PATTERNMAKING CLASSES

Draping 1 & 2

Price: $429.00    Class begins: April 6, 2015

Draping-Rachael

Learn to create garments on a professional dress form.

Draping Series with Adam Andreas, Columbia Sportswear

Mondays, April 6-June 29, 6-9 pm. (no class Memorial Day)

$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 6-May 11 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, May 18-June 29 (no class Memorial Day), 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: 8

Pattern Design (Pattern 3)

Price: $319.00    Class begins: April 8, 2015

Mariko completes details on her dress pattern.

Pattern Design (Pattern 3) with instructor Cindy Persson, StudioSKB

Wednesdays, April 8-May 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

Class policies

Available Spaces: 13

Patternmaking-Intro

Price: $399.00    Class begins: April 9, 2015

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

Introduction to Patternmaking Series (Pattern 1&2) with Christine Van Abkoude of Carson Footwear

Pattern Intro Series: Thursdays, 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 $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: Thursdays, 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.


Patternmaking 2.  Six weeks: Thursdays, May 28-July 2, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 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, Fall 2013 pattern intro class

Available Spaces: 23

Pattern Knits & Stretch (Pattern 4)

Price: $319.00    Class begins: May 20, 2015

Knit-for-webPattern Knits & Stretch (Pattern 4) with Cindy Persson of StudioSKB

Wednesdays, May 20-June 24, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm

$319 or $599 if 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: 8

Fit & Pattern Alteration

Price: $169.00    Class begins: June 6, 2015

FittingFit & Pattern Alteration with Valerie Furcron, Columbia Sportswear

Saturdays, June 6-20, 2-5 pm, $169

Create 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.  Bring your patterns and we can alter to achieve that fit you've always wanted for your body type.  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

Available Spaces: 8