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CFS 020-S22-1 | Make Your Own Sewing Patterns, In-Person

CFS 020-S22-1 | Make Your Own Sewing Patterns, In-Person

6/4-6/5, 9-5 pm. In-person

Maximum Enrollment: 10 LBS

Course Description



This workshop is an introduction to the basics of garment design and creating your own patterns. We will take accurate measurements and use them to draft original patterns and customize commercial patterns for a good personal fit. You can also learn how to make a pattern from an existing piece of clothing. Basic sewing skills are required.


6/4-6/5 9am-5pm EST

Weekend Workshop

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.


Student supply list:

  • A dressmaker’s measuring tape
  • dressmaker’s pins
  • a pair of sharp scissors
  • sewing needles and thread
  • a calculator
  • a commercial sewing pattern that you would like to alter and/or an existing garment that you would like to copy
  • Bring a portable sewing machine and an extension cord



All students + faculty are required to: 

  • provide proof of vaccination + booster immediately after registration by emailing an image of their vaccination card to [email protected]
  • wear a mask (acceptable masks: KN95, N95, KF94, or medical/surgical masks) on campus at all times. 

We recommend home COVID testing before coming to class. 


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