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Gowns & Party Dresses




8 weeks

Session Dates

Oct 24 - Dec 12

Days/Times Offered (All PST)

Tu 5-6:30 pm



Have you ever wondered how those stunning gowns on the red carpet stay properly positioned with no wardrobe malfunctions? In this class each student will create a beautiful one-of-a-kind gown or party dress that fits perfectly. The dress will be supported by a form-fitting boned facing that serves to keep everything in its proper place.


  • Muslin for test garment

  • Muslin, batiste, or bobbinet for corselet

  • Fashion fabric for gown

  • Lining fabric for gown

  • Spiral boning (we will go over this in class)

  • 1 yd. white or natural silk organza

  • Hook and eye tape for corselet

  • 1 yd. (more for larger waistlines) grosgrain or petersham ribbon, 1’ to 1 1⁄4” wide

  • Nylon horsehair

  • Students will select a pattern of their choice. It should be a strapless dress with a fitted bodice.


  • Fitting a pattern for a strapless gown

  • Making a corselet

  • Adding boning to a garment

  • Sewing in a zipper by hand

  • much more

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