This course will enhance your understanding of garment construction and expand your design possibilities. Using a commercial pattern of your choice you will work on an individual project and learn layout, cutting, and useful techniques for both hand and machine sewing. We will consider flattering styles, how to choose the right fabric for your project, how to work with various fabrics, and how to correct a commercial pattern for personal fit. Demonstrations of sewing and construction techniques will be combined with guidance for individual projects. This course is open to students who have basic sewing skills. Students must bring their own sewing machine. no class 10/14+11/11
TUITION: $300 + FEES: $20
Cheslye Ventimiglia has a dressmaking studio in Portland and specializes in the reconstruction of vintage clothing and costume design. She volunteers in the costume shop at Portland Stage and has taught sewing and pattern making at MECA since 2000 with an emphasis on quality garment construction.
A dressmaker's measuring tape, dressmaker pins, a pair of sharp scissors for sewing and a pair of all-purpose scissors for cutting paper, sewing needles and thread, and a seam ripper.
Bring a portable sewing machine and an extension cord.