Our videos demonstrate industrial high-end drafting and sewing techniques
Just up on YouTube! 
New Video: Drafting bust darting into a bodice pattern
Drafting bust darting into a bodice pattern
Drafting bust darting into a bodice pattern


How to draft additional bust darting into a bodice pattern will be taught as part of the process needed to determine how to grade home-sewing and other grade-rule patterns to fit in the upcoming ten-week class at Abington Art Center. Read more about this course.  To register for the course, hit this link.

How to Sew a Convertible Collar

This new video is the sequel to Correcting a Home-Sewing Convertible Collar Pattern

Learn industrial methods
Learn how to modify home-sewing convertible collar patterns to produce professional results.
How to Correct Sleeve Cap Notches
Correcting sleeve cap notches
Correcting sleeve cap notches


How to Trace a Home-Sewing Pattern
Learn how to trace a home-sewing pattern.
How to set a woman’s high-end fly zipper, right from industry!
This is how professionals set fly zippers!
Raise stitching holds the facing in place.
Download these fly_zip_mockup_patterns to make the sample shown in the video. You can also use these patterns to set up your pant patterns for sewing the zipper.
Learn the easy, professional way to set an invisible zipper with just a standard zipper foot.
Learn the fast, easy, professional way to set an invisible zipper.

New video series: Creating Fashion with Laurel

Learn how professionals sew high-end garments

These methods, shown in this new video series, Creating Fashion with Laurel, are not generally available because in the industry production is line assembly. Often two people sitting next to each other do not know each other’s job. That is why very few in the industry, with the exception of the pattern makers, understand the entire process. Laurel worked as a production pattern maker/ technical designer and grader in the industry before the advent of the computer. She learned sample making (sewing an entire garment together using industrial methods) from her sample makers. Laurel’s experience includes high-end industrial couture for preferred (NYC) customers. She was trained here in the USA industry by European master tailors. She has written and tested her material for over 30 years in her continuing professional college classes, attended by design room personnel, entrepreneurs, and other professional women.

Now, she and her son are producing videos that present these procedures. Try them! They REALLY work! And they are easy! You will be amazed at your success! With this new information you will now be able to make clothing that in the past you could only dream of owning.

These two videos are the same with this exception. One is captioned for the hearing impaired. The videos show how to mass produce in the home, as well as how to make the masks that were approved by the Philadelphia medical community.

Making a mask without any sewing

Assembled from discarded, cut clothing, sneaker shoelaces, and safety pins, even a five-year-old can make this mask. No sewing involved. The finished mask even has a pocket for a filter!

How to hand-sew a mask

Don’t own a sewing machine? Here is a mask you can hand sew.

How to hand roll a scarf

Prefer to wear a scarf instead of a mask? This video shows you how to cut the scarf and hand-roll the edges. Also included are high-end instructions for cutting and finishing a chiffon scarf.

Laurel’s young student shows how to draft a skirt pattern


Learning industrial pattern and sewing skills introduces young girls to engineering concepts.

Video describing the booklet

Downloadable booklet : Six High-End Zipper Set

This little booklet presents how high-end zippers are set in the industry.
Many zipper setters sew 500 zippers a day.

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