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Patternmaking + Design: Creative Sleeves (DVD)

Expand your patternmaking prowess. Arm your wardrobe with custom style as you draft a collection of perfect-fitting sleeves for blouses, dresses, jackets and coats.

What You Get

  • DVD with 7 video lessons
  • Full-color, printed reference materials booklet
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Includes closed captioning

Class Overview

Create custom-fit woven and knit sleeve slopers and use them to design more than a dozen sleeve styles with Apparel Arts founder Suzy Furrer. Build patterns for basic sleeves, tailored sleeves with elbow darts and two-piece sleeves for a jacket or coat. Draft a short sleeve with an anchor and hem, a three-quarter-length sleeve with a cuff, a mutton-leg sleeve with pleats or darts, and more. Tackle bell sleeves with varying degrees of fullness. Create chic cap sleeves, eye-catching tulip sleeves and luxurious lined sleeves. Design sleeves with a placket, pleats and a cuff — perfect for a button-down shirt. Plus, learn how to draft a bodice and sleeve with a drop shoulder. Reach your patternmaking potential! Draft custom sleeves like a fashion designer.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction & Getting Started
Meet your instructor, Apparel Arts founder Suzy Furrer, and consider the changes you'll need to make to a bodice sloper before you start drafting your sleeves. Suzy reviews the pattern modifications needed for a blouse, dress, jacket or coat, then goes over the key measurements you'll want to take for accurate sleeves.
2. Basic Sleeve Sloper & Tailor Sleeve
3. Two-Piece Sleeve & Sleeve With Vent
4. Sleeve Variations Part 1
5. Sleeve Variations Part 2
6. Lining, Placket, Pleat & Cuff
7. Drop-Shoulder Sleeve & Bodice

Recommended with this product

  • Bodice sloper
  • Awl
  • 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 and wealth of patternmaking experience make her lessons easy to follow and fun to use!