Pattern Drafting with Cal Patch ~ Creativebug Subscription Giveaway

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Cal Patch, author of the popular Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified, is about to release a month-long dive into the world of pattern drafting, and designing and sewing your own clothes.

Starting April 1, Cal will teach a four-week course on Creativebug to help you learn the basics of pattern drafting. By the end you’ll be able to design your own wardrobe— dresses, tunics, shirts, and skirts— from scratch, using just your own measurements, pencil and paper. Create master patterns tailored just for you, with all of the knowledge you need to stylize the patterns as you please. By mixing and matching all sorts of design elements, like length, flare, collars, pockets, and sleeves, you can create a whole closetful of handmade clothing from just a few pattern pieces!

Here’s an exclusive excerpt for Sew Mama Sew readers with Cal sharing her sewing philosophy:


Cal has a background in formal fashion design and has worked as a designer for companies like Urban Outfitters and GAP. Through the class you’ll get weekly live chats, downloadable materials and lots of step-by-step instruction. Creativebug subscribers get full access to the class and subscriptions are just $9.95 a month!

Sign up for Cal’s class here. Creativebug is also offering Sew Mama Sew readers TWO chances to win a 3-month subscription, which gives you access to all of Cal’s classes plus any other Creativebug class! Just tell us a sewing skill you’ve always wanted to learn in the comments and we’ll select TWO winners next week.

For more, check out the class preview:

Here’s how the class will progress each week. We’re so excited about the possibilities here!:

Week One: How to Make a Master Dress Pattern

  • How to take measurements for drafting a dress, tunic, or shirt pattern
  • How to transform those measurements into a master pattern piece
  • How to draft sleeve and collar pattern pieces
  • How to label your pattern pieces

Week Two: Make a Muslin, Adjust Fit and Sew

  • How to make a test garment
  • How to make fit adjustments
  • How to transfer adjustments to your pattern piece
  • How to sew darts
  • How to sew and finish your garment

Week Three: A-Line Skirts and Customizing Garments

  • How to draft and sew an A-line skirt
  • Ideas for customizing garments
  • How to slash and spread a pattern to add flare
  • How to add cutaway pockets, inset pockets, and patch pockets
  • How to add a waistband
  • How to make a gathered interior yoke seam
  • How to add elastic

Week Four: Make a Pattern From an Existing Garment

  • How to use an existing garment to create a pattern
  • Various ways to transfer pattern marks
  • How to select the best fabric for making clothing

Learn more about Cal’s class at Creativebug!

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222 Responses to Pattern Drafting with Cal Patch ~ Creativebug Subscription Giveaway

  1. Abby says:

    Would love to learn pattern drafting.

  2. S says:

    I would love to learn to draft my own patterns!

  3. Karrie Smith says:

    FMQ, and anything about sewing garments! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Laureen says:

    I’ve always wanted to know how to grade patterns. I’d love to learn to properly to a full bust adjustment. I’d like to know the proper way to make pattern from n existing garment without cutting it up! I want to learn pretty much anything and everything!

  5. Dieni says:

    Hi! I had been an avid fan of Sew Mama Sew since I picked up my new sewing hobby one year ago; you’re kinda my walking sewing encyclopedia ;).
    I’d love to win this chance! I borrowed Cal’s book on pattern drafting before from library and I was in love. But sadly didnt manage to read all and tried. Hence I’d love love love to follow this video courses!
    I’d like to learn on pattern drafting from scratch and learn how to modify the styles from basic template (like different sleeves, different skirt model, collar, closures, pockets, fabric combination etc).
    I’d been wanting to be able to create clothing which fits well & comfortable and still look good :)

  6. Tina C. says:

    Making a pattern from an existing garment without taking it apart. especially knit shirts.

  7. Vicki Jenkins says:

    OOOH! “Fancy” tops with jeans and other comfortable pants…thank you.

  8. Katherine says:

    I would like to learn to sew clothes for my body type. Like many women, not all my parts fit a standard form. Specifically, I’d like to learn how to adjust patterns to accommodate a full bust. I wear a size 8 (but my bust wears a 12-14). Most of the clothes that fit my bust swallow the rest of me unless they are spandex/modal. I’d love to learn how to sew tailored clothes that actually fit me.

  9. Vero Et says:

    bust adjustments

  10. Crystal says:

    Week 4 of this class sounds intriguing… a favourite dress of mine is on its last legs and I would love to learn how to recreate it!

  11. Carole says:

    I’ve always wanted to master fitting a dress – i have a sway back and would like to be able to make that fitting adjustment.

  12. Emme says:

    i’m dying to know how to use my serger to it’s fullest potential!
    thanks!

  13. Michelle PG says:

    To make a tshirt that fit comfortably.

  14. Lawana Whaley says:

    have always wanted to learn how to correctly change how sleeves are set in and to properly make bound buttonholes

  15. Janice says:

    I would love to help my daughter’s fashion club at school by passing on my knowledge. Learning pattern making would give me the confidence to do that!

  16. Adri H. says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to draft sleeve caps and trousers. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  17. Audrey says:

    I would love to learn pattern drafting.

  18. Amy Sews says:

    I wanted to learn to sew so that I could make my own clothes, but all of the classes I found were for quilting. I started quilting and live that, but still very much want to learn more about garment construction. Infact tonight, I am taking a duct tape dress form class with a friend.

  19. Carolyn says:

    I’d like to learn how to adjust the pattern so it fits without having to make a sloper.

  20. EMily says:

    I’m okay at copying kids clothes, but I’d really love to learn more about sewing clothes for myself.

  21. I would love to learn how to draft patterns. I love making garments from my own design but sometimes I feel like the fit is a bit off unless I endlessly tailor. I would love a chance to try this course. thanks

  22. kathyh says:

    I like to get better at not only fitting clothes to my body but also learning to pick styles that suit my body.

  23. Alisha says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to take a pattern off of an existing piece of clothing without cutting it up. I mean, I kind of fudge it and get it done, but I would like to know how to do it the right way.

  24. Liz says:

    I have always wanted to learn to grade patterns and create patterns from already made clothes.

  25. MrsMills says:

    I would love to learn more about collars!!

  26. Nicole says:

    I would love to learn how to sew clothes that fit!

  27. Reena Kaplowitz says:

    I would like to learn to change the collar/neckline options on patterns. Thanks for the chance to win!

  28. kim t. says:

    I would like to be able to make a pattern for an existing garment of my child’s and then make it in a size that is larger (or smaller).

  29. Julie C. says:

    I would love to learn how to draft my own pattern to be take my wardrobe to the next level and make it mine even more!
    Thanks!

  30. Liz says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn to recreate and alter already made pieces. I’m also interested in learning to grade patterns.

  31. cerece says:

    I would love to be able to draft patterns I actually want to wear which means less flowy and more tailored than my current skill level.

  32. kristin says:

    i’d love to learn how to add/move/alter darts and how to grade patterns to different sizes. what a cool giveaway, thank you!!

  33. Lillian says:

    I’d love to learn how to make my own patterns..!

  34. Rose says:

    I’d love to learn how to make fresh patterns of clothes I love and have begun falling apart.

  35. Lisa says:

    I am *ahem* large chested and constantly have trouble finding well fitting tops that aren’t super bulky or stripper tight. I would like to learn all about darts; how to use darts to have a better fitting top :) Oh! and also, how to insert hidden (in-seam) pockets into skirts and dresses.

  36. kathy says:

    I always struggle with a FBA. If it isn’t a princess seam I cannot ‘Make it work’. I have several books on this subject but I am more of a ‘follow the leader’ and would love to be able to watch and learn at the same time.

  37. Ananda says:

    I would love to learn proper pattern drafting from scratch. I’ve taught myself a wonky version but end up with wonky garments! I find shaping a piece of fabric to fit any shape of body fascinating and would love to master that. No more baggy garments but properly fitting garments.

  38. Charlotte says:

    I am spending this year learning about how to adapt patterns to get a great fit, I would love to learn more about shaping and darts!

  39. Dita says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to alter a pattern so it would fit me better! So I guess that goes along what will be taught in the class! Also, I’d love to learn how to alter a ready-to-wear clothing so it can fit me perfectly!

  40. Pippa says:

    I would love to learn more about slash and spread modifications to patterns to add body and shapings. :D

  41. Jonell says:

    I would love to learn pattern drafting!

  42. Susan says:

    I have always wanted to learn how to do alterations and make clothes fit better.

  43. Jolien says:

    I would love to learn to draft my own patterns!

  44. Elizabeth says:

    I would love this class! I would really like to know how to translate pattern blocks into actual patterns! Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. lesley says:

    i am new to crafting in general and am currently trying to teach myself how to sew/quilt, so i need all the help i can get!! i haven’t tried zippers yet because i am intimidated, but just yesterday made my first buttonhole!!! that was exciting!

  46. EmmaG says:

    I would love to learn how to custom fit clothing.

  47. Rebecca says:

    I would love to learn how to sew welt pockets better.

  48. Marya says:

    I have always wanted to learn how to draft clothing patterns. This looks like such a great class!

  49. ornella says:

    I would learn to create a mix of my favourite patterns (for example, a Coco dress with the pocket of the Louisa dress). Can you help me?

  50. Megan says:

    I’ve wanted to learn pattern rubbing.

  51. dianne says:

    my mother would see fashion in the newspaper department store ads & make her own! I was amazed then & remain so today!sadly, I did not inherit that gene:( so to learn how to draft my own pattern would be a lifelong dream come true! thx for an opportunity to enter!

  52. melissa says:

    Definitely drafting patterns.

  53. Rosanna says:

    Proper tailoring is something that I’ve never been brave enough to try myself but always wanted to. One day maybe! This class looks great :)

  54. Brooke says:

    Alterations are where I need the most work!

  55. ornellaia says:

    I would learn to create a mix of my favourite patterns, for example a Coco dress by Tilly&thebuttons with the pocket of a Louisa dress by Compagnie-m. Can you help me? ;)

  56. Jenny L says:

    I would love to learn more about sewing clothes! I’ve made lots of quilts, have made several bags, and now that I have two young daughters, I’ve begun trying to make clothes for them. The next logical step is making clothes for myself!

  57. Lisa says:

    I’d love to be able to draft patterns based on a couple of pieces I already own. They are not the typical lay down and draw around them construction, but if I take them apart, I will not be able to reconstruct them (serged knits).

  58. Joyce Adams says:

    I would love to learn draping

  59. Theresa says:

    I’d love to learn pattern drafting.

  60. Dana says:

    Well, of course the skill I’d like to learn most is drafting :)

  61. Julie O says:

    I would like to learn how to make and fit pants with zippers.

  62. Nina says:

    So many things… fitting and drafting are right up there. But maybe hand-sewn buttonholes: my great-grandfather was a tailor and his buttonholes are the stuff of family legend – I always imagine him frowning at me from the great beyond when I’m machining buttonholes!

  63. Kathy says:

    I love to sew – and my favorite things to make are for the kids in my family. Ready made patterns always need to be tweaked and adjusted to fit , and sometimes it takes a couple of attempts before I get it right. I would love to have pattern drafting knowledge, to help me get the proper fit on the first try.

  64. Jess says:

    I would love to learn to draft and make my own patterns! Mostly, I want to be able to construct the perfect pair of pants for myself and the hubby! Especially the hubs; he’s 6’5″ and I have to do all his shopping online since stores don’t carry 33×36 in house, so I either have to tailor if he needs something immediately, or order online and wait for it to arrive and hope it fits.

  65. Elisa OGrady says:

    Thank you for the lovely giveaway – I have just started to make clothes (it’s a bit scary!) after few years making soft toys and all sort of bags, crafts, etc – being able to create patterns from my favorite garments would be amazing – other things I would be interested as a novice dressmaker are how to alter shop bought patterns to suit your body shape and a 4 week course about making simple, useful children’s clothes

  66. Sharon Michelle says:

    I have been searching for a class like this for so long. I attended a few flat pattern cutting classes but as I have a long term illness I have been trying to teach myself at home with the Winifred Aldrich book. I am struggling on my own and this class will be great as I can watch at my leisure & fit it in around my bad days when my pain levels get the better of me. Sewing wise, I have alot to learn too with adding facings, zips & sleeves needing some helpful guidance. I look forward to what looks like an informative course :)

  67. shannon says:

    Pattern drafting has been on my “want to learn to do” for awhile now! Also, altering clothes and patterns to fit my petite (5’0″), but curvy frame. Oh…and how to make pants that fit me well.

    Thanks so much! :)

  68. Liz Browne says:

    I make clothes for my kids, but not very well! I need to learn how to draft patterns for them and myself to make decent clothes. Finances are really tight, so this would help a huge amount. Great giveaway! Thank you!

  69. Julie T says:

    I would love to learn tailoring and designing. I took an adult ed class a few years back on the weekends, but the teacher was too used to teaching at a university. Too much info in too short time period. And if you didn’t get everything the first time she said it – well too bad for you. Would love to take another go at it. Thanks!

  70. Talia says:

    I would love to use the knowledge to make clothes for my teens too! So hard to find appropriate clothes for teens in my part of the world (bottom of world, middle of nowhere, back of beyond – take your pick!)

  71. Janet White in says:

    I sew lots for my daughters and myself would love to be able to draft my own patterns…oh the money i would save not having to buy patterns anymore!

  72. Jennifer McClish says:

    I’d love to learn how to make a pattern from an existing garment. I have favorite shirts so worn I can’t wear them anywhere but also can’t part with them. This is exactly what I needed!

  73. Angela says:

    I would love to learn how to draft patterns and how to grade them!

  74. Gina C says:

    I always wanted to learn pattern drafting, but it always seemed so daunting. I’m excited about these online courses!

  75. Angela says:

    I would love to learn how to draft my own patterns, and how to grade them in different sizes.

  76. Jessica w says:

    I’d love to get better at fitting/tailoring.

  77. Trace says:

    Would love to learn pattern drafting, I have been on a waiting list to take a class offered at my local college for pattern drafting, 2 years and counting!

  78. terry b says:

    I would love to learn how to sew my own clothes. I attempted my first t-shirt pattern this weekend sewn from a knit fabric and it turned out great. I need to learn more!

  79. Jenniffer Howling says:

    I have always wanted to learn how to make something that actually fits my body shape.

  80. Ally says:

    I’ve had so many ideas lately but I’m not sure how to put them together! What a great opportunity to learn.

  81. Julie E says:

    This could be an answer to a prayer. I am interested in sewing for a young friend with Jeunes Syndrome, a type of dwarfism. Needless to say, she isn’t your ordinary 3 year old…. she’s extraordinary and deserves clothes that fit. Whether it’s a princess dress, a cowboy skirt, or camo pants and a jacket… they all require some modifications that I hope I can put into use by taking this class.

  82. Mama Lusco says:

    I would love to learn how to copy a garment. Looks like a great class!

  83. Lander says:

    Oh my goodness! I have been wanting to learn pattern drafting. What a great give away!

  84. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I know how to draft patterns through draping, but have been wanting to learn “flat pattern” as they called it when I was in school. :) I am just getting back in to sewing clothes for me and find the fit needs to be adjusted most of the time. I’d love to learn more about that as well!

  85. Erin says:

    I have always wanted to learn how to draft patterns, it looks like magic!

  86. mjb says:

    I would love to know how to adjust an armscye, or draft a sleeve for a sleeveless garment…seems impossible!

  87. Kathy says:

    I have always wanted to learn how to tailor garments to myself, particularly darts and linings.

  88. Judy says:

    Would love to be able to make custom suit coats and pants for my daughter and myself.

  89. Mary Ellen says:

    When I was growing up, my Mom’s next door neighbor had a sewing shop in her basement – She taught classes for the neighborhood, and she taught me how to alter ready-made patterns to fit my then beanpole shape. I still remember how to do those basic alterations (although my shape is a lot less beanpole and a lot more squash), but I would love to learn how to draft my clothes patterns from scratch. It’s something I’ve always been interested in. Thank you for the lovely giveaway!

  90. Chunzi says:

    I would love to learn pattern making, especially making a pattern based on existing garments.

  91. Mel says:

    I would love to learn how to make a pattern from an existing garment.

  92. Debby says:

    Have been learning bits and pieces of drafting patterns, but would love to learn from Cal – sounds very comprehensive!

    Debby

  93. Jessica w says:

    how to alter existing clothing and how to draft my own patterns

  94. Mary Emmens says:

    I’ve made clothes for myself before but never been 100% happy with the results so being able to draft patterns is the skill I would love to learn. I can quilt and make bags etc but clothes are a bit scary! thanks for the chance

  95. joy says:

    This class sounds perfect – I’ve been wanting to learn how to make my own patterns based on my own measurements and preferences.

  96. Shelby says:

    I want to learn how to make and alter clothing. These classes would sound intense, but really good!

  97. Lynn says:

    I am very long waisted and need help with how to adjust patterns to fit my figure. It would be exciting to learn how to draft my own pattern!

  98. Kerry says:

    If I could make my own bras, that would be excellent!

  99. Anita C says:

    I would love to be able to make clothes that fit me. I sew childrens clothing all the time including re drafting for better sizing for them but just can’t sew for myself. I’d love to be able to size up or down a pattern.

  100. Stephanie says:

    Altering clothes off the rack and sewing pants that actually fit.

  101. Michelle C. says:

    So far, I’ve only sewn scarves and skirts for myself. I’d love to make a shirt — attaching arms seems so daunting!

  102. Alison says:

    I’ve tried with varying success to alter patterns to fit my body, that would be a great skill to have.

  103. Melissa V says:

    Well fitted clothes making and designing!

  104. Mel says:

    I’d like to learn pattern drafting – I always have fit issues with commercial patterns, and it might be easier just to draw up the patterns myself

  105. jonquil says:

    I want to learn how to alter to fit the broad shoulders, long arms, & sloping backside!

  106. Caroline says:

    I love making clothes and I would love some new information on making finer garments.

  107. Andrea says:

    Pattern drafting is high on my list of sewing skills to learn. Fitting pants is another, I can’t believe I haven’t heard of Creativebug before – what an awesome site!

  108. Cat B says:

    would love to learn how to alter clothes for myself!

  109. Suzanne D says:

    I want to learn how to sew lingerie. Pretty things that fit well and make me feel pretty too. And don’t break the bank! Ready-made underthings are just so expensive.

  110. Diane says:

    I would love to learn how to grade patterns. Thanks!

  111. Cindy says:

    I want to learn how to modify patterns and create patterns that “work” on my petite figure!

  112. Julie Beard says:

    Hi Cal Patch,
    I’m a big girl and always have been. Now that I am retired clothing for big girls which is nice and smart is impossible to find even on a pension. I have wanted to learn how to sew and make a skirt for myself from start to finish for more years than I can remember. I have purchased some skirt patterns for my size and some fabric but it sits in a cupboard. Yet I have never found anyone willing to help me with my problem. I can no longer get down on the ground as I now have metal knees due to two total knee replacements. Even last week my best friend came to town and visited me and we were discussing sewing skirts and she glad me a beuatiful book, Reader’s Digest New Complete guide to sewing. A step by step Technique for Making clothes and Home Accessories. We only inspired me even further too keep my dream alive.

    I have invested in a good sewing machine a pfaff quilters expression 4.0 and also have purchased a horn sewing and cutting table. With my dream in mind I have learnt to sew a straight line and a 1/4 inch seam. I have learnt a few things about thread and needles and love to make quilts, placemats, cushions with button holes and to do some hand sewing.

    Now only I would love to win the opportunity to have classes and learn to finally make my skirt!!! If I don’t win my dream won’t be crushed just put on hold again until it’s the right time or another opportunity presents itself to me again. Finger crossed Julie.

  113. Kat says:

    I would actually love to learn pattern drafting! And one day in the future also to make lingerie.

  114. Masha says:

    So many skills I want to learn! Smocking is a new one. How to create my own bodice block and then work out from there. My zipper insertion needs work. How to adjust a pants pattern to fit me. The list goes on!

  115. Donna says:

    I would love to learn pattern drafting and tailoring, being a busty lady with a slim waist has always been a problem for me so to learn how to create a pattern that would fit me, would be an amazing thing!

  116. Letty A says:

    It’s very liberating to make your own clothes, but being able to draft your own patterns as well, that would be amazing!

  117. Julie says:

    I would love to be able to draught my own patterns. Hopefully it would mean an end to the frustration when shop bought patterns just don’t fit!!

  118. Stephanie says:

    I’d love to learn more about altering knits!

  119. MelodyJ says:

    I want to learn tailoring.

  120. Allison D says:

    This sounds great – I’d love to learn how to make my own clothes that actually FIT!

  121. Grace says:

    I would really love to learn how to make and fit pants and tops. I would love to be able to make well fitting clothes for my kids, husband, friends, etc!

  122. Heather says:

    I’d really like to learn finishing techniques that look more professional and how to adjust /alter patterns to fit me better.

  123. I dream of making myself a perfect lace pencil skirt with a gros grain waist and visible zipper in the back!

  124. Angie says:

    I’d love to learn how to taylor clothing. I can make simple garments, but would like to learn classic tayloring techniques.

  125. Wendy says:

    Actually, one of the skills I most want to learn is pattern drafting. I have Cal’s book, but have yet to use it–maybe the class would be the jumpstart I need!

  126. Betsy N says:

    I’ve been wanting to take a free motion quilting class forever. Pattern design also interests me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  127. Alyce says:

    This is amazing! I really want to learn to sew my own clothes because this Western woman doesn’t fit petite Japanese women’s clothing!

  128. Jennifer P says:

    I bought Cal’s books a year or 2 ago. I love her book, but have never made anything that I drafted myself – for myself. I recently lost 20 pounds, and I want to make some clothes to fit my new shape! I’d love to take this class. Thanks!

  129. Haley S says:

    I’ve been wanting to learn pattern drafting and how to alter patterns to fit me well.

  130. Ashton says:

    I would love to learn draping!

  131. Caroline says:

    I’ve sewn clothes for my kids but would love to learn to sew clothes for myself!

  132. Carol P. says:

    I want to be able to alter my clothing.

  133. Amanda Renea says:

    Ive been wanting to learn pattern drafting! Or tailoring!

  134. Karen J says:

    I was actually looking up pattern drafting courses on the web yesterday, so this would be perfect!! I’d love to learn how!!

  135. Mikaela says:

    I want to sew long pants and bras.

  136. Melwyk says:

    How strange…the skill I’ve always wanted to learn is pattern drafting! I’d hope it would help me understand fitting and commercial patterns better, and be able to make my clothes suit me perfectly.

  137. kimberly says:

    I am trying to get over my fear of knits. I have a 19 month old son, max, who I want to make t-shirts and clothes for for as long he will want to wear them. :-)

  138. fenna says:

    I’d love to learn how to draft a pattern and grade it into different sizes!!!

  139. Laura says:

    I want to learn how to make a pair of pants for myself that fits.

  140. Ellen says:

    I would love to learn Cal’s pattern drafting method so I can fit and alter commercial patterns better!

  141. I’ve always wanted to know how to make clothes, so this would be great! Thanks for the chance to win.

  142. Allison says:

    They are really fun to make! I hope you will be able to make one someday!

  143. Allison says:

    I would love to learn the skill of zippers in a purse better. I have only done it once so I would love to start trying that out!

  144. Peg crescenzo says:

    I am new at sewing clothing and I like the idea,I notice the sizes seem to have changed since I first sewed some simple things in HS,some near 50 yrs ago!

  145. Kathryn says:

    I’d love to refresh my pattern alteration skills, it’s been a long time since I’ve designed my own clothes.

  146. Kathryn says:

    I’d love to refresh my pattern alteration skills :)

  147. Domenica says:

    I would love to know how to make clothes that fit me just right in all the right places. So drafting my own patterns from my measurements would be so helpful. I hardly ever buy clothes because I’m so fussy with how they fit, look and feel, but don’t have the confidence to make my own yet. Thanks for the opportunity to enter, Sew Mama Sew!

  148. Jennifer says:

    I would love to make a dress for mysel!

  149. Becky says:

    That sounds great–I’ve been trying to teach myself how to draft patterns on and off for years, with little success.

  150. Patricia says:

    I would love to learn tulip sleeves!!

  151. marilyn says:

    would love to learn how to design patterns and how to alter patterns to fit me.

  152. Mary says:

    I would love to learn smocking.

  153. Anna Smith says:

    I have always wanted to learn to draft my own patterns as nothing ever fits me out of the envelope, so this would be the perfect class for me!

  154. Kendra says:

    Being able to make fit adjustments (especially a FBA) would make a big difference to my sewing confidence

  155. Hilary kent says:

    Adjusting for bust and hips

  156. Annie says:

    I have always wanted to learn about drafting a wardrobe from scratch for myself. Thank you for the opportunity!

  157. Ann-Marie says:

    I want to learn all I can about designing for myself.

  158. Carmel says:

    There are so many things I want to learn, but most of all I would love to be able to make clothes that fit me properly.

  159. Anke says:

    I would love to be able to adjust patterns to my actual body curves.

  160. Sleeves are my bug bear, I can make skirts ok but tops don’t work out so well for me.

  161. Wendy says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to adjust a pattern to my measurements.

  162. Sue says:

    I started sewing my own clothes in the late 60s …I am a petite person and there weren’t petite clothes like there are now. Over the years I got away from garment sewing, but seem to be slowly going back that way lately. I would love to learn more about “a good fit”, and altering in the correct places instead of just from those “lines” on patterns……

  163. Janine says:

    I would love to learn to make clothes that actually fit.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

  164. I’ve recently lost enough weight that most of my clothes are too big/sloppy looking, so I’d love to learn to take in a few of my fav things to be able to wear them again and to learn to sew my own tops/dresses and some for my DD who also lost weight!

  165. Beth says:

    Pattern drafting and alterations!

  166. Leah says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to make my own sloper. I hope this course will teach me!

  167. Deb E says:

    i’d like to learn how to properly take in a shirt for my tiny waist so it looks even. Taking in just at the seams does not always look right. Maybe some darts in back?

  168. Anya says:

    I’ve wanted to learn how to create my own fitted patterns – i.e. I see something I like and I can make my own interpretation of it.

  169. Jessie Aucoin says:

    Pattern drafting is absolutely the thing I would like to learn most! My dress-making skills will continue to suffer until I can figure out better fit.

  170. Dawn says:

    I have an amazing, boutique hoodie that I’ve about worn to death. I want to learn to use it to make a similar one.

  171. Susie O says:

    Wow – what a great class, and what a great prize!
    I’d love to learn how to perfect the fit of things I make so that I don’t feel squeezed in and unable to move, or that I have left too much ease and I am not flattering my shape. So this class is right up my street – thanks for the opportunity to win the subscription.
    Good luck everyone!

  172. Rachel A says:

    Drafting is a skill I’ve wanted to learn for a very long time, but I’m not a “teach myself” kind of person, nor do I have the time or resources to take a live course. This could be awesome! I hope I win…

  173. Alice says:

    I’d love to learn how to sew perfect fitting pants.

  174. Alinea says:

    I’d really like to learn to draft my own patterns. I’ve bought two pattern drafting books, looked through both of them, and put them back on the shelf. I haven’t quite managed to take the plunge yet!

  175. Deb. says:

    I want to learn to make adjustments on my own clothes. I make just about all my daughters’ clothes and the always look well put together, and I just want the same for me.

  176. Sarah says:

    I have wide shoulders, and a curvy figure… I’d love to learn how to really fit and customize a pattern! I’ve been doing more reading, but a course would really help me take the plunge! Thanks for the info and the opportunity!

  177. Amy says:

    I hate buying clothes since nothing fits properly. You can alter patterns, but to be able to draft my own good-fitting patterns from the start would be awesome.

  178. Leah Alread says:

    I want to learn how to make patterns from existing garments so when favorite garments wear out it doesn’t mean goodbye forever!

  179. Alessandra says:

    I’d love to learn how to draft and make pants that fit!!

  180. Laurie says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to make blouses for myself.

  181. Molly says:

    I would love to learn more about sewing foundation garments and I think learning the correct way to draft my own patterns and transfer pattern adjustments would be very helpful in my foundation garment sewing!

  182. Brittani T. says:

    I would love to learn to sew clothing for myself, I’m always at the bigger end of patterns and don’t feel comfortable altering them to fit.

  183. Ollie says:

    Pattern drafting is the next skill I want to learn! I feel like I am ready for the next step in creating my own clothes.

  184. Becslb says:

    The skill I’d really like to learn is to adjust a pattern to fit me perfectly so I don’t have trousers that fit me on the hips but not at the waist or tops too tight around my chest!

  185. Sara says:

    I would love to add to my drafting skills with this class! One thing I want to learn is how to grade a pattern to fit other sizes. After I make a pattern for myself, I’d like to be able to size it and share it!

  186. I would love to learn how to make a few fit adjustments, especially being rather petite, only 5’0″!

  187. Haline says:

    I would love to learn how to make the patterns of my clothes and adjust it correctly on my body. I’ve tried it for years following books but I feel that my clothes are always holding my movements and I don’t know how to fix it. I would love to have these classes.
    Haline

  188. auschick says:

    Installing bias binding. I always make a mess of it!

  189. Anna says:

    This is great! I have one of Cal’s books about drafting, but haven’t had the courage to take the plunge on my own. The class would be an amazing boost.

    Besides self-drafting, I’ve always wanted to learn how to make a great front placket. How do you choose the right interfacing? What’s the best method for spacing button? What’s the best way to match patterns across the shirt front, especially if you have a separate placket? My attempts thus far just haven’t worked out…

  190. Samina says:

    I’d love to get better at garment sewing & designing. I’m still at the stage where my stuff looks home-made, but I know I’ll improve with more practice.

  191. Liz Rehrauer says:

    I have always wanted to make my own pattern from an article of clothing I’ve seen in a store. I buy patterns and try to adjust them to my ideas but it seldom works.

  192. Buttonholes. I’ve been sewing forever (though I’m just now re-embracing garments now that gravity is affecting my shape) and I’ve never been able to create a GOOD buttonhole. I’ve created functional buttonholes, but they sure weren’t anything to write home about.

  193. Heather says:

    I would love to learn to draft patterns and better my sewing
    Skills

  194. Renee says:

    I’d love to learn how to make smart adjustments to my garments so that they fit better

  195. Jennifer says:

    I would like to learn pattern making and free-motion machine quilting.

  196. Faith says:

    I have always wanted to learn to draft/scale my own patterns. I have a few ideas waiting.

  197. Lia says:

    Ooh, exciting giveaway! I would love to finally be able to figure out how to do invisible hems on a machine. It’s one thing I’ve never been able to figure out. Lack of skill + lack of patience = far more garments in my closet that’re just straight sewn across the bottom because arghI’msickofsewingIwanttowearitnow!

    I’d also love to learn how to hand sew. I really don’t know how. I just throw stitches wherever I think they’re needed. Under all of my waist facings? Sheer ugliness.

    Thank you so much for the chance to win, and for your amazing blog!

  198. Mel says:

    I would love to learn more about fit. If I’m sewing for myself, things should fit better than rtw and that’s not always the case. thanks for the chance!

  199. Sarah says:

    I want to learn how to make clothes fit. I’ve tried several patterns & I want to learn how to adjust them for regular people sizing,

  200. Ioanna says:

    I have always wanted to learn how to sew a jacket.

  201. Bettina says:

    I really need to learn how to manipulate a muslin to fix all the issues I tend to have (I am rather curvy) with purchased patterns- I think I have mastered the FBA, but often I can’t spot what the issue is. This class would be such a brilliant way of building my confidence! (I have Cal’s book, too:))

  202. Annie McGee says:

    I’d love to have the confidence to deconstruct a garment & create a pattern from it, adding in my own quirky features & creating a perfect fit. This course would be a great opportunity to explore & experiment with my creativity in fashion.

  203. Sharon Eshlaman says:

    Way back when I was 12-18, I made all my own clothes. That was 44 years ago, and back then I made lined wool suit jackets and shirts, etc. We wore skirts and dresses to school along with nylons held up with garter belts. Not sure about the good ole days :-) I would like some refresher courses, etc, not to mention methods and styles have changed. I would love to win. It’s never too late to teach an old dog tricks!

  204. Erica Ralston says:

    This class looks really exciting. I would like to learn how to do measurements and make sample projects. I have never made garments before.

  205. Kristine says:

    I’ve wanted to learn how to draft my own patterns. I’m almost never satisfied with the ones I can purchase, and alter them frequently, but I still stick with the same overall shape of the pattern. I haven’t been brave enough to work out my own from a sloper. I’ve never made a sloper to begin with.

  206. Jodi Ellis says:

    I have always wanted to know how to make clothes simply fit! It’s rare that I buy a piece of clothing that fits well and is comfortable.

  207. Robyn says:

    I would like to improve my garment making skills so this would be perfect!

  208. Amanda says:

    I’d love to learn about drafting a pattern, making darts, invisible zippers…ahhhh, my list could go on, and on, and on! So please pick me! :)

  209. Korinne says:

    Do I leave my comment here?! I would love to learn oh so much. Drafting a pattern… Revising an existing pattern.. Being able to replace a part of a dress and have it look right… This class looks awesome! :)

  210. Kelly P says:

    Oh my word, that is so awesome! I’m sorely tempted to take this class, even with a six week old babe!
    What do I want to learn? I’d like to learn how to fit a muslin; how to make a garment that truly fits me. :)

  211. Beth B. says:

    I read Cal’s book and it was excellent! I’m really in to patternmaking right now and would love to win this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  212. Tatiana Di Maio says:

    I would love to learn how to fit pants…

  213. Lauren says:

    Finishing techniques. Or maybe I just need to be more patient

  214. Jerri says:

    I am planning on teaching my homeschooled teen pattern drafting and I would really love to use this class because of the structure this class can bring to our home. Would love to win this class. Thank you for the opportunity.

  215. Kari says:

    Funny – I was just getting books from the library to try to learn to draft my own patterns. The timing of this post seems more then a coincidence. Guess I’ll be signing up!

  216. angie s. says:

    I really want to learn how to adjust a pattern to my size. I am a new sewist, so any information is great.

  217. Christy Brown says:

    I have always wanted to learn to sew purses. I have never tried it.

  218. Emily says:

    I would super LOVE to learn how to make my own patterns please :D Pretty please!

  219. Cherie Allen says:

    This is just what I’ve been looking for! So often I see the lead “Learn how to draft patterns” and then I find it’s just how to alter already made patterns. I want to learn how to start from scratch!

  220. Teri says:

    I would love to learn to draft a shirt pattern based on my own measurements.

  221. amy says:

    I’d love a chance to win, thank you! I have Cal’s book and I’m totally intimidated by it. I haven’t used it at all. I’d love to be less intimidated!!

  222. Elizabeth c says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn alterations.

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