owner of Victorian Vanities
models a mourning dress
she made to present information
about Victorian mourning customs.
|Now is the time to learn the skills you need to make clothing that fits
and that you will really enjoy wearing. Janet, who has since finished
this certificate program, models her blouse in progress.
Now is the time to learn the skills you need to make exquisite clothing like that sold on Madison Avenue and/or to start your very own fashion business. Learning these skills will give you a wardrobe everyone will admire. Do you know that the sewing methods used in industry are different than the sewing methods used by home sewers? The professional skills taught in this program will help you start that fashion business you have always dreamed of.
Two courses are offered in January: Drafting & Fitting Pants and Skirts and Grading & Fitting a Blouse and Jacket. Drafting & Fitting Pants and Skirts is open to new students. Grading & Fitting a Blouse and Jacket is open ONLY to students who have completed the prerequisite, Fitting Home Sewing Patterns/Grading to Fit.
Here is the link to the course order form. Information about these courses is below.
|The sewing in the program is
demonstrated on this
Feather-weight made in 1941,shown above, a machine
that only sews forward and back.
You do NOT need sewing experience. When you begin this program you need only to be able to sew two plies of fabric together on your machine at home.
You do NOT need expensive equipment. Whatever sewing machine you already have will be more than adequate. In fact, the higher-end the garment, the less complicated the machinery needed to make it.
You will need some simple drafting tools, the same drafting tools used in the industry to draft patterns.
|Each student drafts and sews to her personal fit.|
Each student drafts and sews to her personal fit, learning in the process how garments need to be drafted and sewn to fit real human people.
|Laurel explains a drafting procedure to Kathy|
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.
10 three-hour classes on Saturdays
|Custom fitting a correctly drafted
pant pattern produces a muslin
|Preventing pulls under the
crotch requires expert drafting,
as taught in this course.
1 pm – 4 pm on Saturdays
January 17, 24, 31,
February 7, 14, 21, 28,
$350 for the 10 week course
Prerequisite: Fitting Home Sewing Patterns/Grading to Fit
In the prerequisite course
students developed and
tested personal slopers.
Here Laurel checks
Second session – spring:
$350 for each 10 week course
|This classroom tested book
contains 384 fully diagrammed pages.
|This classroom tested book
contains 304 fully diagrammed pages.
In the Fitting Home Sewing/Grading to Fit course students developed personal slopers. Slopers are basic patterns from which style patterns are developed. Stephanie models a muslin bodice that was cut from a pattern drafted from her custom sloper. A skirt has just been draped and pinned onto the bodice. A strapless neckline has been marked on the muslin. The end result will be a gown she will wear to a costume convention.
Books are available for sale.
Visit www.Laurelhoffmann.com – to order published books,
If you decide to buy any of my books, please consider the following:
- 143: Fitting Patterns August 19, 2021
- 144: Gift of the Magi July 23, 2021
- 145: 6 Ways to Improve How You Look and Feel During the Pandemic July 13, 2021
- 142: Sustainability – industry, personal July 3, 2021
- 141: Commercial Home Sewing Patterns Problems May 15, 2021
- 140: Contemporary Fashion Education program May 15, 2021