307 Ladies’ Dressmaking

päivi kankaanpää and sari nieminen from tredu
Coordinator Päivi Kankaanpää and deputy coordinator Sari Nieminen from Tredu.

The dressmaker’s job requires manual skills, perceptive skills, initiative, logical thinking and interaction skills. In comprehensive dressmaking, the essential factors are usability and the high quality of the product, as well as a sensitive knowledge of colours, shapes, styles and trends. The competition tasks will focus on the manufacturing process of a piece of clothing.

Skill requirements

The competitor must know how to pattern, cut and manufacture products according to working instructions. The competitor must know how to design, shape and fit products or product parts according to the task given. The competitor must able to work in an economical way and finish the products for delivery. The competitor must be able to serve the customer in a professional manner. The competitor must know the basic materials and equipment of the field as well as their requirements in various phases of the production process.

The competitor must know how to use the commonly used machines and devices safely and effectively. The competitor must follow the requirements of ergonomics and work safety. The competitor must take into account the principles of entrepreneurship, sustainable development and well-being at work in his or her work.

The required skill level of the competition tasks is in line with the grade Excellent (K3) in the vocational qualification in Textiles and Clothing.

 

Competition task structure and main task module components

General description
Dressmaking requires manual skills, perceptive skills, initiative, logical thinking and interaction skills. In comprehensive dressmaking, the essential factors are usability and high product quality , as well as a sensitive knowledge of colours, shapes, styles and trends. The competition tasks focus on the manufacturing process of a piece of clothing.

The tasks also cover the focus areas of the Taitaja2018 competition: entrepreneurship, sustainable development, wellbeing at work and work safety. Field-specific customer service also forms part of the tasks. The theme of this year’s tasks is transforming work clothing for use in business or evening occasions by adding accessories.

Module 1, Making a sheath dress
The competitor makes a ladies’ sheath dress from a wool/polyester blend fabric (PES 54%, WO 42%, EL 4%) for work or business events. Attached is a link to the flat template of a sheath dress. The sheath dress is made on a mannequin and fitted to a customer of the same size the following workday. These attachments will be available later: flat template of a sheath dress and attachment 1.

Module 2, Customer service
The competitor fits the aforementioned sheath dress to the customers and makes any required changes.

Module 3, Manufacturing an accessory

The competitor designs (size A3, manner of representation free) in advance three (3) different formal accessories for the sheath dress, using the leftover sheath dress fabric as well as new and recycled additional materials. The competitor brings additional materials required by his or her plans. The plan and additional materials are presented to the judges on the morning of the first competition day, and the judges will select the accessory to be made. The competitor makes the accessory during the competition days.

 

Task duration and time allotted

Competition schedule

  • First competition day Tue 15 May 2018, 8h, module 1
  • Second competition day Wed 16 May 2018, 8h, modules 1, 2 and 3
  • Third competition day Thu 17 May 2018, 4h, module 3

Assessment criteria for the competition tasks

Evaluation is based on the objectives required by the Excellent grade of the basic qualification. The evaluation includes both objective and subjective assessment. The ranking is based on the CIS scoring system with a maximum score of 100 points for each discipline. The jury reserves the right to change 30% of the competition task on the competition site, before the start of the competition task.

 

Description of the assessment process

Module 1, max. 65p

  • Cutting plan
  • Following work order
  • Product quality
  • Finishing
  • Work safety and well being at work

Module 2, max. 20p

  • Serving the customer during fitting
  • Product fitting skills

Module 3, max. 15p

  • Product ideation and suitability for business occasions
  • Using recycled materials and additional materials
  • Product quality and finishing
  • Entrepreneurial way of working

 

Machines, equipment and supplies used in the competition

  • Lockstitch sewing machines
  • Overlock machines
  • Ironing equipment
  • Glue press
  • Invisible zip presser feet
  • Rulers
  • Tissue paper

What the competitor must bring to the competition venue

  • Personal pattern drawing, sewing and cutting equipment
  • Note-taking supplies
  • Fitting tools
  • Appropriate and safe work clothing
  • Personal magnetic guide if desired

 

Sample tasks

Previous semi-finals and finals tasks can be found in the Skills Finland task bank.

 

Judges
Katja Anttila, Stadin ammattiopisto
Noora Ihalainen, Stadin ammattiopisto
Riikka Törmä, Image Wear Oy
Jaana Vanhanen, Riveria
Anne Äikäs, Vaatturi Anne Äikäs