WITH ALEXANDRA MORGAN
Alexandra has worked in the fashion industry as a pattern maker, designer, technical designer and fit technician for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, with a a major in clothing and textiles, from the University of Saskatchewan (BScHEc, 1990) as well as a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Fashion Design from Ryerson University (BAA Fashion, 1995).
In 2010 Alexandra founded In-House Patterns, and has been developing and teaching pattern making, fitting and garment construction courses since 2012. Courses taught by Alexandra are known to be well thought out, highly detailed and stuffed full of information you won't find anywhere else.
"Alexandra gives very clear instruction with help at each step. I now have an understanding of the way our shape can determine fit and ways to alter a pattern to fit. However, it is the personal instruction that makes this workshop so special."
"Alexandra is calm, supremely organized, unbelievably knowledgeable, and with a depth of experience that is awesome. Attending this workshop has given me CONFIDENCE! I have a pattern that works! Plus it was lovely feeling like part of a community of like minded women."
"Alexandra is extremely patient, gives clear instructions and demos, has a warm personality, is encouraging and never criticizes your work. I gained a better understanding of Alexandra's technique of pattern fitting and I am encouraged that the first muslin required very few alterations."
"Alexandra is superbly organized and gives excellent one-on-one instructions for all participants."
The focus of this workshop is to build, refine and fit a hip length bodice block drafted to your personal body measurements. You'll learn professional drafting, pattern making and fitting techniques that will improve your understanding of how patterns work and why most commercial sewing patterns don't fit.
A bodice block is a pattern drafted to specific body measurements and made to fit a specific shape. It is the most basic form of all tops, dresses and jackets and can be used to create new and more elaborate styles through the process of pattern manipulation.
No. However, this is an advanced beginner workshop, which means you are expected to be an intermediate garment sewer who is comfortable doing a lot of basic math, using a measuring tape, ruler and drafting pencil and have the ability to work neatly and precisely. If you are brand new to sewing, this workshop will feel too advanced for you so get a few well executed garments under your belt before you take this workshop.
The answer to that is both yes and no. Due to the limited time of the workshop we will be focusing our time on the drafting and fitting of the bodice. After all, there is no benefit to drafting a sleeve for a bodice that doesn't fit well. However, the sleeve draft instructions are included within the workshop kit provided so you will be able to develop a corresponding sleeve once your bodice block is fit to perfection.
The class will consist of 6 to 8 participants. This will ensure that everyone gets some individual attention, there is ample space to work and we cover the content in the allotted time.
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