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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 Muslin Sample Garment Construction (LLRN 2707)

Skirts, Pants, Shirts, Bodices, Dresses, Vests, Over Coats And Suit Coats, We Cover Them All. (each sample garment is constructed in muslin fabric)

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

You MUST have completed Sewing/Construction and the Pattern Drafting Class, for the garment to enroll into this advance class. (NO EXCEPTIONS)

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.

You must have taken pattern class and created the pattern to enter this class. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Materials list will be provided before the first day of class. (Supplies are not included in the price of the course).

Custom Garment Construction (LLRN 2710)

Skirts, Pants, Shirts, Bodices, Dresses, Vests, Over Coats And Suit Coats, We Cover Them All.

The Custom Garment class consists of 8 sessions
Watch the class videos one at a time or watch all 8 sessions right away
Fee: $75.00

You MUST have completed Sewing/Construction, Pattern Drafting & Muslin Garment Sample classes to enroll into this advance class. (NO EXCEPTIONS). You created a great pattern, put together the muslin sample, made the necessary pattern adjustments and performed the needed alterations, now it is time to make those great looking garments. When making your first garment, it is a great idea to make a second garment at the same time.

Do not worry, you can handle it. NO BABIES are allowed in this class, just designers. Eric W. Stiles Sr., master tailor will show you how to construct a great garment. Learn some of the clothing construction secrets of the European and Domestic designers. In this advanced class, you will construct a complete custom garments. We will show you step by step detailed instructions. ARE YOU READY TO GET BUSY!?

To register for online Sewing Workshops:

If you have not been a student of Virginia Western Community College in the past 3 years, you must complete a NON-credit application to Virginia Western Community college.

You can:

  • Apply online at http://www.virginiawestern.edu/admissions/newstudents.php. Use the Apply Online link to help guide you through the entire NON-credit application process. For assistance with online NON-credit application enrollment call 540-857-7231.
  • Please contact Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 or email pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu once you have completed the NON-credit application so we may enroll you in your class selection.
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