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31 Ladies' Dressmaking

Ladies' dressmaking is a category for technically skilled garment producers who are efficient, can handle different garments and are skilled in needlecraft. A vocational qualification in Clothing and work experience in the industry provide a good foundation for the competitors.

A ladies' dressmaker produces quality tailored garments from occasional to leisurewear. Dressmakers understand the importance of different body shapes and clothing etiquette in garment production. They are able to produce challenging patterns and garments with excellent craftsmanship, and while using machines and equipment, they also sew and shape small and elaborate details by hand.

The competition task involves a two-piece women's suite. The project will be published three months prior to the competition. All competitors will then receive the pattern for the task (without the seam allowance), technical drawings and small samples of the front and lining fabrics. The competition task will be changed by 30% at the event in order to keep the competition fair. The time allocated for the project will be 22 hours during which the competitors will add seam allowances to the pattern, cut the fabrics and produce the garments. The garments will be produced in the order given in the competition instructions. Each product will be given marks separately. The total number of points for each garment will form the final mark. The panel of judges will include experts from each participating country, led by the head specialist.

The assessment criteria for both garments will include economical cutting and technical quality.

In 2003, at the WorldSkills competition in St. Gallen, the competition task was a woman's long lined jacket and a lined sleeveless dress. The jacket material was patterned, embroidered cotton and silk fabric. The dress was made of wool. The neat and elegant details in the collars, sleeves and linings, and the hems sewn by hand, showed how demanding the task was.

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