Sewing and fashion draping

Sure, your sewer and serger can do beautiful work. They’re machines. But draping and hand sewing are two of the oldest and dearest textile arts in existence.  And even with the inevitable imperfections that are part of the natural beauty and the magic of creatively-designed hand- sewn garments--the workmanship of your hands--can do incredible, often better and more beautiful work. 

But sadly due to modern-day machinery, mass production, computer technology, changes in school curriculum, waning interest and the fast pace in which our lives move and interact with each other what were once mainstays in the fabric of our lives:  draping, hand sewing and pattern making) they’re quickly becoming our past.

They don’t have to be.

Attaching, fastening and stitching fabric together-the old-fashioned way using equal parts of personal creativity, technique and execution is artistry by hand and arts that shouldn’t be lost, but revived, learned, practiced, mastered and passed on.

Fall workshops focus not only on draping, but also on utilizing couture hand sewing techniques in constructing garments and introducing students to another form of pattern making called flat pattern making.

Pattern making is an art and a science, but unlike draping, a very artistic approach to making fashion patterns, flat pattern making may begin with a paper commercial pattern.  That paper pattern is then manipulated on a flat surface. This is an excellent starting point for beginners.

Participants are always interested in making garments for themselves or in learning how to make alterations based on their individual fitting needs. While flat pattern making isn’t pattern alteration, having a solid knowledge of flat-pattern contributes to having a better understanding of pattern alteration, including using darts for fitting; thus, increasing the learner’s ability to understand garment fit better.  

Couture Construction:  Drape, Flat Pattern Make & Construct- Adult

This workshop focuses primarily on using couture hand sewing techniques when constructing a bodice/jacket, including seam finishings, attaching an underlining and zipper work while exploring the two and three-dimensional parameters of pattern cutting and garment construction, in addition to learning how to fully drape a bodice front and back with darts.  Participants drape their garment using a professional dress form, turn the draping into a flat pattern and then complete the garment in its final fashion fabric. Some or all elements of this workshop may be constructed in half-scale.  Supplies:  Basic sewing tools and supplies, a sewing machine (last day of class), 3 yards of cotton muslin fabric.  In addition, participants need fashion fabric for the final construction.  Yardage details will be provided during the second-class meeting. Basic Sewing required

Couture Construction:  Mock-up & Construct-Adult

This workshop focuses primarily on using couture hand sewing techniques when constructing a bodice/jacket, including seam finishings, attaching an underlining and button work while exploring the two and three-dimensional parameters of pattern cutting and garment construction. Participants mock up their garment using a commercial flat pattern and then complete the garment in its final fashion fabric. Some or all elements of this workshop may be constructed in half-scale.  Supplies:  Basic sewing tools and supplies, a sewing machine, buttons, 3 yards of cotton muslin fabric.  In addition, participants will need organza and fashion fabric for the final construction.  Yardage details provided during class. Basic sewing required. 

CLASSROOM COUTURE:  Drape, Flat Pattern Make & Construct (Kids/Teens)

This workshop focuses primarily on using couture hand sewing techniques when constructing a bodice/jacket, including seam finishings, attaching an underlining and zipper work while exploring the two and three-dimensional parameters of pattern cutting and garment construction, in addition to learning how to fully drape a bodice front and back with darts.  Participants drape their garment using a professional dress form, turn the draping into a flat pattern and then complete the garment in its final fashion fabric. Some or all elements of this workshop may be constructed in half-scale.  

Couture Construction:  Drape, Flat Pattern Make & Construct

This workshop focuses primarily on using couture hand sewing techniques when constructing a bodice/jacket, including seam finishings, attaching an underlining and zipper work while exploring the two and three-dimensional parameters of pattern cutting and garment construction, in addition to learning how to fully drape a bodice front and back with darts.  Participants drape their garment using a professional dress form, turn the draping into a flat pattern and then complete the garment in its final fashion fabric. Some or all elements of this workshop may be constructed in half-scale.  

FLAT PATTERN MAKING

Flat Pattern Making:  Bodice Front Dart Manipulation Techniques (Pivot & Slash Methods) 

Learn the beginning basics of flat pattern making and dart manipulation using pivot and slash methods to:  move, combine and dividing and divide darts.

Flat Pattern Making:  Bodice Front Dart Manipulation Techniques (Pivot & Slash Methods)

Learn the beginning basics of flat pattern making and dart manipulation using pivot and slash methods to:  move, combine and dividing and divide darts.

Flat Pattern Making:  Bodice Front Dart Manipulation Techniques (Trace Method)

Learn the beginning basics of flat pattern making and dart manipulation using the tracing method to move darts.

 

 

 

 

 

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