Introduction to Patternmaking Series (Pattern Basics & Pattern Slopers & Fit) Portland Fashion Institute’s patternmaking series is the most comprehensive series in Portland. 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. You will learn how to make patterns, fit them, manipulate them, design them then make them for knits. Sign up for the classes one at a time or sign up for the whole series for a discount.

Pattern 1: Patternmaking Intro. Draft slopers made to your body measurements. Unlock the mysteries of fit.
Level 1: Upper Body. Start with a torso sloper that you can use for dresses, jackets and coats. Create a bodice sloper for blouses and shirts. Then go to sleeves.

Level 2:  Lower Body. Create a skirt sloper.  Finish with pants.  Apply your slopers to commercial patterns to make them work for you!  Prerequisite: Level 1

Prerequisite: Apparel Construction (can be taken at the same time), experience with commercial patterns.

Anne Stone, patternmaker
Pattern Intro: Thursdays, 10 am-1 pm OR 6-9 pm
Series: Jan 12-March 30
Level 1: Jan 12-Feb 16
Level 2: Feb 23-March 30
Cost/Cost Options:
$682 for Series. Series includes pattern paper and textbook “Building Patterns” by Suzy Furrer. OR $359 for Level 1 (Basics). $359 for Level 2 (Slopers & Fit).
Supply List:
Please contact the PFI Sewing Store Manager for questions about your Supply List.
Additional Notes/Costs:

Buy needed items from PFI Supply store next to PFI with your 20% student discount. Order from and have your supplies delivered to you the first day of class or by mail or by pick up at PFI Supply, 4225 NE Tillamook, right next to PFI school.

“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