Pattern Making I


Pattern Making Class

Learn basic pattern making, starting with how to measure the human form. Build a custom-fit basic sloper, the basis of all patterns, following the figure’s natural lines and dimensions. Learn to alter your sloper to create unique patterns and explore basic techniques for grading (adjusting for size).

This class requires patience with math; you will start to develop some technical skills. This class will move you from novice to “in the know.”

Please be aware you will go home from this class with a pattern and new skills, but not a finished piece of clothing. To complete your garment, proceed to Pattern Making II.

Please note: This is a somewhat technical class. You will make a generic sloper, then adapt it for your own body. But you will not complete a personal item of clothing in this particular class. 

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Class Size


Age Range


Skill Level



Intermediate Sewing or equivalent experience. This class is for students with intermediate or advanced level sewing experience.

We recommend taking Pattern Alterations and/or Basic Clothing Design in conjunction with this class (although they are not required).


You may use our sewing machines or bring your own.

Bring a basic sewing kit:

  • straight pins
  • pincushion
  • sewing needles, assorted sizes
  • fabric scissors (Fiskars, Weiss or Gingher are recommended)
  • paper scissors
  • seam ripper
  • pencil
  • thread
  • Sewing machine needles to fit Singer brand, size 12-14
  • Safety pins
  • 4 yards cotton muslin fabric
  • 2 colored pencils (different colors)
  • Class 66 bobbins (plastic)
  • Tailors chalk or chalk wheel

In addition, plan to purchase:

  • a hip curve and/or a French curve
  •  a straight ruler, 2” x 18” or 2” x 24” with grid (standard fashion ruler)
  • an L ruler (optional)

In class we will discuss purchase of one or more commercial patterns.

Find out more about where to buy supplies.

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost



Section 1: 7 Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30pm 
1W: Feb 13–Mar 27(snow day make-up Apr 3)
Instructor: Theona White
$230. FULL



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