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Clothing 2 Sample Notebook

Curriculum Tie:

Time Frame:
6 class periods that run 90 minutes each.

Group Size:
Small Groups


This is an outline of a sample notebook that can be used for Clothing 2. This helps the students master skills before sewing on their projects. The students, in small groups, watch a demonstration on how to make each of these samples. Then the teacher gives individual help when needed.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Apparel Design and Production II
Strand 4 Standard 7

Identify each of the following zipper applications, and construct one or more: centered, lapped, fly, exposed/sport, invisible.

Centered zippers are found on a variety of garments, including dresses, skirts and pants. Centered zippers align the seam over the zipper teeth and the zipper tape is covered by symmetrical overlaps on each side. Parallel lines of topstitching flank the seam.
Lapped zippers are sewn to completely hide the zipper under a flap of fabric, and are found in skirts, pants, and center backs of dresses.
Fly zippers are used in pants. Women's garments lap right over left, and men's garments lap left over right.
Exposed zippers are sewn directly on the outside of the garment. The zipper tape becomes a decorative feature. When installing an exposed zipper, turn the seam allowances to the right side, topstitch the zipper over the seam allowance to cover the fabric edge.
Invisible zippers, when inserted correctly, are unnoticeable except for the zipper pull. They are incredibly flexible and soft, making them ideal for fine fabrics.

*See Apparel Design and Prouduction II (pdf) for illustration


The students are provided with the fabric, thread, zippers, and hand sewing needles that they need to complete the samples. The TAs cut the fabric to the correct sizes that the students need and put them in a plastic bag with the other materials. The fabric is purchased at Wal-Mart for a dollar a yard. Wal-Mart thread is puchased for these samples because it is cheap. The students are told about the importance of buying high quality thread for their projects.


  • Sample_Notebook_2.doc
    This is what I hand out to the students to complete the samples. This includes my Rubric as well.
  • Sample_Notebook_2.pdf
    This is what I hand out to the students to complete the samples. This includes my Rubric as well.

Background For Teachers:

  • Knowledge of how to sew
  • Helping students be able to master these advanced skills.

    Student Prior Knowledge:
    The students take a pre-test at the beginning of the class. Students that have had little or no experience usually complete these samples. The other students complete samples that are at a beginning level.

    Intended Learning Outcomes:
    The students need to be able to learn how to complete more advanced sewing skills. This gives them good practice so that when they later use these techniques on their projects they know how to perform them.

    Instructional Procedures:
    Before having the students complete these samples, they learn about sergers and how to identfy serger parts. The students, in small groups, see a demonstration on how to complete each of these samples. Then when the students are completing the samples the teacher moves around the room and helps the students on a more indvidual basis. Aa sample notebook is also provided for the students so they can see how to do each of the samples step- by-step.

    Strategies For Diverse Learners:
    Students in class who aren't able to speak any English are still able to master these samples. Because they see a demonstration, it helps them see what they are going to do. Also the students are provided with a sample notebook that shows them how to do each sample, step by step. This not only helps these students but many students as well.

    Assessment Plan:
    In the sample notebook copy that I hand out to the students, I also provide the Rubric that I will use to grade the samples. That way the students can see what they will be assessed on and understand better what is expected of them. They are then assessed again when they complete their sewing projects through out the semester.

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    Created Date :
    Aug 01 2005 18:15 PM

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