Online Class

Patternmaking + Design: Collars & Closures


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

Skill Level


What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Suzy Furrer
  • 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

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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.
2. Camp Collar & Peter Pan Collar
3. Band Collar & Collar With Band
4. Shawl & Partial Roll Collars
5. Napoleon Collar
6. Notched Collar
7. Roll Collar

Additional Supplies Needed

  • Bodice sloper
  • Awl
  • Drafting curve

Taught by

Suzy Furrer
Suzy Furrer
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 experience make her lessons easy to follow and fun to use!
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