Custom Apparel Construction and Alterations

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

Students enrolled in this program will have developed advanced skills in apparel construction as well as custom techniques to repair, fit, and alter ready-to-wear clothing.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • analyze and identify textile fibers, yarn fabrications, dyestuffs and finishes and how these relate to performance and serviceability of materials.
  • apply the elements and principles of design as related to apparel for individuals in contemporary western fashion as compared to the influence of past fashion and other cultures.
  • assemble apparel and interior design soft furnishing products applying techniques that meet the standards of quality construction for sewn products.
  • integrate proper use, care, and maintenance of sewing machinery, equipment and notions.
  • apply pattern and fabric selection to appropriate designs that develop required sewing skills.
  • demonstrate the ability to make garment pieces fit each other and the body that wears them; adjust patterns to body measurements and contours.
  • manipulate pattern blocks and develop style changes with the flat pattern method of designing first patterns from a designer’s trade sketch for a targeted customer.
  • exhibit on-the-job skills such as punctuality, working with people, negotiating, pricing, record keeping, communicating, resource development, and professional practices.
  • analyze the fit of ready-to-wear and custom sewn garments and solve fitting problems, using industry methods and equipment.
  • construct devices to apply the evaluation of fit problems and the ability to solve figure differences in the garment through fitting skills.
  • manipulate fabrics on a dress form to create designs without the use of drafted patterns using a variety of fabrics and design concepts.

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

The Associate in Arts degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Career Opportunities

Entry level jobs in this field can be found in dry-cleaning establishments, clothing stores, and department stores. This program can also prepare the student for self-employment. Other examples include, Alteration Specialist, Costume Designer, Museum Curator, Textile Restoration, Bridal Consultant, Entrepreneur, Design Room Assistant, First Pattern Maker, Grader, and Tailor.

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grades of “C” or better or equivalent.

Career Opportunities

Entry level jobs in this field may be found in dry-cleaning establishments, clothing stores, and department stores. This program can also prepare the student for self-employment.