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Basic Clothing Design

An introduction to clothing design, including sketching, basic pattern drafting and clothing construction techniques. Using a given base pattern, alter its design to suit your tastes. Fit and prototype using a muslin, choosing appropriate fabric and incorporating design details, both aesthetic and functional. Finish by sewing a simple, unique garment. After this, move on to Clothing Projects. Prerequisite: Basic Sewing and some experience sewing patterns. Limit 6 students

Taylor McVay

Taylor McVay

Taylor McVay is a lifelong devotee to the craft of sewing, in practical as well as artistic forms. As a sewist and pattern maker, she has worked with both established and up-and-coming fashion designers, collaborated on wearables for internationally exhibiting artists, and created custom clothing for a range of clientele. Her sewing pattern company, Blueprints For Sewing, features designs inspired by architecture and art.

As an artist, Taylor develops interactive projects, lectures and workshops about many facets of fashion. She is a member of New Craft Artists in Action, an activist fiber arts collective, and was a co-founder of Howard Art Project (Dorchester), an art studio and gallery. 

As a teacher, she has lectured and conducted workshops at universities as well as local businesses; she currently also teaches at JP Knit & Stitch and the Franklin Mill Store. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

“I view every job as a collaboration and love to work creatively with others. I also feel that educating people on how to make, care for and understand clothing is a valuable contribution to a healthy community.”

Sewing, Fiber Arts
Materials & Tools:
  • Your sewing kit (scissors, pins, seam ripper, marking tools, measuring tape, etc)
  • 2-3 yards of cotton muslin fabric
  • A notebook/sketchbook
  • Tracing paper (a roll at least "18 wide, some shops sell narrower widths)
  • Clear scotch tape
  • Pencil
  • Clear Grid Ruler (18"x2" or 24"x6". They are sometimes labeled as pattern making or quilting rulers) 
  • Thread
  • If you plan to use the studio sewing machines, please bring class 15 bobbins.
  • Fabric and notions for your final project will be discussed in class and do not need to be purchased beforehand