♥ Who is this course for?
This course is for any woman with a passion to learn to create custom clothes for herself. No previous pattern drafting, design, or garment sewing experience is required. Though having basic skills using sewing, measuring, and drafting tools will be helpful, Skirt Skills is an Intro course appropriate for motivated beginners as well as more experienced makers looking for a new approach or a fresh start. All skill levels and body types are welcome.
Unsure if you’re a good fit? Read this blog post written by Babs and/or this blog post written by Najah each describing her experience in Skirt Skills. You might enjoy this post from my own blog titled “Break free of sizes: Learn custom sewing!”. I encourage you to also read the dozens of student testimonials, and/or email me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Note: This is not a business-to-business course.)
♥ When does the class start?
Skirt Skills starts Monday January 1, 2018 and runs for 5 weeks and opens registration at ~8am EST on Saturday December 2, 2017.
Due to the personalized nature of the course, space is limited and the course often sells out quickly. (The Winter 2017 session sold out in less than 8 hours!)
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♥ How much does the course cost?
The comprehensive 5 week course, with 25 days of instruction, 10+ hours of videos, limited class size, a community of classmates, high interaction, very personal support and feedback, and unlimited ongoing access has a registration rate of $225.
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♥ Does the course meet at a certain place or time?
Skirt Skills is a virtual course and you can participate from anywhere at any time!
If you ever feel like you need extra help, I will personally be available for Skype and In-Studio Office Hours during the course. Questions can also be asked and answered any time in the online classroom, via email, or in the private Facebook Group.
Access to the course and support does not expire. Use the schedule as motivation or customize your own pace.
♥ How will content be delivered?
Each weekday, Monday through Friday, you will receive an email with a link to the day’s lessons in the online classroom (plus the whole week’s lessons each Monday for those who want to forge ahead.) You can log in, view, and download the lessons at any time.
You are more than welcome to work at your own pace, without following the daily 5-week time frame.
♥ What type of computer or online skills do I need to participate?
All you will need is a computer or device with high speed internet access so that you can stream and download videos.
If you’d like to interact with your classmates, most group conversations will happen in a private Facebook Group. The Facebook Group is a supportive learning resource that I’d love for you to be a part of, but it is not required. All you need to join is a personal Facebook profile. Though it is a friendly environment, there is no need to “friend” anyone to participate.
There will also be non-required feedback opportunities using Skype. Visit skype.com to learn more, set up a free account, and/or view its requirements.
♥ How much time is required of me each week?
You will receive a couple of hours of material from me each week; an average of 30 minutes of video per weekday over the course of 5 weeks. Some students will work through the content more quickly, and others will spend more time. Nothing is required, but if you’d like to keep on schedule, I would think you’d want to set aside 4-6 hours each week to complete the lessons, experiment, and practice – approximately the same amount of time you’d spend in a similar in-person course (minus the commute).
With unlimited ongoing access, you are more than welcome to work at your own pace without following the daily 5-week time frame. Take a year if you need to!
♥ Will I be given a pattern to alter?
Nope. We are starting from scratch. I want to teach you how to fish, rather than give you the fish. I want you to eventually have the skills to make choices and complete tasks on your own, without having to rely on someone else’s work in order to create yours. I’ll be a resource as long as you need me and then set you free to take control your own wardrobe!
♥ Drafting huh? Does that require lot of math skills?
I hear ya. I am also often intimidated by math. The methods I’ve created for Skirt Skills eliminate the need for a lot of the calculations/fractions/formulas/charts that you may have encountered in other drafting systems or sewing projects. We will use critical thinking, common sense, and non-standard methods for our non-standard bodies. It’s actually not that hard and can be a lot of fun!
In my blog post “Two Myths of Learning to Make Your Own Sewing Patterns”, I discuss this further.
♥ Will I need a lot of new tools and supplies?
I’ve created a list with everything you will need for the class. You may find that you already have a version of many of the tools we’ll use. In both the supplies and the techniques, I’ll often share professional options as well as easy DIY alternatives. You can also watch this video lesson discussing the tools and supplies and what we’ll be doing with them.
If you have questions about supplies, email me: Email@BrooksAnn.com
♥ What about purchasing the fabric for the skirt I’m going to make?
In our first lesson, we will discuss fabrics. During the first few weeks of the course, while we are designing, drafting, and fitting mockups, I’ll share fun “Fabric of the Day” videos. As the course progresses, you’ll have time to shop, order, or choose your skirt fabric from your own stash with guidance from me and the other students.
♥ Will I need a dress form?
No. In this class we will be learning Flat Pattern Drafting techniques to create a perfect fit. I plan to teach Draping (patterning using a dress form) in a future class.
♥ Will I learn how to make tops and pants in this class?
Not specifically, though you will be learning the foundations needed to create these custom garments in the future.
In this first course, Skirt Skills, we will get an introduction to all of the processes and basic techniques for custom garment creation by learning Flat Pattern to create Skirts. I’m developing classes that build upon this foundation for custom Pants and Tops. I also plan to teach Couture Techniques classes that combine the previous skills by creating custom Dress or Ensemble and a Draping course which will include customizing a dress form. Each set of lessons builds upon the one before to take your sewing and patternmaking skills to higher and higher levels.
Skirt Skills is the Intro course and will be a pre-requisite for many (if not all) of my future courses including my new eCourse Smarty Pants. A custom tops eCourse is in the works for 2018.
♥ Will I need a sewing/measuring buddy?
It’s great to have someone to physically help you take your measurements and help with fitting, especially if you have physical limitations that might prevent you from putting your body in awkward positions.
That said, I know that it’s not always possible to rely on someone else. The methods in Skirt Skills will be shown with Do-It-Yourself options and I can be your “virtual” buddy, along with everyone else in the class! Email me. Skype with me. Stop by the studio. Share in the Facebook Group. It is great to have a buddy!
♥ How long will I have access to the course materials?
All of the videos and course materials will remain on the private Course Site indefinitely and, as an enrolled member, you will have unlimited ongoing access. The videos and worksheets are also available for you to download and store offline. No worries if you happen to be traveling or end up being too busy while the course is running. Review portions of the class over and over every time you make a new skirt for years to come!
The Facebook Group can also remain active for as long as members want to continue to share and support each other. Previous Groups are still active with members enjoying the intimate sewing community they’ve created!
♥ How are payments handled?
Payment is securely processed via PayPal and can be made using a PayPal account or a credit card.
♥ What happens after I register for the course?
Shortly after you press that registration button and make your payment (thank you!), you’ll receive a personal welcome email from me! Your welcome email, course correspondence, and daily lessons will be sent to the email address associated with your PayPal account, unless you request otherwise. (If you haven’t received an email from me 24 hours after you’ve registered, please contact me.)
Shortly before the start day, you will receive a password to access the Course Website and a link to the private Facebook Group. On the first Monday of class, you’ll get your first day’s (and week’s) lessons and start the journey!
♥ Can Skirt Skills be given as a gift?
Absolutely! If the course is for someone other than yourself, just email me after you’ve made your payment letting me know the lucky student’s email address along with any gift instructions and I’ll send her the welcome email!
♥ Other questions? Email me at Email@BrooksAnn.com
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Upcoming Course Sessions
Skirt Skills starts January 1, 2018 and runs for 5 weeks.
→ Registration opens December 2 at a rate of $225.
→Due to the personalized nature of the course, space is limited. Work with the class or at your own pace.
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