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Reverse Pattern-Drafting

  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With Sheila Wong

$295 [Includes $20 lab fee] class limit 8. Apr 7, 8, 2018 (Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

In this two-day workshop, students will work in reverse­—from garment to pattern. Often we have a favourite article of clothing and would like to re-create it in another colour or fibre. Students will bring a completed garment and learn how to create a pattern. Suitable starting points include tops, shorts, pants, dresses, and skirts (basically not complicated or lined garments). The garment will be taken apart—please keep this in mind when choosing. Students will finish the course with a completed pattern to sew at home. This workshop does not involve sewing—it is pure pattern-drafting.

This is an intermediate-level workshop. It is expected that students will have sewn with industry and/or commercial patterns prior to the workshop or have knowledge of garment construction. Students will be required to bring some basic pattern drafting supplies. A supply list will be provided at registration.

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 Centre. 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.”

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