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  • The first class in our patternmaking series 
  • Patternmaking techniques that can be used for yourself or your line
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  • Over 4 hours of close-up instruction
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Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper

with Suzy Furrer
Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper
Make a personalized skirt sloper, and use it to draft custom skirt patterns with an inspiring array of silhouettes and design details.

Take the first step toward being your own designer. Learn to draft stylish skirt patterns with Suzy Furrer, founder of Apparel Arts Fashion Design School. Start with how to make a skirt sloper that's perfectly fitted to your measurements. Then, with Suzy as your guide, use your sloper to draft A-line, bias and circle flared skirts. Draft pleated skirts with inverted box, accordion or knife pleats. Create skirts with silhouettes such as a lowered waist with a contoured waistband, an Empire waistline complete with a facing, or a pencil skirt. Add personality to your pattern with a flounce or peplum, or even draft a wrap skirt. Finish your pattern with details such as pockets, waistbands, facings and linings, and you're ready to sew a custom skirt you designed yourself!

Sign up for both of our basic patternmaking classes and save $50, or 36%.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Meet Suzy Furrer

  • Get to know your instructor and learn more about flat patternmaking. The basic techniques you'll learn are standard in the garment industry and useful in all kinds of patternmaking, including dress and coat design.


Lesson 2. Measuring & Setting Up the Sloper


Lesson 3. Drafting a One-Dart Sloper


Lesson 4. Making the Muslin & Fine-Tuning Fit


Lesson 5. Drafting Flared Skirts


Lesson 6. Drafting Pleated Skirts


Lesson 7. Waist Variations & an Easy Pocket


Lesson 8. Flounces & Drapes


Lesson 9. Waistbands, Facings, Linings & Knits


Lesson 10. Production Patterns & Examples

"I have really LOVED this class. I have been sewing since I was a child, I did not go to design school but have taken several tailoring classes and have made men's suits all the way through children's clothing, crafts, quilting and embroidery. Suzy's class is a MUST for anyone wanting to really understand garment construction. She goes through the 'how & why' things are done as well as teach you in a clear, focused, concise way to draft a pattern. You could really begin making successful designs following her instructions. I can't wait for her next class!"
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