How long is each class?

Most classes are 1.5 or 2 hours and meet weekly. See each class description for exact times. Most classes are about half instructor-led demonstration and half student in-class work time with individualized instructor guidance.

How does the schedule work?

GarmentWorks operates on a quarterly schedule, with four 10-week quarters per year. Classes meet weekly.

Elements of Patternmaking and Elements of Sewing are offered two times each quarter, usually with one daytime meeting and one evening meeting. These 5-week classes rotate order, so they can be taken concurrently or consecutively. They can be taken in any order.

Our Patternmaking/Sewing series of classes stay in the same time slot for the duration of the series. For example, if Patternmaking: Pants meets Wednesdays at 6:30pm, Sewing: Pants will meet Wednesdays at 6:30pm the following quarter.

We alternate daytime and evening time slots each time a class is offered. For example, if Swimwear meets during the day in the current quarter, the next time it is offered it will be in the evening.

Can I design clothing for myself?

Yes! This is recommended. You can also use a dress form. All body shapes are welcome. Students will learn to design and control fit for any body type.

Is this women’s or men’s patternmaking?

It’s neither, or both! At GarmentWorks we believe in teaching you how to engineer clothes that fit and look great on the body they are intended for. There’s not really a need to differentiate genders when learning how to make patterns and achieve the desired fit. 

There will be occasional classes that deal specifically with traditionally gendered garments, such as a menswear-inspired button-down shirt or a triangle top bikini. These classes are still open to all, and we encourage everyone to learn to make clothes for any body.

Is there homework?

Yes, expect to do 2-4 hours of homework per class each week, and you are strongly encouraged to keep up with the pace of the class. Patternmaking and sewing are skills that require time and effort to master, and the more time you can devote to this work the better off you’ll be.

When do I make clothes in final fabric?

The Sewing series of classes are where you will make clothes in “real” fabric. The designs you have developed in the Patternmaking classes will be ready to be sewn in your chosen fashion fabric at the end of those sessions. Sewing class picks up from there and instructs you how to realize your design.

In Sewing class, you learn how to work with all kinds of fabric - from firm wovens to slinky knits. Along the way, you will learn everything from how to finish raw edges to inserting zippers to attaching a waistband.

Do I need to bring my own supplies?

We have tools you can use in class, but you are welcome to bring your own. Be sure they are labeled with your name. You will be required to purchase your own muslin, notions and fashion fabric for class projects.