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Patternmaking + Design: Creative Darts & Seam Lines

with Suzy Furrer
Design desirable, original garments by manipulating darts and silhouettes. Create tops, dresses, jackets and more with inspired looks that ready-to-wear can't touch.

Learn fashion industry skills for drafting custom patterns and creating designer garments that are uniquely yours. Join Apparel Arts founder Suzy Furrer as she builds on her Patternmaking Basics classes and teaches you how to get creative with darts and seam lines. Master dart manipulation fundamentals before moving on to advanced manipulations with multiple darts, gathers or ruching, as well as the industry method of pivoting darts. Then, discover how to draft a world of striking silhouettes featuring princess seams, Empire waists, A-lines and more. Finally, enjoy plenty of design inspiration as Suzy displays how to combine these manipulations to create finished garments such as an A-line dress with a neck dart, a princess-line top with a peplum and a babydoll tunic with pleats.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Meet Suzy Furrer

  • Meet your instructor, Suzy Furrer, and learn more about using darts and seam lines as design elements in your garments.


Lesson 2. The Basics of Dart Manipulation


Lesson 3. Dart Variations


Lesson 4. Gathers & Curves


Lesson 5. Dart Wrap-Up


Lesson 6. Princess Line to the Armhole


Lesson 7. Princess Line Variations


Lesson 8. Empire & Babydoll Lines


Lesson 9. A-Line, Swing & Double-Breasted Lines


Lesson 10. Designing Garments For Production

"This is a dream of a class. Fantastic explanations, great clear descriptions and step-by-step instructions. So incredibly inspiring, and letting me feel that I at the end of it all have the tools to create absolutely what I want! I started sewing a year ago, and have taken a couple of draft-classes to get the general sloper in, and then tried to learn techniques by reading books, and learning off the net. This class is just the excellent answer to all my questions. Thanks a lot, Suzy!"
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