Beginning Clothing Design

An introduction to clothing design, including sketching, basic pattern drafting and clothing construction techniques. Using a given base patter, alter its design to suit your tastes. Learn how to fit and prototype using a muslin, choose appropriate fabric and incorporate design details, both aesthetic and functional. Finish by sewing a simple, unique garment. More experienced students may try more involved designs.

Basic Clothing Design

This class requires measuring and basic sewing experience and comfort with measuring and fractions. However, it is a little less technical introduction than our Pattern Alterations and Pattern Making classes.

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Class Size


Age Range

17+, teens by permission

Skill Level



Basic Sewing or equivalent skills, and some experience sewing clothing from patterns.


We will supply sewing machines (or you may bring your own).

Please bring your sewing kit to the first class:

  • Class 66 bobbins (plastic; please bring at least 3 to class)
  • Fabric shears (Fiskars, Weiss or Gingher are recommended)
  • Assorted machine sewing needles
  • Common pins
  • Pin cushion
  • Seam ripper
  • Tailor's chalk, chalk wheel, or water-erasable pen
  • Tape measure 60”
  • Sewing gauge

To the first class session, also bring:

  • A notebook or paper
  • Tracing paper (sheets or a roll, at least "18 wide, some shops sell narrower widths)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler (18"x2" or 24"x6". Clear ruler is best for pattern making)
  • Thread

Fabric and notions for your final project will be discussed in class and do not need to be purchased beforehand.

Find out where to buy supplies.

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost

This class is not currently offered. Please contact us if interested. 

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