GarmentWorks teaches the techniques needed to design, draft and sew garments that work. We address patternmaking concepts, such as manipulating darts, adding flare and controlling ease, and how those concepts can be used to achieve desired results. Once concepts are understood and mastered, they can be applied to any garment for endless design options.
Students can design class projects for themselves (recommended) or a dress form. All body shapes and genders are welcome in class. Our coursework is not gender specific as students will learn to design and control fit for every body. Learning to fit is a major component of successful patternmaking, and our classes build the development of this skill.
Patterns that are developed in the Patternmaking class series are sewn up in final fabric during the corresponding Sewing class series. The schedule is organized so that the appropriate Sewing class is offered the quarter after taking Patternmaking.
Classes are offered on a quarterly schedule, and meet weekly. Most classes are 1.5 or 2 hours - see each class description for exact timing. Classes consist of a combination of instructor demonstration and lecture, and student in-class work time with instructor guidance.