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Clothing Construction

Award Type: Certificate of Competency

The certificate meets the needs of entry-level sewing students and is designed for noncredit students who wish to transfer to a credit degree program, upgrade job skills, start their own business, or enter a new career.

The graduate of the Certificate of Competency in Clothing Construction will:

  • Identify and utilize basic sewing notions (tape measure, pins, seam gauge, shears, chalk, tracing paper and wheel, beeswax, seam ripper, needles, and needle threader.
  • Perform basic sewing machine functions including threading the needle; winding the bobbin; adjusting tension, pressure and stitch length/width; and changing presser feet and needles.
  • Decipher pattern-making symbols and use appropriate method of accurately making them on the fabric.
  • Construct a garment (style dependent on skill level of student) that is durable, aesthetically pleasing, and fits the intended wearer.
  • Alter a fitted blouse or jacket pattern to adjust for shoulder width, full bust, sway back, and rounded back.
  • Use grain line, structure line, and wrinkle evaluation techniques to recognize and suggest solutions for poor fit

Program Requirements

A total of 368 hours is required for the certificate. Required core courses:

Course Number Course Title Units
HOEC 7100A Beg Clothing Construction 60.0 - 68.0 hours
HOEC 7101A Clothing Construction 2 60.0 - 68.0 hours
HOEC 7103A Clothing Alterations 60.0 - 68.0 hours
HOEC 7105A Sewing With Special Fabrics 60.0 - 68.0 hours
HOEC 7108A Serger Sewing 45.0 - 51.0 hours
HOEC 7115A Fitting & Pattern Alterations 60.0 - 68.0 hours