Make your collection through Advanced Pattern & Construction with Sharon Blair, BA, MA, PAA
Fridays, 10 am-1 pm or 6-9 pm.
$15/hour or $150 for book of 12 hours or $300/month
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
Draping Series: Mondays, April 7-June 30, 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, April 7-May 12, 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, April 19-June 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.
Patternmaking 3 (Garment Design) with instructor Sharon Blair, BA, MA, PAA
Tuesdays, April 8-May 13, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm
$319 for Pattern 3 or $599 for both Pattern 3 & 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 create assymetric 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
Introduction to Patternmaking Series (Pattern 1&2) with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB
Pattern Intro Series: Wednesdays, April 9-July 2, 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, $359 for Pattern 2. Series includes pattern papers and textbook “Building Patterns” by Suzy Furrer and special handouts.
Patternmaking 1. Seven weeks: Wednesdays, April 9-May 21, 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.
Take the grading series for $96 or individual classes for $52
Basic grading, May 10, 2-5 pm, $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, July 13, 2-5 pm, $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.
with instructor Sharon Blair, BA, MA, PAA
Tuesdays, May 20-June 24, 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 & 2