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Patternmaking Classics: The Wrap Dress

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Apply your flat patternmaking skills with confidence! Learn to draft a custom wrap dress from start to finish.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Lynn Strobel
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

Unlock the power of your bodice and sleeve slopers! Complete a patternmaking project from start to finish alongside fashion industry insider Lynn Strobel! You'll learn about the patternmaking process, drafting order and how to put all the pieces together for a custom wrap dress pattern. Start by reviewing essential dart manipulation techniques, then move on to drafting! Learn to draft an asymmetrical bodice front, lower a neckline, create a curved princess line and compensate for stretch in bias seams. Create pencil, A-line and circle skirt patterns with facings and interfacings for comfort and sophisticated structure. Choose from a plain short sleeve, a puffed cap sleeve, a flowing butterfly sleeve, a rolled cuff or a sleeveless variation. Complete each piece with the right facing for the job, and draft a one-piece convertible collar or a sassy ruffled collar. Then, finish your custom pattern with Lynn's step-by-step guidance. Learn how to make a dress pattern from beginning to end!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Started
Meet your instructor, designer and professional instructor Lynn Strobel, as she previews all of the essential patternmaking techniques you'll learn in this class. See how you can create nearly endless design options from the same sloper or block as Lynn shows you how to pair your fabric choice with your wrap dress design. Then, review two common ways of manipulating darts as Lynn reviews both pivoting and slashing.
2. Drafting the Bodice
3. Drafting the Skirt
4. Drafting Sleeves
5. Drafting Neckline & Collars
6. Putting It All Together
7. Wrap Jacket Variation

Taught by

Lynn Strobel
Lynn Strobel
Before becoming an instructor, Lynn Strobel spent more than 20 years working for major companies in the garment industry, both as a designer and small-business owner. Her business specialized in private-label manufacturing and design. Lynn taught at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising for 8 years, and for 12 years at El Camino and Orange Coast colleges. Lynn is passionate about sharing her extensive knowledge of patternmaking in a way that's accessible to anyone striving to design.

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