Beginning Patternmaking E-Course: Registration Now Open!

I am super excited to announce that I’m offering a brand-new e-course this summer: Beginning Patternmaking! Like a lot of folks, I started sewing with store-bought patterns but quickly became frustrated when they were never quite what I was looking for.  Like shopping for the perfect purse: you know what you want, if only you could find it!  When I realized I could make my own patterns, from my own ideas, from scratch, it was as if a window had opened up and I could see inspiration stretching ahead of me for miles and miles and miles.

In the years that I was designing children’s clothing, making patterns was the only way I could find classic looks for kids that I really wanted my own children to wear–and that I felt good about making to sell.  There are plenty more options out there today when it comes to choosing sewing patterns, but I know with absolute certainty that each of us is bursting with ideas for “I wish they’d make a…” and “I used to have a ______, but can’t find one for my kids” and “If I could just find a….” patterns.  Folks, we’re just going to have to be the ones to take the dog by the ears, as the Romans used to say, and make these magical patterns ourselves!  The best part?  You can totally do this.

Pattern drafting for making flat patterns, paper patterns like you purchase from a store, is based on simple ideas and simple math (like, addition–and you’re totally allowed to use your calculators, Sports Fans!).  Once you’ve mastered these principles, the entire world is your oyster, and you’ll be set on a path to making all your sewing dreams come true!  If you’ve worked with patterns before, and have basic sewing skills down, you can absolutely learn to draft your own patterns.  And I’d really like to show you how!

See all the details for the Beginning Patternmaking e-course, and register early!  As with my other online classes, I’m offering an early bird discount off the registration price.  Come spend part of the summer with me, and let’s make some super cute clothes–and patternmaking history!

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  • Camille
    May 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Woo! I am so stinkin’ excited! I have wanted to learn how to make patterns for a while, but the idea of learning on my own out of a book just kept getting put off again and again… and again… Now, no excuses! I’m signed up!

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  • Donya
    May 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I am so flippin’ excited for this!!! Not only have I wanted to learn to draft my own patterns for some time but this will be a prefect thing to read during those 2AM feedings when baby girl #2 gets here in late June. Can’t wait.

  • michelle
    May 25, 2011 at 8:02 am

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I signed up already so I don’t forget! Can’t wait! I’m so pleased with the knits course I can’t wait for this one to start!

  • lynda way
    February 4, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    how much are the classes? any surger classes being taught?

  • Gail Guinn
    May 19, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I cannot find where to register for the patternmaking class. I keep going in circles on the website. Where can I find out how much the class is and where to register?
    Thank you!

  • Maggie
    June 7, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Hi…..any clue as to where I can find out more about the beginner pattern making class or was this last year?
    It sound good and I am interested in learning more.
    thank you

    • Deborah
      June 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Hi, Maggie! That class was offered last year. Currently, I don’t have plans to offer it again, but I’m making some lists for future reference and I’ll be sure to make a note that you’re interested! Thanks for checking!

  • Janise Crumpler
    July 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Hi, I would love to take the pattern drafting class. Will you be offering it again?

    Thanks a bunch

    • Deborah
      July 3, 2013 at 10:18 am

      I’m currently working on revising the back-end of my class delivery to make it easier for me to offer multiple classes. I’ll be sure and send out a newsletter with an update when that happens–I’m hoping the new format will allow me to offer the patternmaking series again!

  • Elizabeth
    September 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I would also love to know if you offer this course again. I’m interested in developing slopers for children. Thanks!

    • Deborah
      October 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

      The class will be offered again in January of 2014! Keep your eyes on the blog for more info, or sign up for the newsletter and I’ll send out a pre-registration discount code once the class goes live. I’ll hope to have you join us!

  • Sakina
    December 22, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I want to sign up for the class for jan.2014

  • Mal Moni
    June 14, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I would like to sign up for the class or August 2014

    • Deborah
      June 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      The course is still available for registration! The live portion is complete, but all the lessons are still available and can be accessed immediately following payment. Click through the links to get started! 🙂