No matter what your
measurements, all sewing
patterns can be graded
to fit you.

This fall Contemporary Fashion Education is offering two courses: Fitting Home Sewing Patterns/Grading to Fit on Saturday mornings, Design Room Techniques on Saturday afternoons. Prices, the fall schedule, and a link to the Course Order Form are found at the bottom of this post.

The Contemporary Fashion Education school is located in Oreland, PA, 19075, one mile from the PA turnpike Fort Washington exit. Oreland is 10 minutes northwest of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Parking is free. Enrollment is limited to 6 students per class.

 From Conception to Production, a two-day master class is also offered. The class will be held October 15-16, at this year’s annual Association of Sewing and Design Professionals Education Conference in Philadelphia. The Conference will be held at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District Hotel in Old City. Information about From Conception to Production is found on this blog on Post 41:  SEMINAR – From Conception to Production.

This diagram shows how to draft an asymmetrical waistline.
Asymmetrical fit is addressed in the Fitting Home Sewing Patterns/
Grading to Fit course, its book Grading to Fit,
and the entire Contemporary Fashion Education program.
Well fitted asymmetrical clothing gives the wearer the
appearance of having a symmetrical. figure.
Fitting Home Sewing Patterns/Grading to Fit, offered Saturday mornings this fall, is the first of a 3-course series in which you will learn how to grade home sewing patterns to your custom fit. No matter what your measurements, readily available home sewing patterns can be graded to fit you. Understanding how to grade to fit eliminates the misery of fitting pattern after pattern. Here is the link to more information about this and the other courses.

Shown here is Laurel’s master sample book for the course.
The sample book contains 60 pages with over 100 
samples. Mastering the material in this course will take the
misery out of your sewing. For example: you will learn how
to sew zippers with ease, matching seam line to seam line. 

In Design Room Techniques, offered Saturday afternoons this fall,you will make a sample book as you learn the basic sewing skills used in industry to produce high-end couture garments worth thousands of dollars. Here is the link to more information about this and the other courses.

Diagrammed books that show the procedures, step-by-step, 
enable students to speed through the course work. 

In all of the Contemporary Fashion Education classes you will learn how patterns are drafted, and how exquisitely made clothing is sewn in the industry’s high-end designing departments. You will use fully diagrammed books, written to support these courses. The books present, step-by-step, the procedures used by the best pattern makers and sample makers in the industry.

You will use these procedures, hands on, to draft patterns and produce samples, exactly as done by the professionals.

Laurel Hoffmann, instructor and author, is one of the top 1% most endorsed on @Linkedin in the United States for sewing. She worked as a production patternmaker/technical designer in the industry where she learned and did high-end couture sewing that sold at Saks and Bergdorf Goodman’s in NYC and other stores. Her goal is to make high-end industrial patternmaking and sewing techniques available to everyone.

Fitting Home Sewing Patterns/Grading to Fit
12 three-hour classes on Saturday’s
9pm to noon
Sep.13, 20, 27, Oct. 11, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, Dec. 6,
Dec. 13 – 2 sessions: 9 am – noon, 1 pm to 4 pm
No classes Oct.4, 18, or Nov. 29
Course price: $425.00

Students also need to buy the textbook

Grading to Fit
$90.00 wholesale, plus $5.40 tax
Design Room Techniques
10 three-hour classes on Saturdays
1 pm to 4 pm
Sep. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 11, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, Dec 6
No classes Oct. 4, 18, or Nov. 29
Course price: $350.00

Students also need to buy the textbook 
Design Room Techniques
$100 wholesale + $6.00 tax
Ensure your place in the class by either calling Laurel at 215 884 7065 or by e-mailing her.

Questions? Call 215 884 7065 to speak with Laurel.
To register complete the Course Order Form and send it with the payment in by mail. Course fees must be paid in full before the first class day. No refunds after the first day of class. Payment can be made by check or money order to Contemporary Fashion Education, Box 74, Oreland, PA 19075. Only students who have paid for the course can buy its textbook(s) at wholesale price. Books can be shipped – or picked up the first day of class.



 Phone: 215 884 7065

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All material on this blog is copyrighted by and is the exclusive right of Laurel Hoffmann.

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