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DRAMA 317 A: Introduction to Costume Construction

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MW 8:30am - 11:50am
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Deborah Skorstad
Deborah Skorstad

Syllabus Description:

Drama 317 Summer 2021

CosPlay Intensive

Construction techniques applicable to theatrical costuming, fashion design and textile arts. Lecture, demonstration and practical lab.  Student will be graded on class participation and completion of project.

Class 1:                                                                                                              10%

Students should come prepared with character or garment design and research.


Students will thread machines, wind bobbin, change needle, change stitch length, reverse, back stitch.  Video Demo Link

Pressing Demo


Sewing Machine hand outs


Rules for using the sewing machine.pdf

Stitching Exercise

Spiral Sewing Template.jpg

Square Sewing Template.jpg

Basic Seam Allowance Demo



 Class 2:                                                                                                                       10%

Students should come prepared with detailed research, fabric or fabrication supplies. GunDam Girl sketches.JPG

Discuss modifying commercial patterns, drafting patterns and draping patterns.

Review use of sewing machines, seam techniques and vocabulary.

Mock Ups begin

 Class 3:

Fabric Layout Demo                                                                     10%


Work in shop or small Zoom groups


Class 4:

Serger Demo, Seam Finish Demo, Hem and Casing Demo       10%

Work in shop or small Zoom group


 Class 5:

                Demo TBD                                                                                           10%

                Fittings and check in.

               Work in shop or personalized Zoom meeting. Project to be well under way


 Class 6:

                 Demo TBD

 Vocabulary review                                                                             10%

 Work in shop or small Zoom meeting

 Class 7: 

                Demo    TBD                                                                                          10%            

                Work in shop or small Zoom meeting. Project should be substantially completed

 Class 8:

                Projects Completed                                                                             30%

                Class show and tell/modeling or display

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to clothing construction techniques applicable to theatrical costumes, fashion design, and textile arts. Includes lectures, demonstrations, and practice lab.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
February 24, 2021 - 9:56pm