In the Contemporary Fashion Education skirt and pant courses each student develops a skirt and then a pant pattern that fits her, while learning the professional drafting and sewing skills used in the fashion industry.

Tiffany checks the measurements in her charts to
make sure her drafting is correct.

Whether you wish to work in industry, would like to have your own fashion business, or want to make more professional clothing for yourself and your family, the Contemporary Fashion Education program is the program for you. Here you will learn the skills that will enable you to make beautiful clothing like that sold in high-end shops throughout the world, custom drafted to your exact fit.

Written and taught by a production patternmaker with patternmaking and sewing experience both in custom and industrial couture, this is the method that the professionals use because it works. The method can be used in both high-tech designing departments and in the home. Minimal equipment is required.

This and all the other courses in the CFE program are hands-on. Students use flat patterning and draping methods employed in designing departments. Students measure each other, then complete the math charts in their textbooks, which enable them to draft custom patterns to their personal fit.

Students draft, using the step-by-step textbooks Laurel wrote for the program which she has taught for over 24 years, 20 in two Philadelphia universities. She has included math charts in her books to make it easy for students to keep track of their measurements.

Monica fits a fellow student’s skirt muslin.
This diagram tells the students that
when drafting for an asymmetrical body,
both the left and the right patterns
are laid as though they were for the
right side of the body.

Students learn how to fit by fitting each other.
After the fitting the student who was fitted will transfer the corrections to her drafted skirt pattern. Having a straight skirt pattern that fits enables a student to draft many skirt styles from the straight skirt pattern. All styles will fit.

The diagrams and charts in the book address all fit differences, including asymmetrical fit, as shown in the above diagram.

 Paulette shows off her new skirt.
  Two textbooks are used in the course.
Students use the textbooks, shown above in the classroom. Sewing skills needed to complete both the skirt and the pants are demonstrated in the classroom.

Each book contains over 300 pages of step-by-step diagrammed information, as done by the top industrial professionals. Both books have been extensively edited and tested.

Laurel checks each student’s fit to make sure it is accurate.
She also checks that the pants give a pleasing appearance.
Here is Paulette again with her finished pants.
In this layout the right pant, cut from the pattern
after the front and back patterns were
joined at the side seam, is used to cut the left pant to match.

Included in the courses is information on how to deal with matching stripes and plaids. In the above photo the cut right pant is now being used to cut the left pant to match. This procedure eliminates the need to match at the side seam and also produces pants that match. Paulette used this procedure to produce her striped pants.

All procedures are demonstrated as many times as needed for students to learn the work. All procedures are hands-on. All procedures are as done in high-end designing departments.

Enrollment is limited. Please ensure your place in the class by calling 215 884 7065 or e-mailing. 


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