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Patterning Techniques: Make a Sewing Pattern from a Favorite Garment

Course Overview

Bring a garment that you love - or cannot live without. You will not have to take it apart! You will learn to make a pattern that duplicates the cut, and even adds features such as more pockets or design details. Three techniques for copying patterns from existing garments will be demonstrated, which then are used in combination, depending on the original design features. We will decide which technique or combination of techniques works best for the garment you are making. Men’s and women’s or children’s shirts, jackets, coats, skirts, dresses, pants, accessories are all good choices. You can start with a favorite well-worn garment, or a vintage find - all are excellent projects. These techniques also apply to reproducing museum artifacts, although your first patterning project should be based on a garment which you own. You will learn to make an initial pattern, refine and mark the pattern, sew and fit a personal mock-up. The schedule will include two days learning patterning techniques and making your pattern, one day with fittings and adjustments, and two days with expert guidance constructing your garment. When you leave class you will be well on your way to finishing your treasured garment and will have a new sewing skill that inspires your future sewing projects.

Course Details

Length: 5 Days