Price: $425.00    Class begins: July 13, 2015

Learn the professional way to make patterns for commercial or personal use.

Introduction to Patternmaking Series (Pattern 1&2) with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB

SUMMER PATTERN INTRO SERIES:  Mondays-Thursdays, July 13-23, 9 am-2:30 pm

After just eight days, you will be ready to design clothes — for yourself or others.  You will have patterns that fit and you’ll be able to turn it into innumerable designs for skirts, shirts and blouses, dresses and pants.

Take the whole series  for $819 or $425 for each Series includes pattern papers and textbook “Building Patterns” by Suzy Furrer and special handouts.

Patternmaking 1.  Monday-Thursday, July 13-16, 9 am-2:30 pm.

Draft slopers made to your measurements.  Start with a torso sloper that you can use for dresses, jackets and coats.  Create a bodice sloper for blouses and shirts.  Go to sleeves.  Then create a skirt sloper.  Finish with pants.  Prerequisite: Beginning sewing, experience with commercial patterns.

Patternmaking 2.  Monday-Thursday, July 20-23, 9 am-2:30 pm.  Use your slopers to make patterns for garments made from woven fabric:  Bodices, sleeves, skirts and pants.  Learn how to manipulate darts into tucks, gather, flares and seams to make more creative designs.  Draft necklines and collars. Prerequisite: Beginning sewing, Pattern 1.
“I wanted to let you know I made another dress from pattern class, it’s an evening gown with a boat neck front and v back and bell sleeves and I’ve worn it twice now. I’m now working on making the boot cut jeans, and successfully put the front fly in. Thanks for the class, it was awesome.”  – Karen C

Available Spaces: 6

Make Your Body Double

Price: $169.00    Class begins: July 16, 2015

Jason Bray, fit expert, Portland Opera

Jason Bray (right) creates a costume for a performer at the Portland Opera

Make Your Body Double

Tuesday-Thursday, July 14-16, 6-9 pm, $169.

Bring your professional dress form and alter it to fit you the way the pros do.  Learn the tricks and materials from Portland Opera fit expert, Jason Bray.  In 3 sessions, you will leave with your body double.

Available Spaces: 2

Basic Draping

Price: $219.00    Class begins: July 20, 2015

Draping-RachaelBasic Draping with Adam Andreas, Columbia Sportswear

Six days over two weeks: Monday-Wednesday, July 20-22 & 27-29, 6-9 pm, $219.  Includes pattern paper.

Work with fabric on a dress form to turn your ideas into real garments.  Arrange your fabric into folds, twists and style lines to create dresses, tops, skirts and daring necklines.  We provide the dress forms.  You supply your creativity!

Available Spaces: 2

Draping 1 & 2

Price: $239.00    Class begins: September 14, 2015


Learn to create garments on a professional dress form.

Draping Series with Adam Andreas, Columbia Sportswear

Mondays, September 14-November 30, 6-9 pm.

$239  per  6-week class or take the 12-week series  for $429.  Includes pattern paper and handouts.

As seen on Project Runway, learn how to work with fabric on a dress form to turn your fashion ideas into real garments.  Arrange your fabric into folds, twists and style lines to create dresses, tops, skirts, coats and daring necklines.  We provide the dress forms.  But in the first session, you will find out where to buy a good quality, inexpensive dress form, alter it to your size and how to put on style lines — so you can start designing your ideas!

Draping - Intro

Draping 1. Mondays, September 14-October 19, 6-9 pm

Learn the fundamentals of draping as a method of designing garments and a patternmaking alternative.  Work on a professional dress form to create bodices, skirts, and dresses.  Transfer the drape to a paper pattern. Required pre-requisites: Patternmaking Intro.

Draping 2.  Mondays, October 26-November 30, 6-9 pm

Expand on techniques learned in Draping I.  Learn to drape asymmetrical designs, bias and cowl necklines and knit fabric.  Create your own designs.  Prerequisite: Draping 1.

Portland Sewing sells dress forms!  For more info, click here.

Class policies

Available Spaces: 9

Pattern Design (Pattern 3)

Price: $349.00    Class begins: September 17, 2015

Mariko completes details on her dress pattern.

Pattern Design (Pattern 3)

Thursdays, September 17-October 22, 10 am-1 pm or 6-9 pm

$349 or $628 if signing up for both Pattern 3 & Pattern 4 - a 10% discount).

Bring in a picture or a sketch and make that garment!  Learn advanced techniques:  How to remove ease, add ease, eliminate darts, create jackets and  asymmetric styles.  Use the slopers you made in Patternmaking-Intro to design your own clothes.  Learn how to choose the right styles for your figure and how the pros judge a fabulous fit. Leave with patterns ready to take to a factory for production — or to your house for a new wardrobe of well-fitting clothes.

Prerequisite:  Pattern Intro (Patternmaking 1 & 2)

Recommended text:  Building Patterns by Suzy Furrer

Class policies

Available Spaces: 14

Pattern Knits & Stretch (Pattern 4)

Price: $349.00    Class begins: October 29, 2015

Knit-for-webPattern Knits & Stretch (Pattern 4) with Christine Van Abkoude of Carson Footwear

Thursdays, October 29-December 10, 6-9 pm (no class Thanksgiving weekend)

$349 or $628 if combined with Pattern 3   Includes pattern paper, handouts

Everybody wears knits.  So try your hand at making patterns for knits. Use the slopers you made in Patternmaking 1 and create new ones. Make tops, dresses, sweaters, activewear — including raglan sleeve hoodies — bras and swimsuits.  Learn how to adjust your patterns for different kinds of knits.  Patterns can be used for stretch fabrics too.

If you’ve taken Intermediate Sewing: Knits & Performance Fabrics, you’ll find yourself making the the pattern, cutting and sewing then wearing that garment to class the next week!

Prerequisites: Patternmaking 1, 2

Class policies

Available Spaces: 10