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Patternmaking + Design: Collars & Closures

with Suzy Furrer
Take your patternmaking skills all the way to the top. Learn to draft nine collar variations, finishing details and two types of button plackets.

Outfit your blouses, dresses, jackets and coats with custom collars alongside Apparel Arts founder Suzy Furrer. Learn to draft both standard and hidden button plackets before moving on to collars. Design quick and easy camp collars, classic Peter Pan collars for a vintage look, trendy band collars (also known as Mandarin or Nehru collars), and dress-shirt-style collars with bands. Draft shawl collars interfaced with hair canvas for a smooth roll line, custom-shaped partial-roll collars and one-piece patterns for full-roll collars. Finish your coat or jacket designs in professional fashion with glamorous Napoleon collars and chic notched collars. You'll also learn about marking for production-ready patterns. Draft collars and closures like a fashion designer.

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Lesson 1. Introduction & Drafting Button Plackets

  • Meet your instructor, designer and author Suzy Furrer, learn more about the collars and techniques covered in your class, then dive right into designing traditional and hidden button plackets on your bodice sloper. Your placket measurements will later be incorporated into many of your collar designs.


Lesson 2. Camp Collar & Peter Pan Collar


Lesson 3. Band Collar & Collar With Band


Lesson 4. Shawl & Partial Roll Collars


Lesson 5. Napoleon Collar


Lesson 6. Notched Collar


Lesson 7. Roll Collar

Praise for Suzy Furrer's Patternmaking + Design: Creative Sleeves:

"I have two different books at home about pattern making, and none of them is so thorough and clear as Suzy's classes! I am so happy I was able to take them and I have learnt so much from them. I had made my own sleeves before with the help of the mentioned books, but now I actually understand what I am doing. And there is so much more information included in this class than in my two books together. Also, her way of drafting the sleeves and the other patterns is much more thorough and even logical than what these books have taught me. Thank you, Suzy."
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