Pattern Drafting 101


This class is for students ready for the next step after working with commercial sewing patterns.  Do you have designer dreams and need help with execution?  In this 8 week advanced class we will cover the basic concepts of pattern making and pattern manipulation.

Using basic (half scale) pattern blocks or ‘slopers’, students will create multiple bodice patterns exploring the concepts of dart manipulation, style lines and contouring.  Students will learn how to create different bodices, collars, and sleeve patterns. We will not be sewing in this class. Anyone who likes can sew up muslin samples of their half sized patterns as homework each week, and bring them in to go over in the next class.  These skills are the foundation of all pattern drafting, custom sewing and fashion design – they will get you well on your way to your career as a designer or just feeling more confident in your sewing skills!   (If you are interested in learning to draft skirts, we suggest taking our Intro to Garments I class)

This class is 8 weeks long and each class is 2hrs.
Course fee is $250+HST

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Class Outline:

  • Class One: Introduction to Concepts of Pattern Making and Dart Manipulation
  • Class Two: Designing with Darts
  • Class Three: Style Lines and Added Fullness
  • Class Four: Contouring
  • Class Five: Yokes and Classic Empire
  • Class Six: Collars
  • Class Seven: Sleeves
  • Class Eight: Specific student projects, questions, and trouble shooting.

***students must have taken Intro to Garments 1 or 2, or have equivalent experience sewing garments.

Students will need the following supplies: 

  • 3 ring binder
  • Black felt tip pen for labelling
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • 15 sheet protectors
  • 1 package of white paper
  • Scotch tape (the type that you can write on)

Although it is not mandatory, it is recommended that students purchase:

  • Pattern making ruler (available for purchase at the studio)
  • French curve (available for purchase at the studio)
  • Tracing Wheel (available for purchase at the studio)
  • A copy of “Pattern Making for Fashion Design” by Helen Joseph Armstrong can be purchased at The Ryerson Bookstore, The George Brown Book Store or (A copy of Pattern Making for Fashion Design is available for use at the studio)

All students will receive a PDF copy of The Make Den’s block pattern in sizes 0-26. This means you can make patterns in 14 different sizes – perfect if you’re starting a clothing line or you’d like to do custom sewing!

***Class registration fees are non-refundable. If you need to cancel you class, you can use your credit towards a different class date or towards materials from our retail space. There is a $35~ fee for classes cancelled or changed with less than 7 days notice from your registered start date.

Upcoming Dates and Online Registration:

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Pattern Drafting 101 (Downstairs Studio - Bloordale)

This class begins on Sunday November 12th 2017 from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm and runs for eight weeks (Nov 12, 19, 26, Dec 3, 10, 17, Jan 7, 14). We will be close Dec 24th- Jan 2nd for the holidays. Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$250.00

Date: Sunday November 12, 2017

Available Spaces: 0