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Are you frustrated with sewing because garment patterns don’t seem to work for you? Do you wonder why the depiction of a garment on a pattern envelope often bears little resemblance to the way the sewn garment looks on you? Have you tried altering patterns but gotten mixed results?

This 3-day class will give you the opportunity to explore and gain an understanding of the basic principles of patternmaking. We will discuss ways to tell if a particular commercial pattern will be a good starting point to achieve the results you desire. Your mock-ups will be our laboratory: I will fit your mock-ups; we will discuss how to accurately translate pin markings and other notations back to your pattern tissue; we’ll discuss why some fitting adjustments can’t be translated into the tissue; and you will develop an understanding of what comprises good patternmaking techniques. The first part of the morning will be devoted to lecture and discussion, then I will begin fitting. Afternoons will give you time for hands-on work, during which I will work with you individually.

You will receive a supply list and instructions on how to prepare your mock-ups approximately one month before the class. Depending on how quickly you work, you can expect to have one relatively easy pattern perfected. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding your pattern selection. Part of the benefit of being in a class setting is acquiring a broader understanding of patternmaking by observing the other class participants work on their projects.

I recommend choosing several simple garments (straight skirt, blouse with side bust darts, princess line dress, princess line jacket) rather than a complicated garment design, because you will be able to concentrate on patternmaking rather than getting too involved with complex design and fitting issues. If you wish to work on pants, I have fitting shells in every size and back shape for the Eureka! Pants that Fit. I can size you so you know what size and back to start with. Patterns are available to purchase.

Following is an outline of how we’ll spend our days:

Day 1: An introduction to patternmaking: what the process is; equipment needed; terminology; and the interrelationship between fit and patternmaking. We will also explore how to assess a pattern; the difference between fitting ease and design ease; tips on how not to get confused when making multiple pattern changes; and the importance of conceptualizing a project.

Day 2: A discussion of the types of pattern changes we encountered the day before. We will also discuss learning how to blend curves; the importance of using a curved ruler to reflect what you, as a designer, want to achieve; the steps involved in truing a pattern, including the number of pivot points; and several ways to "walk" a pattern.

Day 3: Further discussion of pattern changes we encountered the day before. We will concentrate on how your patternmaking can enhance the overall design concept of your garment, and how to conceptualize your design so that it can be supported by your patternmaking.

For more information and questions, please feel free to get in touch with me:

Sarah Veblen
15 Cross Falls Circle
Sparks, MD 21152
e-mail: sarah@sarahveblen.com

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