I approach things a little differently.
In contrast to many sewing teachers, I did not learn to sew as a child. I first learned to sew as an adult working in professional workshops where everything was created custom for specific people.
I know relatively little about for-manufacture fashion industry methods or home-sewing methods that use commercial patterns. I skipped all that and I went straight into “couture”. And you can too! Creating custom garments has its own wonderful specialized process that I find really exciting. I think that if I had learned to sew clothing using a more traditional learning path, I might have never stuck with it.
Though I now have a Masters degree in Costume Construction and years of professional experience not only in costuming, but with my own custom couture wedding dress business, I’m always learning and I remember what it’s like to be a beginner. I honestly just love what I do and I’ve got a down-to-earth, inclusive, nerdy, thoughtful way of sharing methods I’ve learned and developed over the years.
Every body has a unique story and every custom garment is a learning experience.
We start at the beginning…
…introducing the basic tools and principles of the craft.
A large part of creating achievable garment designs outside of the narrow commercial size range is to understand how patterns work.
In Skirt Skills, we will learn flat patterning techniques to create skirts.
During the first half of class, we will complete the most important tool in custom flat pattern drafting: The block.
What the heck is a block?
Drafting flat patterns begins with a block, sometimes called a sloper or a master pattern. It is a 2-D blank body-shaped template with no design. In the fashion industry, these are the “sizes”.
In Skirt Skills, we will use a unique approach to make a custom skirt block that is exactly “Size You”. The block is the beginning of something beautiful!
Once you have your block, you’ll be able to use it again and again as the basis for infinite designs that will always fit You. Together in this class, we will explore the basic principles and foundations of pattern drafting, design, fitting, and garment construction for unique bodies in a friendly and supportive way. I want you to understand why we do every step, rather than just follow directions. This way you’ll start learning to experiment and make your own decisions, mixing and matching skills you’ve learned, opening a new way of looking at what we wear.
(Learn more about Brooks Ann’s sewing style in her post “Two Myths of Learning to Make Your Own Sewing Patterns.”)
“The class has done more than spark an interest in pattern drafting! It’s more like a forest fire! I had no idea I would enjoy this so much.” – Paula
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Upcoming Course Sessions
Skirt Skills will start August 20, 2020 and will run for 6 weeks (or at your own pace).
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→ Though subject to change, the next opportunity to register will likely be in December for a session starting in early January 2021.