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Pattern Design with Justin Avery

This class offers a multi-level experience depending on the sewing level  of the participant. Instruction will be a combination of in-person sessions with Justin and independent work at home, guided by pre-recorded videos.

The course covers understanding the relationship between fit and pattern making by teaching flat and 3-dimensional patterns. Each student will learn how to take detailed body measurements and how to use drafting tools to create their own individual patterns to fit their measurements. The class will focus on tops and include techniques for setting sleeves. Each student will leave the course with a basic pattern "sloper" and the knowledge of the basic construction techniques used to sew a garment.

More advanced students will learn how these patterns and skills can then be translated to alter commercial patterns as well as learning skills required for more complex shapes and designs.

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Supplies Needed:

  • Yard stick
  • 12" ruler
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Black, felt tip pen
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • 1 yard muslin, 90"
  • 60" measuring tape
  • 3 yards "dot" pattern paper
  • Seam ripper
  • Scotch Tape
  • Vary form curve
  • Lance FC-1 French curve
  • Right angle ruler
  • Tracing wheel
  • Paper cutting scissors



Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Advanced Beginner
Requirements: Basic sewing skills and sewing machine knowledge required.
Instructor: Justin Avery
Instructor Bio: Justin Avery is a local tailor with more than 30 years experience in the garment construction industry, and holds a degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). His specialties include but are not limited to: pattern drafting, wedding dresses, design and construction, general alterations, reconstructions, couture, formal dresses and costuming. He believes in creating garments to fit real bodies, rather than expecting bodies to fit into the narrow range of what is currently considered fashionable.

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