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Patternmaking for Knits: Essential Slopers

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Draft a full complement of custom-fit knit slopers — the foundation for personalized patternmaking.

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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 Judy Jackson
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Learn essential fashion design skills alongside acclaimed instructor Judy Jackson. Discover the secrets to successful drafting for knit fabrics with different amounts of stretch. Use professional techniques to drape and fit a torso sloper complete with any darts you need. Create a custom sleeve sloper and adapt it with gathered, puffed or raglan sleeves. Modify your basic torso pattern for a variety of garments and add sophistication with decorative seams and custom shaping. Draft basic necklines and variations complete with trim patterns: crewnecks, scoop necks and more! Make personalized patterns for cozy, trendy knit pants. Plus, tame high-stretch fabrics as you create a sloper for perfect-fitting leggings. Use your new skills and discover how to make a T-shirt pattern as well as patterns for tops, dresses, pants and leggings!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction to Knit Patternmaking
Meet patternmaker, theater costumer and fashion design instructor Judy Jackson and learn about the techniques she'll cover in class. Judy begins with a thorough overview of knit fabrics, and what to take into consideration when working with different amounts of stretch. Next, explore ways to adapt patterns for woven fabrics into knit-friendly patterns.
2. The Knit Torso Sloper
3. The Knit Sleeve Sloper
4. Adapting Torso Slopers
5. Adapting Necklines
6. The Knit Pants Sloper
7. The Knit Leggings Sloper

Taught by

Judy  Jackson
Judy Jackson
Judy Jackson has been teaching fashion design and theater costuming for more than 30 years. She's an instructor in the fashion departments at City College of San Francisco and Canada College in Redwood City, California, where she enjoys sharing her love of patternmaking, draping and design. Judy is involved in many local theater companies, where she both designs and constructs costumes for the stage. She has also published research in the area of computerized pattern-drafting methods.

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