Buying or making clothes for the big, tall or overweight man can be very stressful and difficult. There is literally NO standard size that fits properly. In addition, even if your teenage son, husband or boyfriend appear to be regular size but have extra broad shoulders, narrow hips or longer than average arms there still is a problem with regular sized clothing garments or commercial patterns. Pattern making is the answer to the problem. Why make patterns? The answer is very simple – you will be using your own man’s measurements or the measurements of the person you are wanting to sew for, therefore all the garments you make WILL fit those particular measurements.
Each class begins by covering the basics of pattern making – how to take the measurements, then using those measurements to make the original bodice pieces, how to make collars, sleeves and various necklines you can use to make an entire wardrobe of shirts, pullovers, slacks, jackets and more. We will give you a wide variety of styles; however once you learn and practice the basics, you will be able to draw patterns that you see in pattern books, imitate clothing in department stores or any item of clothing that you want to design for yourself.
Whatever the figure challenges are – extra tall, big belly, broad shoulders, long arms, etc are taken into account when your own measurements are taken.
Pattern making is not difficult to learn. Just as you would follow a new recipe step by step to make a dessert or casserole, you also learn pattern making one step at a time, with illustrations and diagrams to go with each step.