Take the grading series for $96 or individual classes for $52
Saturdays, November 15 & 22, 2-5 pm
Basic grading, November 15, $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, November 22, $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.
Draping Series with Adam Andreas, Columbia Sportswear
Mondays, January 5-March 23, 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. Mondays, January 5-February 9, 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, February 16-March 23, 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, January 7 - April 1, 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 $819 or $445 for Pattern 1, $399 for Pattern 2. Series includes pattern papers and textbook “Building Patterns” by Suzy Furrer and special handouts.
Patternmaking 1. Seven weeks: Wednesdays, January 7-February 18, 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
Fridays, January 9-February 13, 10 am-1 pm OR 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
Make your collection through Advanced Pattern & Construction with Sharon Blair, BA, MA, PAA
Fridays, January 9-March 27, 10 am-1 pm or 6-9 pm.
$229 for 6 weeks or $449 for 12 weeks
Bring your ideas and your patternmaking skills and take advantage of our guided lab. Design, develop and produce the garments of your choice. Produce your next clothing line. Do your work with the help of Sharon Blair. Blair studied in Paris. She has written several articles for Threads Magazine. And she has taken many local designers through producing their collections and even helped some get on and win Project Runway.
Tackle more difficult projects. Resolve fit issues. Master tricky construction issues.
Let your ideas run free! What do you want to create today? Bring it here and we'll make it happen.
Prerequisites: Intermediate Sewing classes, Patternmaking Series, Industrial Machine Sewing
Saturdays, January 17, 24 & 31, 2-5 pm, $169
Start the new year right with clothes that fit and flatter you. Through these three classes, you'll be able to spot figure types and know the right styling for each figure type to flatter the good points and hide the bad. You'll bring in two of your patterns and learn how to make them fit you. Sew these up as a fitting shell or bring in a favorite garment, judge whether it's right for you and what to do to improve it. It's a perfect excuse to do some closet cleaning and go shopping.
By the end of the class, you'll know how to:
− Understand the elements of proper garment fit.
− Evaluate garment fit to determine good or poor fit areas.
− Diagnose fit issues and know steps to correct them
− Alter a pattern to achieve desired results.
− Make simple adjustments to a garment to get to the right look.
Prerequisites: Beginning Sewing, experience with commercial patterns
Make Your Body Double
Saturdays, February 7-28, 2-5 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.
with instructor Sharon Blair, BA, MA, PAA
Fridays, February 20-March 27, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm
$319 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