Course Syllabus

Note: This course code has changed from FCS 345 to APD 345. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.


This course involves the basic fitting and alteration of women's and men's patterns from constructed and ready-to-wear apparel clothing. Materials will cost approximately $75 or more, depending on the quality of the supplies you choose to purchase, the number of supplies you already own, and the type of fabric you select for your projects.



FCS 207 Apparel Construction I

FCS 245 Pattern Making

Required Resources

Resource Title/Description
(books, software, etc.)
Author/Provider Ed./Vol. 13-Digit ISBN (if applicable)
The Palmer Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting (It is suggested that you purchase the spiral bound copy available  Pati Palmer and Marta Alto
Palmer/Pletsch Publishing
2018 978-1618471017
Pants for Real People: Fit and Sew for Any Body
Pati Palmer and Marta Alto
Palmer/Pletsch Publishing
2019 978-0935278576
Beginning Pattern Making by Genet Orme, Anne Mena, Brianna Tway and Julann Blake © BYU-Idaho Genet Orme, Anne Mena, and Brianna Tway. NA NA

It is suggested that you purchase the spiral-bound edition of The Palmer Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting and Pants for Real People: Fit and Sew for Any Body, which are available in the bookstore. Pants for Real People: Fit and Sew for Any Body is also available through the McKay Library as a free pdf download

It is expected that you will have access to a sewing machine.

Microsoft Excel. The BYU–Idaho Bookstore provides a free download of the Microsoft Office Suite Links to an external site., which includes Excel. If you have trouble downloading and installing the software, please contact the BYUI Help Desk: Links to an external site..

You will also need the following items:

60" Measuring Tape                
Shears and paper scissors
Seam Ripper (small size)            
Machine Needles                
Tailors Chalk—clay
Flat-pattern supplies                
1/4” elastic and 1" elastic to mark the waistline
Leggings or fitted clothing (optional)                
Short necklace chain (for body map)
Sketchbook (optional)                  
Dressmaker Pins and Pin Cushion (Glass-head pins preferred)

You will also be required to purchase the fabric for your projects.


Course Outcomes (CO)

Students who successfully complete Fitting and Alterations should be able to do the following:

  1. Acquire a working knowledge of fitting and altering ready-to-wear clothing by altering both men’s and women’s ready-to-wear clothing.
  2. Demonstrate proper fitting and altering techniques by sewing and fitting a final design to an individual body.
  3. Use correct terminology in relationship to fit by fitting real clients.
  4. Derive solutions to fitting and alteration problems by completing ½ scale alteration patterns.
  5. Build confidence in ability to both fit and alter basic patterns and clothing by modeling personal garment in the Apparel Design fashion show.

Major Assignments

The table below is meant to help you see the relevance of each major assignment as it pertains to the course outcomes (CO).

Major Assignment Description Weeks
R-T-W Alterations Men's and Women's Alterations 2–3
Pant Fit and Mock Fly Zipper Fitting a pant and putting in a mock fly zipper 4–5
Pant Sloper Creating a pant sloper 4–5
Dress/Jacket Muslin and Fit Fitting a dress or jacket 6–8
Dress/Jacket Sloper Creating a sloper for a dress or jacket 6–8
Design Sketch and Flow Chart

Sketching and planning for the final design, and drafting your pattern.

NOTE: If you wait until Week 8 to start on your Final Design sketch or fabric purchase you will likely not finish. Please start from the beginning of the class on these things and consult with your instructor.

Final Design Final designing pattern work, constructing, and fitting project. 9–13
Fashion Show Demonstrating your final design 14

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Learning Model

This course encourages students to exercise faith as they learn and take action by completing projects. It also gives students the chance to share with others and teach one another in a class forum. 



It is expected that you will spend between five and six hours per week working on this class.

Group Work

There is a board on which you can share questions, tips, and other items with your classmates.

Late Work

When you work in the fashion industry you are expected to meet your deadlines. As a sign of professionalism and respect, students must learn to complete and submit work on time. Remember that technology does not always cooperate, especially when deadlines are involved. It is always recommended that you turn in or submit Canvas assignments early. Computer malfunction is not a reasonable excuse, and you will lose points for late submissions. 

Planning ahead is a necessity and procrastinating can be detrimental. Any lack of time management will show through in your work, and will be reflected in your score. This is a level 345 class and your sewing is expected to be professional and neat.

Late work will lose points as follows:

  • 25% off the first 24 hours
  • 50% off if turned in on day 2-7 after it is due
  • Not accepted after 7 days
  • No late work accepted the last week of the semester
  • No acceptance of late final projects (Weeks 13 & 14)

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Percent
A 100%—93%
A- 92%—90%
B+ 89%—87%
B 86%—83%
B- 82%—80%
C+ 79%—77%
C 76%—73%
C- 72%—70%
D+ 69%—67%
D 66%—63%
D- 62%—60%
F 59% and lower

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Go to the Student Resources module to review the university policies regarding honesty, online etiquette, communication expectations, etc.

Course Summary:

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