Carrie Miller, “(Pass) Through” (detail)


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Create A Pattern From An Existing Garment

You have a favorite garment, right? That go-to item that fits perfectly and makes you feel wonderful when you’re wearing it. But, it’s wearing out or you’d like it in another color or fabric. What to do? Learn to make a pattern from your garment without deconstructing it! You’ll learn to do just that in this fabulous two-day workshop with couture seamstress, Susan Stowell. Day one includes: Discussion and close inspection of your garment – its construction detail, fit, and options for minor alterations and design modifications. Preparation of your garment for patterning. Guided usage of appropriate techniques to reproduce your garment’s details. Completion of your pattern, including adding seam allowances. Day two includes: Cutting out your pattern in muslin or appropriate “practice fabric” and test sewing it for fit. Fitting your prototype and adjusting and fine-tuning your pattern. Along the way, you’ll learn how to use professional pattern drafting tools and techniques, and you’ll enjoy inspiring discussions on fit, design details, fabric, and sewing techniques. Susan Stowell has a lifetime of experience in the garment sewing and fashion design industry, including expert tailoring and fine-tuned fitting techniques, pattern and sample making for couture designers, vintage garment reproduction, and theatrical design and creation. She resides in Asheville, NC and works from her home studio where her focus is custom couture clothing design, personal/ production/ commercial sewing patternmaking, design development for local design firms, and teaching couture sewing/patternmaking/fitting workshops.


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