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Pattern Drafting: Make Your Own Blocks


  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC Canada (map)
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With Sheila Wong

$750 [Includes $60 lab fee] class limit 8. Feb 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2019 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4:30pm).

Create a set of basic pattern blocks to fit your measurements perfectly. This detailed course will work step by step through how to pattern-draft a bodice, skirt, and sleeve block to make up the basic dress foundation. Students will also test out their blocks by sewing a toile for fitting.

At the end of the course, students will have drafted their own basic dress foundation which they can alter, fit, and design to their desired style. Creating blocks with professional guidance makes this course exceptionally rewarding.

Techniques covered include:

- Body measurements and figure analysis

- Introduction to pattern-drafting by drafting a basic pattern setfor personal use

- Understanding elements of patterns and marking them appropriately

- Creating a toile (fit sample) for each block and learning how to fit and make necessary adjustments

This is an intermediate-level workshop. Students must be competent in the operation of their sewing machines and possess basic sewing skills. 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 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 and a fashion design diploma, Sheila took on positions as studio assistant at the Fashion Exchange building, production manager at Aritzia, and instructor at Blanche Macdonald Fashion Centre and Vancouver Community College. In 2010, Sheila founded a truly unique boutique sewing studio. From pattern-drafting to final stitch, the studio provides a creative environment for all skill levels to learn fashion design techniques with personalized private instruction. The studio has been very successful and is often booked several months in advance.

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.” Sheila Wong Studios can be found at swfds.com or on Instagram at @sheilawongstudios

Earlier Event: February 15
Mappa: Cartography on Cloth
Later Event: February 21
Baskets: Working With Flat Materials