Skirt Skills Course Breakdown:
WARM UP: Design and Sketching
For the first few days of class, we’ll get our design juices flowing by collecting inspirations and learning my easy “Size-You” sketch method that allows you to virtually “try on” the garments you dream up. We’ll also be introduced to the custom process and talk a lot about fabrics and their properties.
WEEK ONE: Custom Skirt Block Drafting
In Week One, we will delve deep into learning and practicing all sorts of theory about bodies and measurements as we each draft our own personally-sized skirt block.
WEEK TWO: Mockups and Fitting
In Week Two, we’ll create a mockup (sometimes called a muslin or a toile) of our skirt block. In this part of the custom process you’ll be introduced to layout, marking, cutting, hand sewing, machine sewing, and pressing techniques for custom garments. We will then tackle and take the mystery out of achieving a great fit!
WEEK THREE: Designing and Drafting Patterns from a Skirt Block
In Week Three, we will practice our pattern drafting skills. Using our corrected and perfected block, I’ll show you dozens of quick design variations that you can mix-and-match to create a pattern of our own design. Expanding on the sketch method from Week One, you’ll be able to “try on” the different styles, design your first custom skirt, and draft your first custom pattern.
WEEK FOUR: Construction Techniques for Custom Patterns
In Week Four, you’ll start constructing your skirt from your own pattern! We will review the process for layout, marking, cutting, pinning, and sewing custom garments and learn the differences of sewing a real garment vs. a mockup. I’ll demonstrate simple mix-and-match techniques for custom garment construction and we will practice our fitting skills with a basted fitting in our chosen fabric(s).
WEEK FIVE & SIX: Finishing Techniques and Final Inspirations
In Week Five & Six, I’ll demonstrate useful mix-and-match finishing techniques to help you complete your unique skirt. I’ll share the skirts I’ve finished using the techniques from this course as well as references and inspirations for you to create more skirts using your custom block.
Enrollees receive unlimited ongoing access and are encouraged to customize the course’s pace to work with their own schedules. (You know I love custom!)
“How she packed so much valuable information into a few weeks, I have no idea! This course has been a revelation.” – Wendy
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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.