Pattern Alterations for Fit and Style

pattern alterations

Learn to recognize, understand and alter two or three basic pattern types. Start with a bodice or vest, then a skirt (or alternative garment). Create miniature, quarter-scale patterns on paper and sew corresponding muslins. Finally, create and take home one life-size pattern and muslin, from which you can sew an actual garment at home. (Or bring it to Clothing Construction or Intermediate Sewing if you want company and further instruction.)

This is a perfect lead-in to our full-fledged Pattern Making class.

Course Number


Class Size


Age Range

17+, teens with instructor's permission

Skill Level



Intermediate Sewing or equivalent skills, experience sewing garments with patterns


Please bring to first class:

  • roll of drafting/tracing paper in white or canary yellow
  • 1 set of small French curves
  • clear plastic straight 2"x18" gridded ruler
  • clear Scotch tape in matte finish
  • basic sewing kit (pincushion, machine sewing needles, hand sewing needles, pins, thread, tailor’s chalk, fabric scissors, paper scissors, seam ripper, measuring tape)
  • fine ballpoint pen in any dark color (black, blue, red, purple, green as desired)
  • standard letter sized folder or binder with clear page inserts (to hold your 1/4-scale patterns)

The instructor will supply:

  • pattern paper
  • muslin

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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