Online Class

Patternmaking + Design: Creative Necklines


Beautiful necklines and finishing details are the mark of an excellent patternmaker. Learn to draft an array of flattering necklines and finishing flourishes.

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What You Get

  • 10 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

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 even further as you create custom dress patterns. Draft a surplice dress with a V-neckline, chevron stripes and a full skirt with a facing. Move on to a boat-neck dress with a tulip skirt, a lining and an underlining. Finally, draft a strapless dress with two flounces, boning for added bodice stiffness and a waist stay. Learn the skills to draft designer neckline styles and striking dresses, blouses, T-shirts and tunics.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Meet Suzy Furrer
Meet your instructor, Suzy Furrer, and learn more about the necklines and techniques covered in your class.
2. Boat Neckline
3. V Necklines
4. Sweetheart & Cornered Necklines
5. Strapless, Halter & Grecian Necklines
6. Funnel & Opera Necklines
7. The Striped Surplice Dress
8. The Boat-Neck Dress With Tulip Skirt
9. The Strapless Pencil Dress
10. The Knit Dress

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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