GarmentWorks is a school of clothing design and engineering that teaches the techniques needed to design, draft and sew garments that work. It is ideal for students who want to work in the fashion industry, start their own apparel business or take their hobby to an expert level. The school fills a unique niche in apparel industry education by combining rigorous college-level apparel design coursework in a small setting modeled after a design atelier.
Sara Alm and Heather Habig bring more than 20 years of combined experience working and teaching in the industry. They both taught at Apparel Arts, a fashion design school located in Oakland, California, where they created and developed courses in Knitwear, Swimwear, Menswear and Couture Sewing. In addition to teaching at Apparel Arts, Sara has written two books: Famous Frocks and Designing Clothes with the Flat Pattern Method. She has also created 11 online apparel construction classes with Bluprint, now owned by NBC Universal. While teaching at Apparel Arts, Heather ran her own women’s clothing business, Heather Who, for 7 years. She has also worked with various small clothing manufacturers in the Bay Area, assisting with operations, patternmaking and product development on a freelance basis. Previously she worked at Old Navy Corporate in the IT and Visual Merchandising departments.
We founded GarmentWorks in 2018 because sharing our deep knowledge of garment design and construction has been our profession and passion for 20 years combined. Our purpose as educators is to convey the technical aspects and science of clothing design in order to empower students to create endless design options for every body. The curriculum comprises the best practices that we have developed over the course of our careers as educators in the fields of Patternmaking, Sewing and Industry Production Practices. We are continuously experimenting and exploring new avenues of clothing design and construction as the industry evolves, and enjoy sharing these discoveries with students.
Sara and Heather