Online Class

Designing Your Wardrobe: Drafting Tops

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Go beyond the sloper and draft your own top patterns!

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including printable pattern record cards, design guidelines and design exercises
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Suzy Furrer
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
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Picturing the ultimate well-fitting top? Now you can draft a pattern for it! Apparel Arts design school founder Suzy Furrer shows you how to use your sloper to create a shell, a tee, a peplum top and a kimono jacket.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Designing a Collection
Meet Suzy Furrer, founder of the Oakland fashion design school Apparel Arts. Suzy begins with a series of mood-board exercises to help identify your aesthetic. Then learn how to create a wardrobe plan by approaching color and fabric selection like a designer.
2. Sleeveless Shell
3. Closures, Edge Finishes & Pattern Standards
4. T-Shirt Variations
5. Peplum Top
6. Knit Wrap Jacket

Recommended with this class

  • Pattern paper
  • Muslin
  • Drafting curve

Taught by

Suzy Furrer
Suzy Furrer
Suzy Furrer has been working in the apparel industry since the mid-'80s. After studying patternmaking with couturier Simmon Sethna in 1996, Suzy started Apparel Arts, a San Francisco-based fashion design school. She also wrote Building Patterns: The Architecture of Women’s Clothing, which is used as a textbook at Apparel Arts and other fashion design schools on the West Coast. Suzy's years of teaching experience and wealth of patternmaking experience make her lessons easy to follow and fun to use!

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