Learn the professional way to make patterns to start your life as a fashion designer or for personal use.
Introduction to Patternmaking Series (Pattern 1&2) With these classes, you will be ready to design clothes — for yourself or others. You will have patterns that fit and you’ll be able to turn it into innumerable designs for skirts, shirts and blouses, dresses and pants.
Draft slopers made to your measurements. Start with a torso sloper that you can use for dresses, jackets and coats. Create a bodice sloper for blouses and shirts. Go to sleeves. Then create a skirt sloper. Finish with pants. Prerequisite: Beginning sewing, experience with commercial patterns.
Use your slopers to make patterns for garments made from woven fabric: Bodices, sleeves, skirts and pants. Learn how to manipulate darts into tucks, gather, flares and seams to make more creative designs. Draft necklines and collars. Prerequisite: Pattern 1.
Instructor: Anne Swanson, Portland Fashion Institute
Dates/Times: Series: Thursdays, September 14–December 7, 10 am-2 pm OR 6-10 pm (no class Thanksgiving)
Level 1: Thursdays, September 14–October 19, 10 am-2 pm OR 6-10 pm
Level 2: Thursdays, October 26–December 7, 10 am-2 pm OR 6-10 pm (no class Thanksgiving)
Cost/Cost Options: $425 for each class; $819 for the series (includes pattern paper and special handouts. Series also includes textbook “Building Patterns” by Suzy Furrer.)
Buy your supplies from Portland Sewing's Supply Store with your 20% student discount.
“I wanted to let you know I made another dress from pattern class, it’s an evening gown with a boat neck front and v back and bell sleeves and I’ve worn it twice now. I’m now working on making the boot cut jeans, and successfully put the front fly in. Thanks for the class, it was awesome.” – Karen C