Anyone who has sewn has probably used a flat pattern. You choose a design you like from a pattern book at the fabric store, lay it out on your fabric, cut and sew. But what if you want to create your own design and be able to make something wearable—or, even more challenging, make it possible for others to sew your design? To do this you’ll need to take a class called Flat Pattern.
In this class you’ll learn to manipulate darts and draft a variety of necklines, collars, sleeves, skirts and bodices from a master pattern.
“For me, the fun was the final project, putting together all the elements to make an actual pattern from scratch.”—Sally-Ann Rudd
“It can be a challenge to make the correct cuts and adjustments to get the exact result you’re aiming for,” student Sandra Helsley admits. “Flat pattern is a surprisingly technical and precise art form.” But Sandra is quick to add that she has put the course to use: “I use flat pattern for my internship at a local, independent women’s clothing company, and it’s so much fun to see how my patterns turn into real creations!”
“I now view commercial patterns as a template that I am free to tweak and add design elements that suit my fancy!”—Cathy Imbler
Flat Pattern is required for three out of the four certificates offered by the department, and it’s an important foundational course whatever your fashion future holds. Now is the time to sign up for spring classes! Flat Pattern will be offered Tuesday mornings and taught by department head Ronda Chaney. More information here.