Garment Construction for the Textile Designer


  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S2 Canada
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With Sheila Wong

$495 [Includes $40 lab fee] class limit 10. Jan 26, 27, 28, 29, 2017 (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

Textile artists are increasingly claiming new territory in the world of fashion, clothing, and wearable art.

This four-day intensive workshop will guide the textile designer through the sequence of construction steps used to transform two-dimensional fabric into three-dimensional garments. Students will learn a variety of detailed machine-and hand-sewing techniques.

Choose from a variety of shirt and skirt designs that best fit your wardrobe. Techniques covered include invisible zipper installation, buttons, hooks and eyes, inset sleeves, darts, interfacing attachment, garment facings, and a variety of hand-sewn finishes to the hem and closures.  As well, we will cover how to read patterns for apparel; how to best place pattern pieces onto fabric and pin, cut, and mark fabric accordingly; and, finally, how to sequence steps in garment construction.

This is an intermediate-level workshop. Students must be competent in the operation of a sewing machine and possess basic sewing skills. Students will be required to purchase materials (patterns, fabric, zipper, buttons, and matching thread) for the two projects. Supply lists will be given at registration, with fabric recommendations. Students are encouraged to bring and learn on their own machines (a working zipper foot is required for this workshop). In situations where this is not possible, Maiwa has a limited number of machines that can be reserved prior to the workshop.

Supply List


About Sheila Wong

Among the young luminaries of the Vancouver textile scene is Sheila Wong. At the age of 18 she started her first company designing outfits and managing dance performers in her hometown of Calgary. She knew she found her métier the first time she saw an energetic audience reacting to her designs.

After completing a Bachelors of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship degree at Mount Royal University, with a focus on international business, she went on to obtain her Fashion Design Diploma from Vancouver’s own Blanche Macdonald Fashion Design Center. Seeking real-world experience, Sheila took on positions like Studio Assistant at the Fashion Exchange building, Production Manager at clothing retailer Aritzia, and instructing at Blanche Macdonald Fashion Centre and Vancouver Community College in the Fashion Design programs. 

What truly makes Sheila Wong stand out in the industry, however, is her desire to help other artists succeed. Sheila loves collaborating with other designers and artisans, and has this to say to anyone who has ever wanted to see their own name on a piece of clothing: 

“Anyone can design and construct a garment; you just need the right amount of guidance and motivation. My goal is to help inspire people to create beautiful things. If you are passionate and driven, there is no reason why you cannot be creative every day.”