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CFS 020A-F22 | Make Your Own Sewing Patterns: Pants, In-Person

CFS 020A-F22 | Make Your Own Sewing Patterns: Pants, In-Person

10/15-10/16 Sat+ Sun, 9-5 pm ROOM: 209 Porteous Building

Maximum Enrollment: 8 LBS

Course Description



In this workshop you will be introduced to two methods of creating patterns for pants: altering a commercial pattern and copying a favorite pair of pants. You will make a muslin, which is a classic fitted pattern from which a variety of stylized patterns can be derived. You will learn how to recognize and solve fitting issues and how to transfer fitting changes to your pattern. By the end of the course you can expect to approach pattern making and pattern altering with greater confidence. Basic sewing skills are required.

Tuition:$245 +$20 fees

10/15-10/16 Saturday + Sunday 9:00 - 5:00 pm


Faculty: 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&D since 2000 with an emphasis on quality garment construction. She participated as a designer in “BlueWrap Runway,” a fundraising event for Partners for World Health on May 19, 2022 at Merrill Auditorium, Portland.

Supply list: Utility scissors for cutting paper and a sharp pair of sewing scissors, a dressmaker’s tape measure, some long sewing pins, sewing needles and thread, a seam ripper, a pencil, and a couple of colored pencils. A basic commercial pattern for pants (in your size*) that you would like to alter to fit and a favorite pair of pants that you would like to copy. A portable sewing machine and an extension cord. *Please note that your pattern size will be larger than your off-the-rack size. The pattern envelope will have the information you need to select your correct size. 

 COVID POLICIES:All students + faculty are required to: provide proof of vaccination + booster immediately after registration by emailing an image of their vaccination card to cstudy@meca.edu. 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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