Online Class

One Pattern, Many Looks: Blouses

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Create unique blouses and tops that fit you and your style perfectly. Customize the design details and look of commercial patterns to make them your own.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including McCalls 6649 (mailed separately)
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Sarah Holden
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Breeze through pattern modifications for bodices, collars, closures and sleeves with fashion designer Sarah Holden. Turn a basic blouse pattern into a template you can use to create a wardrobe of custom-fit garments. Modify the length and shape of hems, reimagine garment silhouettes, create any style of yoke and manipulate bust darts to unlock new looks. Bring your garments together in flawless fashion as you learn to add facings, keyhole closures and hidden button plackets. Add boutique appeal to your patterns with cowl, tie-neck and flat-falling collars. Adjust sleeve length and fullness, and create sophisticated ribbon-ruched sleeves and elegant bell sleeves. Build the blouses and tops you've been looking for starting with a single commercial pattern.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction & Making a Muslin
Meet your instructor, designer Sarah Holden, and learn more about the pattern she'll be using as a foundation for building a sloper and design variations. Follow along with McCall's M6649 -- included with your class purchase -- or choose your own favorite blouse pattern to build upon. Then dive right into taking essential measurements and testing the fit with a muslin.
2. Creating a Sloper
3. Bodice Variations
4. Facings & Closures
5. Collar Variations
6. Sleeve Variations

Taught by

Sarah  Holden
Sarah Holden
Sarah has been sewing and making clothes for as long as she can remember. Her first and most beloved teacher was her grandma. After graduating with a degree in studio art, she started her career in theater, working in the costume shops for the Santa Fe Opera, The Denver Center Theater Company and Opera Colorado. She then studied patternmaking at Apparel Arts in San Francisco. After working in California for the women’s label Catherine Jane, Sarah moved to New York City. She currently works in sample development for the Coach Collection, a women’s luxury clothing line.
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