Designing Your Wardrobe: Drafting Tops
If you're searching high and low for the tops you want, stop right now. You're the only one who can design the perfect wardrobe for you. Join Apparel Arts design school founder Suzy Furrer as she guides you from sloper to garment with a series of terrific tops: a shell, a tee, a peplum top and a kimono jacket.
Suzy Furrer has been working in the apparel industry since the mid-'80s. After studying patternmaking with couturier Simmin Sethna in 1996, Suzy started Apparel Arts, a San Francisco-based fashion design school. She also wrote Building Patterns: The Architecture of Womens Clothing, which is used as a textbook at Apparel Arts and other fashion design schools on the West Coast. Suzy's years of teaching experience and wealth of patternmaking experience make her lessons easy to follow and fun to use!
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Suzy Furrer, founder of the Oakland fashion design school Apparel Arts. Suzy begins with a series of mood-board exercises to help identify your aesthetic. Then learn how to create a wardrobe plan by approaching color and fabric selection like a designer.
Draft a pattern for a versatile sleeveless shell as Suzy shares secrets for savvy design decisions. As a base for wovens, you'll use your own well-fitting bodice sloper.
Expand your options for closures, neckline finishing and armhole finishing! Plus, follow along with Suzy as she guides you through fashion industry standards for patterns, filling out a pattern record card and making your pattern production-ready.
Suzy demonstrates how to draft a knit T-shirt that's long and loose with close-fitting sleeves, then walks you through some simple variations to really customize the design. Along the way, you'll work with your bodice and sleeve slopers for knit fabrics.
It's hard not to love a princess-seam top with a graceful peplum! Suzy goes step by step through the drafting for a woven garment, then explains how to easily alter the pattern for knit fabrics. You'll learn how to turn darts into a flattering princess seam and adapt the peplum insertion points for your fabric and design.
Draft a knit wrap jacket to wear over all those terrific tops! Suzy shows you how, and shares how to recognize when a woven sloper might work better for a design that you plan to sew in a knit fabric.