The Joy of Creating

Fashion Design Workshop and Conference Series

Have you ever dreamed of unleashing your inner Vera Wang? You can learn to sew, draft and follow patterns, and complete the garment you have always wanted (but can’t find in stores).

Textiles and apparel faculty member Ockhee Bego takes students on a creative journey this summer with the Fashion Design Workshops and Conferences. She will guide students who have never used a sewing machine as they learn sewing techniques—cutting, hand-stitching, seam and hem finishes, and pocket construction.

“This class is for anyone – teenagers to grandmothers – who wants to lean a hands-on skill and who want to have the amazing feeling of having something very real to show for their efforts,” said Bego, “We start with taking body measurements, practicing fashion construction techniques and end with a wearable garment.”

Students wanting to take their basic skills to the next level are encouraged to explore the second week of classes which introduces students to patternmaking. The process begins with drafting “Basic Body Sloper” or also called “Basic Pattern Block” from body measurements. The sloper serves as a garment map that can be reproduced quickly and accurately for any patterns or design style.

“Patten drafting has become something of a lost art. We want students to be able to make garments in a variety of sizes to properly fit individuals with differing measurements,” said Bego.

The design workshops were developed to give students a strong start of core skills in sewing and patternmaking and the small class sizes allow students with more advanced skills to branch out and learn more about garment construction.

Workshop Conference One

Fashion Construction for Beginners, “Joy of Sewing”
June 8-12, 2015
10am-4pm, M-F

Workshop Conference Two
Apparel Patternmaking for Beyond Beginners, “Joy of Patternmaking”
June 15-19, 2015
10am-4pm, M-F

If you are interested in learning more about the Fashion Design Workshop and Conference series, you can find information by clicking here.