiently create a pattern that will turn the two dimensional picture into a three dimensional costume.
Early 19th Century Coat, tailored in wool.
Both flat patterning and draping techniques will be used, with more emphasis in the beginning on flat patterning. Students must learn to recognize what a costume piece might look like, and also know what method might be the most effective when developing that particular shape.
Beginning projects include period bodices and skirts, sleeves, trousers and knee breeches. Advanced assignments could involve complex period shapes, tailoring, millinary, dyeing and specialized craft projects.
Skirt shapes depend on gore shapes, as well as the proper petticoats.
Lady Bracknell's costume based on skirt pattern at left, plus corset and petticoats.
Students interested in this area should be fascinated by fabrics and shapes and remain flexible in their approach to problems.
Costumes for the Leatherstocking Tales needed leathers and rustic fabrics to create 17th Century Pennsylvania