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Learn basic pattern making, starting with how to measure the human form. Build a basic sloper, the basis of all patterns, following the figure’s natural lines and dimensions. Explore basic techniques for grading (adjusting for size), and learn how to read and alter commercial patterns and slopers. This class will move you from novice to “in the know.”
Please note: This is a somewhat technical class. You will make a generic sloper, then adapt it for your own body. But you will not complete a personal item of clothing in this particular class. Be prepared for a lot of measuring and some math. Basic machine sewing skills are recommended but not required.
We recommend taking Basic Clothing Design in conjunction with this class (although it is not required). We hope to offer this again in Fall 2013.
Age Range17+, teens with instructor's permission
Skill LevelAll Levels
Basic sewing skills.
Basic machine sewing skills are recommended but not required.
We recommend taking Basic Clothing Design in conjunction with this class (although it is not required).
You may use our sewing machines or bring your own.
Bring a basic sewing kit:
- straight pins
- sewing needles, assorted sizes
- fabric scissors (Fiskars, Weiss or Gingher are recommended)
- paper scissors
- seam ripper
In addition, plan to purchase:
- a hip curve and/or a French curve
- a straight ruler, 2” x 18” or 2” x 24” with grid (standard fashion ruler)
- an L ruler (optional)
In class we will discuss purchase of one or more commercial patterns.
Find out more about where to buy supplies.
When classes are FULL, put yourself on a waiting list. But please do NOT register for full classes.