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Pattern Drafting: Working from the Block

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

$695 [Includes $40 lab fee] class limit 10. Apr 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 2020 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

In architectural terms, pattern blocks are the foundation for all garment construction. In this advanced five-day workshop, students will learn how to manipulate and alter a basic set of dress blocks (bodice, skirt, and sleeve) through flat-pattern drafting techniques. Students will learn dart manipulation, sleeve variations, skirt variations, neckline and collar variations, and techniques to create style lines and add fullness.

This workshop provides a level of advancement for both the clothing designer and the artisan working in garment construction.

For this workshop students must have a strong understanding of garment construction. Students must have taken the Pattern-Drafting: Make Your Own Blocks workshop or have experience sewing a number of completed garments on their own. 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 or on Instagram at @sheilawongstudios

Earlier Event: April 21
Knitting: Basics & Beyond
Later Event: April 27
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