Make It Fit: Pattern Drafting & Hacking - 3 courses

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Learn to draft and alter patterns for a better fit or to develop your own style. Great for aspiring fashion designers or home sewers who want to adapt patterns for better fit or to suit your style. You will build a manual of professional techniques to take with you. There are 3 course options available. 

Level: Students should have some basic garment sewing experience. You are encouraged to take one of our Intermediate classes prior to or alongside these courses.

In part 1 draft a custom bodice pattern to your body measurements. Take home a personal block for creating or adapting other patterns. In Part 2 draft a personal skirt block to your own measurements. In Part 3 discover how to create and adapt a pattern and make a pattern from a picture or your own design. 

Part 1: The Bodice Block (4 weeks) - beginner

  • how to take good body measurements
  • the basic mechanics of professional pattern making
  • making a toile
  • transferring adjustments back to the pattern
  • complete a personal bodice block

Part 2: The Skirt Block (2 weeks) - beginner

  • how to take good body measurements
  • drafting a skirt block from personal measurements
  • making a toile
  • fitting and correcting the pattern
  • complete a personal skirt block

Part 3: Pattern Making and Adapting (5 weeks) - beyond beginner

  • pre-requisite: parts 1 and 2
  • learn best practices for getting a better fit
  • make pattern adaptations for bodices and skirts
  • move darts and create design lines to reflect your own design

This course runs on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:00pm. Part 1 starts on October 30. Part 2 starts on November 27. Part 3 will start in January.

Taught by Jill Schuler. Jill worked as a costume designer and creator for more than 10 years and holds a BA in Costume Design and a diploma in Fashion Design and Technology.

Registration fee includes use of studio tools. Students will need to purchase muslin for testing the patterns and pattern card and paper. A supply list will be given upon registration.