Suzy Furrer
Craftsy Instructor

San Francisco, CA USA

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Suzy Furrer has been working in the apparel industry since the mid-'80s. After studying patternmaking with couturier Simmon Sethna in 1996, Suzy started Apparel Arts, a San Francisco-based fashion design school. She also wrote Building Patterns: The Architecture of Women’s Clothing, which is used as a textbook at Apparel Arts and other fashion design schools on the West Coast. Suzy's years of teaching experience and wealth of patternmaking ... Read Full Bio »

Suzy's Craftsy Classes

Patternmaking + Design: Creative Sleeves

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.

$69.99

Patternmaking + Design: Collars & Closures

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.

$49.99 $69.99

Patternmaking + Design: Creative Necklines

Complete your patternmaking foundation. Join Apparel Arts founder Suzy Furrer as she builds on her Patternmaking Basics and Patternmaking + Design: Creative Darts & Seam Lines classes to guide you through drafting, fitting, truing and marking neckline styles such as boat, Grecian, funnel, opera, V-neck, sweetheart, cornered and more! Then, hone your patternmaking prowess as you create custom patterns: a surplice dress with a V-neck, chevron stripes and a full skirt with a facing. Move on to a boat-neck dress with a tulip skirt, lining and underlining. Finally, draft a strapless dress with flounces, bodice boning and a waist stay. Learn the skills to draft designer neckline styles and striking dresses, blouses, T-shirts and tunics.

$69.99

Patternmaking + Design: Creative Darts & Seam Lines

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.

$69.99

Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper

Take your fashion design education to the next level in this follow-up to Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper. With Apparel Arts founder Suzy Furrer, you'll create a moulage, or a precise fabric blueprint of the upper body. Learn to draft both your front and back moulage based on accurate measurements, cut your muslin and assemble it. Then you'll go step-by-step through refining the fit. With your moulage patterns perfectly customized, you'll use them to make a finished sloper, complete with wearing ease. Suzy will even discuss design options that can be created from your bodice sloper, and how to transform your woven sloper into a knit sloper.

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

$69.99

Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper

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 by making your own perfectly fitted skirt sloper. 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%.

$69.99

Suzy's Projects

Add Gathers to a Side Panel
Knit Dress With Asymmetrical Neckline
Endless Possibilities
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