♥ Who is this course for?
This course is for adults with a passion to learn to create custom womenswear for themselves. 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. It was designed as a comprehensive beginner course for women with non-standard figures, but all skill levels and bodies are welcome.
Unsure if you’re a good fit? I encourage you to also read the dozens of student testimonials from absolute beginners to those with decades of experience and/or email me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
♥ Will this course help me become a fashion designer or start my own business?
No. This intro curriculum teaches how to make one-of-a-kind custom clothing. Fashion methods or advice on sewing for others are not included.
To learn more about custom methods vs. fashion methods, check out this blog post.
♥ What about sewing for my friends, family, etc.?
Yes and no! Many former members have successfully customized what they’ve learned in my courses to create custom clothes for other individuals. My business and blog are about sewing for others, but this intro course does not include sewing for bodies other than your own. It’s all about you.
One of the (many) advantages of sewing for yourself is that you have 24/7 access to your body and your personal preferences. I developed the methods in my intro eCourses with this specifically in mind, as a focused way to walk you through my custom processes for the first time. Exploring someone else’s body and personal preferences, while simultaneously learning so many other new things, will likely be more advanced and time-consuming. Staying focused on yourself as you get started has lots of advantages!
♥ I’m a beginner to garment sewing. Should I learn to sew from commercial patterns before learning custom methods?
Nope! Learning to sew from sizes/commercial patterns is a different process (one I never learned!).
♥ When does the class start?
The next session of Skirt Skills begins August 20, 2020. Enrollees can work along with the optional 6-week schedule or at your own pace. Access does not expire.
Registration has SOLD OUT. Though subject to change, the next session is tentatively planned to begin in January 2021.
Due to the personalized nature of the course, space is limited and the course often sells out quickly. (The fastest a session has sold out was in only 20 minutes!)
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♥ How much does the course cost?
The full comprehensive 6 week course, with 30 days of instruction, 15+ hours of videos, limited class size, a community of classmates, high interaction, very personal support and feedback, and unlimited ongoing access currently has a registration rate of $315. (NOTE: the rate may increase slightly in future sessions.)
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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! Though nothing happens “live”, I aim to provide as close to an in-person experience as possible with added benefits of working at your own pace in your own space. You choose when you want to share or keep to yourself.
If you ever feel like you need extra help, questions can be asked and answered anytime privately with me via email or in our private Facebook Group. I will also be available for Skype and In-Studio Office Hours during the course.
Access to the course content and teacher support does not expire. Use the 6 week schedule as motivation or customize your own pace and take as long as you’d like. In custom sewing, slow and steady wins the race!
♥ 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. You can log in, view, and download the lessons at any time. Once a lesson is published, enrollees enjoy unlimited ongoing access. You are more than welcome to work at your own slower pace, without following the optional daily 6 week schedule. Take all year, if you need to!
♥ What type of computer or online skills do I need to participate?
All you will need is an updated computer or device with high speed internet access so that you can succesffully stream and download videos.
If you’d like to interact with your classmates, most group conversations will happen in our private Facebook Group. The Facebook Group is a supplemental supportive learning resource that I’d love for you to be a part of, but joining is completely optional. All you need to join is a free personal Facebook profile. Though it is a friendly environment, there is no need to “friend” anyone or to visit any other part of Facebook.
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 content from me each week; an average of 35 minutes of video per weekday over the course of 6 weeks. Some students will work through the content more quickly, and others will spend more time. Nothing is required and setting your own pace is highly encouraged, but if you’d like to keep with the optional schedule, I would think you’d want to set aside at least 4-8 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 slower pace without following the optional daily 6 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 the 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 begin to 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 custom 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 (and gaining the course prerequisites) needed to create these custom garments in the future.
In Skirt Skills, you will get a comprehensive 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, Hand Sewing classes, and Draping courses (which will include customizing a dress form). Each set of lessons builds upon the one before as you slowly take your sewing and patternmaking skills to higher and higher levels.
NOTE: Skirt Skills is the Intro course and the prerequisite for many (if not all) of my future courses. My new eCourses Smarty Pants and Top Class are only offered to those who have completed Skirt Skills.
♥ 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 or a credit card.
♥ What happens after I register for the course?
Visit the REGISTER page to learn more about how to enroll.
Shortly before the start day, enrollees will receive access to the Course Website and a link to the (optional) private Facebook Group. On the first day of class, you’ll get your first day’s lessons and start the journey!
♥ Can Skirt Skills be given as a gift?
Yes! If the course is for someone other than yourself, fill out the form with her email and address so I can send her the welcome email!
♥ Other questions? Email me at Email@BrooksAnn.com
Throw away those confusing commercial patterns! Get out of the mall! Start turning heads and feeling great in handcrafted clothes that showcase and celebrate your unique body and style.
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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).
→ Registration has SOLD OUT!
→ Though subject to change, the next opportunity to register will likely be in December for a session starting in early January 2021.