Draping Series with Adam Andreas, Columbia Sportswear
Tuesdays, September 9-November 25, 6-9 pm.
$219 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. Tuesdays, September 9-October 14, 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. Tuesdays, October 21-November 25, 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.
Introduction to Patternmaking Series (Pattern 1&2) with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB
Pattern Intro Series: Wednesdays, September 10 - December 3, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm
After these classes, 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 13-week series for $789 or $445 for Pattern 1, $389 for Pattern 2. Series includes pattern papers and textbook “Building Patterns” by Suzy Furrer and special handouts.
Patternmaking 1. Wednesdays, September 10-October 22, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 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.
Pattern Design (Pattern 3) with instructor Sharon Blair, BA, MA, PAA
Thursdays, September 11-October 16, 6-9 pm
$319 for Pattern 3 or $599 for both Pattern 3 & Pattern Knits (Pattern 4). Includes pattern paper, handouts.
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)
Text: Building Patterns by Suzy Furrer
with instructor Sharon Blair, BA, MA, PAA
Thursdays, October 23- December 4, 6-9 pm (no class on Thanksgiving)
$319 or $599 for both Pattern 3 & 4 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
Take the grading series for $96 or individual classes for $52
Saturdays, November 15 & 22, 2-5 pm
Basic grading, Fall 2014, $52
Use slopers to learn the basic principles of changing pattern sizes. Learn the inside secrets of increasing and decreasing sizes and government standards for grade rules. Apply these principles to pants, skirts, sleeves and bodices.
Advanced grading and marking, Fall 2014, $52
Bring in your patterns and learn how to grade them to different sizes. Create your own grade rules for cardinal points. Apply to knits and wovens. Learn how to set up a marker -- a layout of all you pattern pieces ready for cutting -- for best use of fabric.