Create a sewing pattern from an existing piece of clothing and learn the skills you'll need to replicate the fit and design details of your favorite pieces. This class focuses on gaining valuable patternmaking skills. As demonstrated in her book, Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit, Steffani's "pin-through" technique to duplicate garments uses straight pins and kraft paper, tracing the design lines of garment elements with pinholes, then adding darts, pleats and other construction elements. Once you have a pattern, you'll learn how to make adjustments on a test muslin, then transfer those changes back to your pattern, creating a versatile pattern block you can change up with different design details.
You'll need garment sewing experience to get the most from this class, which demonstrates the basics of turning a 3D garment into a 2D paper pattern by copying a vintage blouse with Peter Pan collar, darts, pleats and pockets.
Meet Steffani and learn about her exciting background before discussing basic pattern principles.
Pin your piece's curves, pockets and seams to create a pattern roadmap. Steffani's detailed instruction makes the process easy to understand and execute.
Ease into pinning the sleeve and back half of your garment with step-by-step instructions.
Pattern cuffs, darts and pleats, oh my! Learn how to effectively trace your pattern down to the design details.
You're ready to make a muslin! Follow Steffani's precise instructions through this process and you'll create a well-fitting muslin.
Try it on! Learn to alter your muslin after that first fit with Steffani's step-by-step guidance.
Take apart the muslin to make the adjustments that matter.
You're ready to sew! Steffani shows you how to finalize your pattern and start making garments.
The options are endless as Steffani shows you how to incorporate variations. Add features to your garment or simplify your pattern with her expert advice and tips.
"After years and years of sewing, I have finally broken my dependence on ready made patterns! Sorry Butterick, McCalls and Vogue, I no longer need you thanks to this awesome class. It is sew much fun figuring out the construction techniques from my various ready-made garments - it's like solving a big puzzle. Thank you!"
Fort Wayne IN