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Community Classes :: Sewing Skills

Online Sewing-Construction (LLRN 2700)

This course will consist of 8 sessions
Watch the class videos one at a time or watch all 8 sessions right away
Fee: $75.00

Non sewers, beginners, intermediate, and advanced sewers, are welcome, to learn how to sew from the Master Tailor-Designer Eric W. Stiles Sr., former top Supervisor and Head Tailor-Fitter for Giorgio Armani, Polo Ralph Lauren and others. Mr. Stiles has more than 35 years of professional experience, and is an industry expert who taught fashion design at 10 well-respected colleges.

Learn some of the special techniques that the top European and Domestic designers use in their clothing construction, fitting, and pressing. Stop making those “Home-Made Looking” clothing, learn how to make them like the professionals.

He will teach you how to correctly use a thimble and needle. Next you will begin your first of 3 hand stitches on your stitch pad: Overcast, Baste and the halfback stitches. After finishing the 2 stitch Pads, you will begin your next pocket the Quarter Top. You will continue working on the Quarter Top pocket until completion. The next pocket is the side and this pocket will be completed in this class. It’s highly recommended to take the Pattern Drafting classes with this class, to enhance and maximize your skills.

No sewing experience is required. Materials list will be provided on the first day of class.
(Supplies are not included in the price of the course). You will need a sewing machine at home. You have the option of continuing with more advanced classes which will allow you to further enhance and develop your skills.

Online Pattern Drafting (LLRN 2703)

Skirts, Pants, Shirts, Bodices, Dresses, Vests, Over Coats And Suit Coats, We Cover Them All. (each pattern is drafted in the quarter and full scales)

These advanced courses will consist of 8 sessions
Watch the class videos one at a time or watch all 8 sessions right away
Fee: $75.00

Learn how to draft a professional pattern from the Master Tailor-Designer Eric W. Stiles Sr., former top Supervisor and Head Tailor-Fitter for Giorgio Armani, Polo Ralph Lauren and others Eric W. Stiles Sr. will teach you the formulas used, to draft a pattern from beginning to end for Ready-To-Wear and Custom garment. Stop wasting time and money and using Commercial patterns. Learn to make your own, and start designing your own line of clothing, that will fit and enhance your body.

This is the same formula used by all of the top European and Domestic designers of the world. Product and Development, a procedure used to help the designer improve and complete their patterns, will be taught. In this class, you will draft the quarter scale and the full scale patterns. It’s highly recommended to take the Sewing/Construction class with this class to enhance and maximize your skills.

No sewing experience is required. Materials list will be provided on the first day of class.
(Supplies are not included in the price of the course). You have the option of continuing with more advanced classes which will allow you to further enhance and develop your skills.

Online Sample Garment Construction

The Custom Garment class consists of 8 sessions.
All sessions will be sent to you, after you have registered for the class(es).
Watch the class videos one at a time or watch all 8 sessions right away
Fee: $75.00

You MUST have completed Sewing Construction and the Pattern Drafting classes to enroll into this advance class. No Exceptions will be made. In the Pattern Drafting class you will create the pattern used in this class.

Mr. Stiles will continue teaching you more enhancements and advanced techniques use by all of the top European and Domestic designers of the world. In this class you will learn how the professionals construct their sample pattern in muslin. Muslin is a test fabric used for creating test garments and used to make adjustments on your paper pattern.

You will also learn how to perform the fitting, and how to make the needed adjustments on the muslin garment, covered within the fitting process. These adjustments will then be performed in the altering of your paper pattern for the sample garment corrections.

Learn what fitting markings are used on the garment. This is a very detailed class so you must pay close attention, we don’t want to miss anything. Product and Development, is a procedure used to help the designer improve and complete their patterns, will be taught. In this class you will use your hand stitching skills throughout the class.

Materials list will be provided before the first day of class. (Supplies are not included in the price of the course). For more detailed information, please contact Mr. Stiles by e-mail at ewsacademy1802@ewsacademy.org or visit his website at ewsacademy.org.

To register for online Sewing Workshops, call 966-3984

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