Mudite Grivina

Fashion Design lecturer

Fashion Design lecturer at Dar Al - Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


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Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to basic sewing techniques and provides an overview of the fundamentals of sewing skills necessary to construct a garment. Students learn about equipment and sewing tools that are used by fashion designers. Students also learn the techniques of sewing machine operation and garment construction needed to master the basic principles of clothing construction.

Course Objectives:

  • Upon completion of this course, students are expected to:
  • Learn to execute a basic well- finished garment
  • Explore and learn the sewing techniques needed to create a basic garment.
  • Observe and use creatively the sewing techniques covered in this course
  • Develop technical skills while using their aptitude as source of inspiration for their designs.
  • Be able to analyze technically a fully constructed garment and its details.
  • Understand and complete a full garment that indicates the course level of complexity.


Course Topics:

  • Hand Stitching
  • Seams types
  • Closures:
  • Buttons / Buttonholes and Zippers
  • Garment details
  • Setting sleeves
  • Collars
  • Seam finishes


Special Projects/Activities to Be Completed Outside of Scheduled Classes:

  1. Library research
  2. Constructed sleeveless basic bodice with neckline variations.
  3. Constructed A-line Skirt, with waistband and front zipper, back yoke, top stitched seams
  4. The Sample Book containing all samples and notes demonstrating the understanding of the topics covered in this course will be submitted for evaluation periodically throughout the semester.​


  • Textbooks / Resources:
    • Crawford, C. A. (2006). A Guide to Fashion Sewing (5th Edition). USA: Fairchild Publications
    • Jaffe, H. and Relis, N. (2004). Draping for Fashion Design (4th Edition). Prentice Hall Publishers, USA. ISBN-10: 0131109375 / ISBN-13: 9780131109377.


Alternative Textbooks:

  1. Cole, J. and Czachor, S. (2009). Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers. Fairchild Publications, USA. ISBN: 978-1-56367-516-4.
  2. Cole, J. and Czachor, S. (2009). Sample Workbook to Accompany Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers. Fairchild Publications, USA.  ISBN: 978-1-56367-614-7


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