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Patternmaking + Design: Creative Sleeves

with Suzy Furrer
Expand your patternmaking prowess. Arm your wardrobe with custom style as you draft a collection of perfect-fitting sleeves for blouses, dresses, jackets and coats.

Create custom-fit woven and knit sleeve slopers and use them to design more than a dozen sleeve styles with Apparel Arts founder Suzy Furrer. Build patterns for basic sleeves, tailored sleeves with elbow darts and two-piece sleeves for a jacket or coat. Draft a short sleeve with an anchor and hem, a three-quarter-length sleeve with a cuff, a mutton-leg sleeve with pleats or darts, and more. Tackle bell sleeves with varying degrees of fullness. Create chic cap sleeves, eye-catching tulip sleeves and luxurious lined sleeves. Design sleeves with a placket, pleats and a cuff — perfect for a button-down shirt. Plus, learn how to draft a bodice and sleeve with a drop shoulder. Reach your patternmaking potential! Draft custom sleeves like a fashion designer.

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Lesson 1. Introduction & Getting Started

  • Meet your instructor, Apparel Arts founder Suzy Furrer, and consider the changes you'll need to make to a bodice sloper before you start drafting your sleeves. Suzy reviews the pattern modifications needed for a blouse, dress, jacket or coat, then goes over the key measurements you'll want to take for accurate sleeves.


Lesson 2. Basic Sleeve Sloper & Tailor Sleeve


Lesson 3. Two-Piece Sleeve & Sleeve With Vent


Lesson 4. Sleeve Variations Part 1


Lesson 5. Sleeve Variations Part 2


Lesson 6. Lining, Placket, Pleat & Cuff


Lesson 7. Drop-Shoulder Sleeve & Bodice

"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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