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Fashion Design-Home Study course

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Are there any Home Study courses available in Fashion Design
covering clothing construction, draping and pattern drafting?
Would be interested in signing up for one.

Thank you for any information.


  1. Merrie | | #1


    There are numerous courses available (do google) but what learners usually find most intimidating is the drafting of the basic block pattern - so many measurements and calculations to determine pattern points!

    You might want to try the X!act Design Patternmaker ([email protected]) for this purpose - it is a convenient, portable "template" tool with markings and graded measurements that already include the metric calculations! You use only your (or client's) half bust, half waist and half hip measurements to draft a perfect fit block for women, men, children and teens. The Patternmaker caters for tops (dress, shirt), skirts, all types of sleeves and trousers and has cut-outs that provide curve lines for neck, sleeve, armholes, waist and crotch lines. It comes with a richly illustrated Basic Manual and is very easy to use.

    Because your basic block pattern is the foundation, once you have that right you can use virtually any style manipulation handbook to create the design of your dreams. I found a lovely one recently, and as soon as I get it back from a friend, will post you the details.

    Regards, Vicki

    Edited 3/28/2004 9:41 am ET by Vicki

  2. nmog | | #2

    There is an Academy of Fashion Design out of Saskatton, Saskatchewan, Canada.  The courses are about $350 (Canadian) and must be completed in 18 weeks (I believe).  You are able to get diplomas, etc, through the program.  However, you may need to actually visit the campus for fitting classes.  Their website is http://www.aofdesign.com for more information.  Good luck!


  3. Elisabeth | | #3

    I noticed that Heather Claus who contributed the Delicious Details in the May Threads teaches online sewing classes at http://www.patternshowcase.com

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