Enabler Alert!! Craftsy has all classes on sale today for Black Friday and also Cyber Monday and it is the perfect time to buy a class or two if you have been wanting to add to your skill level or get into patternmaking, or couture sewing!
Hope that you had a fabulous Thanksgiving and are enjoying a nice weekend. I’ll be doing some online shopping for both fabric and online classes as soon as my kid goes down for a nap! See my review of all the classes I am already enrolled in and what I am buying today, as well as what I am putting on my wishlist!
I am purchasing the latest Coat Pattern Making class by Suzy Furrer for Black Friday. I studied pattern making with her in person at Apparel Arts and she is truly brilliant! I got to visit Suzy last year at the new school location and it is amazing! She is now also teaching on craftsy and I have all of her online pattern making classes
All classes are $17.87 or less. To get this amazing deal, click HERE
Here are the classes I am currently registered for. I highly recommend all of them. Suzy is an excellent teacher and also very responsive.
We studied pattern making at Apparel Arts in this order. Now you can benefit from her classes at home! If you want to learn pattern making, these would be the classes to take in order to build a good foundation.
Skirt Sloper : Click HERE
Here are a couple skirts I made for my final collection while studying with her:
Bodice Sloper: Click HERE
From a bodice sloper, you can draft dresses, tops. jackets. Here is a dress and jacket I self-drafted using my bodice sloper:
Dart Manipulation/Seam Lines: Click HERE
This class focusses on taking the basic slopers drafted for the body and then manipulating them into different style elements. For example, here you will learn how to change a basic darts on your sloper into princess seams, gathers, pleats, tucks etc.
Here is a good example of manipulating a bodice sloper into a sweetheart strappless neckline and also manipulating the darts into princess seams. (ps- that isnt alkee-hol, i just posed for my final collection :))
Another example fo a self-drafted garment is this one. You also learn about adding excess ease and then removing it in the form of pleats (which are dart equivalents)
Creative Necklines: Click HERE
Collars/Closures : Click HERE
Sleeves: Click HERE
You know sleeves can completely change a garment. Dramatic sleeves are still in
. You can learn how to make bishop sleeves, bell sleeves etc. Here is a bell sleeve I drafted this summer.
Pants : Click HERE
Here is a pair of pants I drafted in school. Not the best fabric choice, which caused the wrinkles. But being a novice, I can see why I selected this fabric. These pants with a stretch denim would be so cute! Hindsight is 20/20 🙂
I also highly recommend her textbook, which is the Bible of Pattern Making. You can find it HERE
In fact, I just purchased a second copy because I misplaced my original one
I have also taken and reviewed the following classes in the past. They are both for tailoring a coat:
The first one is Essential Guide to Tailoring: Structure & Shape and the second one is Essential Guide to Tailoring: Construction
You can read my review of these classes HERE and see the final garment HERE
Here is the latest coat I made, I should be posting this one to the blog soon!
I hope this post helps you see how these classes can help someone who wants to be a self-taught fashion designer. Gone are the days where you needed to take out crazy student loans and go to fashion school. regardless of whether you want to be creative and design for yourself, or be a self-taught designer and turn into a career option, the sky is the limit. With online learning, it IS possible!
In the last year, I added the following class to my library to make this chiffon skirt
I also added a coverstitch class
Let me know if you like online learning. I have the following I am adding to my wishlist and plan to score them on upcoming sales:
- Sewing with Waxed Canvas: HERE
- Couture Dressmaking Techniques: HERE
Happy Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping! Have a relaxing weekend!!!