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Rub Off Patternmaking

Have you ever wanted to Make a Pattern from a Pre-loved Garment, so you could remake it in a new color and fabric? Then this class is for you, as we'll bring new life to an old piece!
We'll learn how to, 
  • Select a Vintage piece that may have deteriorated fabric, yet a valuable silhouette, or a garment that you love that you want to recreate in your own choice of fabrics
  • Analyze and Prepare it for rubbing off
  • Make a pattern from it
  • Modify select details, such as adding pockets
  • Cut it in another fabric

  • Demo: In our first class I'll show the technique, so you'll see specific supplies you may wish to buy for the next class.
  • Sewing: Students may need to sew their garment outside of class time. The primary focus of this class will be on patternmaking technique.
Supplies You will need to bring:
  • Your Sewing Kit- silk pins, pin cushion, sewing needles, fabric scissors (sharp and good quality), tailors chalk, thread, tape measure and a carrying case.
    • Pins:  please bring fine quality pins.  There are some pins on the market that are like nails!  There is nothing worse than working with poor supplies.
  • A Garment in a Woven Fabric: Please note that Knits are more advanced and not recommended for this class. Please press it so it's presentable, not wrinkled. 
    • Keep it simple.  Ideal items are 3-4 pattern pieces in basic fabric, like a skirt or top.  No suits and no winter coats.
  • New fabric to cut your new garment. 
    • Keep it Light!  We need to be able to see all construction details, so dark colored fabrics are more challenging.
  • Contrasting thread, red or blue.  
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Long 18" Ruler: *I will bring all these supplies that we can share, yet it's ideal if students bring what they have.
  • French curve #17: PlusI will bring a hip curve and a T-square, as many students may not have these.

Your Kit Fee of $27 Includes:
  • 2 yds of muslin
  • 2.5 yds of Swedish Tracing Paper

Skill Level:
Skill Details:
A basic knowledge of garment construction and sewing is required to take this class. We highly encourage that you have taken Basics I with Studio Bernina before attending this class.
Materials Included:
$27 kit fee is required.
Instructor Name:
Carol Gantos
Instructor Bio:
Originally having designed for Halston, Randolph Duke, and Banana Republic, among others, Carol Gantos earned her BFA from FIT in New York, studied at Esmod in Paris and has lived and worked in Italy. She's been a design professional for over 20 years and mentors aspiring designers in their creative portfolio development who have gone on to study fashion in New York.

Rub Off Patternmaking

$ 130.00
Price of the class does not include $27 kit fee.
Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday - Thurs 10am - 6pm
  • Fri & Sat 10am - 5pm
  • *Closed Sunday