The Fair Fit Method
The Fair Fit Method
The Fair Fit Method: Patterns and a process for adaptive custom design.
 

The Fair Fit Method is a year long curriculum of online 6 courses in which you will make several garments and learn intermediate and advanced fashion design techniques. Each course and project builds on itself, introducing new proportion, fit, pattern, sewing principles and techniques that advance your craft with each project. The projects are planned so that as you create a garment, you learn a new skillset, and each garment helps you advance to the next. You are learning a process of design. In fact every course in the Fair Fit Method follows this specific plan:
 

 
 
 

Pattern 

You choose how you will use the pattern by selecting the set of blocks to achieve your desired final result. These blocks are even more interchangeable as more sets are added throughout the program. The Fair Fit blocks are comparable to a set of fashion legos, they can be switched out and elaborated upon to achieve a custom design.

You will get:

  • Core patterns for the initial design
  • Pattern sets to adjust to specific proportions
  • Additional pattern sets to customize the look
  • Video instructions on how to use them
 
The Fair Fit Method - Patterns and a Process for Adaptive Custom Design
 

Check Fit

The Fair Fit Method uses sewing methods that I’ve developed to create innovative and unconventional garments. This kind of sewing you will not find in commercial cut and sew patterns. We do make a muslin- but the garment you use to learn your drape, fit, and proportion will be sewn in my raw finish method. That way, you still get a wearable garment from your check fit garment, and this method of sewing enables you to make your pattern alterations much more easily. When your check fit is complete, we apply the alterations to your pattern and then you are free to create a second garment featuring a different sewing method.

 The Fair Fit Method Raw Finish Sewing Method

The Fair Fit Method Raw Finish Sewing Method

 

Sewing

Throughout the program, you will learn many custom sewing methods to advance your material understanding and muscle memory, while teaching you how to approach sewing creatively and artistically. In each course, you can choose from mixtures of clean and raw, serged and sewn, topstitched and pieced, the options of sewing in this program are diverse and truly exciting!

INCLUDES

  • Raw Finish sewing method for test garments
  • Serged and Sewn Method for thicker fabrics
  • Completely Clean Finish Method for refined garments
  • Heirloom Repurpose for sustainable practices
  • Topstitched and Pieced for craft practices
  • And more will be added as we continue to innovate!
 

Fashion draping

All of your Fair Fit projects will be draped. By the end of this program, you are going to have a greater understanding of how designers think through their projects, adding and editing as they go, and learning to develop a fluidity that you can’t get with cut and sew patterns. 

The Fair Fit Method - Patterns and A Process for Adaptive Custom Design

The draping portion will teach you about fit for your body. You will learn principles and practices, but more importantly the problem solving skills and confidence to fit for yourself. I love seeing the lightbulbs turn on as a student learns that fit is often over thought- and that you can tackle it swiftly and effectively and still have fun.

 

Pattern Adjustments

The videos in the course tackle the most common alterations that are discovered during your check fit. And since we have previous students who have participated in the courses, I have a lot of recommended alts to show you. 

I know it would be impossible to think up every alteration that can and will occur, so as more students take the courses, new alterations will demonstrated as needed.

The videos in the courses are filmed in real time in my studio to enable me to be responsive and adaptive to student fit and draping questions that arise. During our course durations, alterations and demonstrations are added as they are needed, creating an archive of fit, design, and pattern customization lessons. When you do your check fit, if something isn't right, you are going to take a picture and send it to me so I can send you the recommended adjustment.

You will Learn: 

  • Individual pattern adjustments for specific fit questions.
  • An archive of pattern adjustments from previous students.
  • A workshop on how patterns are drafted and graded so that you can better understand all sewing patterns.
 

We make 2 garments in every course

The Fair Fit Method - Patterns and A Process for Adaptive Custom Design

When you make your second garment, you get to design further, applying what you have learned in the first garment and taking your second garment to new areas of exploration. This is where you can change the up the type of fabric for your dress, play with pattern and print, repurposing, or use interesting methods of topstitching and sewn lines. As we progress throughout the year, you will learn a new method of sewing each time to add to your arsenal of skills.

 
 

You can participate in the Fair Fit Method courses in 2 ways: 

 either by enrolling in the year long program or taking the courses one at a time.

 

The benefits of the year long program:

You get every lesson, every pattern, and every technique taught in the method. You will be taking the program as it was designed, working each project in order. It's the equivalent of enrolling in a course of study for the entire year, with a program designed to grow your skill set in a specific way as if you were going to university. Enrolling in the year long program ensures you a spot in all of the courses and you will not have to keep track of registration dates. 

 
 

The benefits Of enrolling in one course at a time: 

This makes the courses more accessible for those of you who would like to try one course first and see if you like the method. Or maybe you want to take a few of the courses and are budgeting. You still have to take the core classes, Learn and Make the Fair Fit Skirt, and Learn and Make the Fair Fit Dress, in order, and will have to watch for registration times to continue on with the courses if you love the program.

 
 
 

CHOOSE YOUR BEST OPTION:

Option 1: 

Enroll in THE FAIR FIT METHOD YEAR LONG PROGRAM

Learn THE ENTIRE CURRICULUm

INCLUDES ALL COURSES: 

  1. Learn and Make the Fair Fit Skirt - Begins January 2018 (6 Weeks)
  2. Learn and Make the Fair Fit Dress - Begins April 2018 (8 Weeks)
  3. Creating Circle Skirts and Designing with Skirt Bands - June 2018 (3 Weeks)
  4. Learn and Make the Fair Fit V-neck and Sweetheart Neckline - July 2018 - (5 weeks)
  5. Learn and Make the Fair Fit Raglan Sleeve Dress and Top - September 2018 - (4 Weeks)
  6. Fair Fit Sewing Workshop Heirloom Repurpose - October 2018 - (4 weeks)

Each course in the Fair Fit Method is taught through video instruction, with pdf books, the patterns, and supplementary materials to support you through the course work.

The Fair Fit Method opens up new and unexpected pathways for creative expression with its unique and adaptive pattern blocks. One of their greatest benefits is that the pattern is drafted and graded to allow for a more customized and effective fit.  Their unique shapes allow for you to play with the design of each garment, changing up the style lines to create looks from classic to cutting edge.

EVERY COURSE IN THE FAIR FIT METHOD INCLUDES:

  • Guided, step by step video instruction of the techniques, methods, and new skills you will learn, workbooks, project patterns and bonus patterns for customizations, and hands on exercises.

  • An introductory live webinar each session to introduce you to the projects we are making, inspire your process, and share the new approaches you will learn.

  • Unlimited, ongoing access to a private course website to view, download, and engage with the course materials, patterns, videos and workbooks.
  • Innovative and accessible lessons on fashion design principles, pattern alteration, and pattern customizations. 
  • Lessons to help you learn the basics of fashion draping while using the pattern.
  • Learn how to use a dress form to fit for your own body.
  • A working timeline to support you staying organized and to ensure don’t get lost in the projects. 
  • One on one email support from me for all students.
  • Lessons and instruction on more advanced garment customization options. 
 
 
The Fair Fit Method - Patterns and A Process for Adaptive Custom Design

IN Each Class, Together we will create: 

  1. TWO finished Fair Fit garments, one to learn how to fit and customize, and another to play with design and sewing variations.
  2. Workbooks and worksheets to help you plan and design your garments, from start to finish while incorporating your own sewing, pattern, and fit customizations.  
  3. A foundational perspective into fashion design and clothing customization, pattern fit and alteration, and the opportunity to create custom garments for yourself with my process and system for designing Fair Fit garments. 
 
 
 
The Fair Fit Method- Patterns and a Process for Adaptive Custom Design
The Fair Fit Method- Patterns and a Process for Adaptive Custom Design
 
 

Self Paced Options

As each course begins you will have access 24/7 to the videos, modules, and materials. You will create a login and password to enable access from anywhere, at any time, on most up to date devices and computers. You also get unlimited access to the content- your ability to take the course does not go away, so even if life gets busy and you can't participate for a few months, or you go on vacation, you can come back and pick up where you left off.

 
 
 
The Fair Fit Method - Patterns and a Process for Adaptive Custom Design
The Fair Fit Method - Patterns and A Process for Adaptive Custom Design
The Fair Fit Method - Patterns and a Process for Adaptive Custom Design
 
 

Recommended Timeline and Email Support

 

For folks who need and want more accountability, with weekly assignments/deadlines and tasks to complete, I'll send you weekly syllabus updates and reminders to keep you on track with the timeline and work during the course. That's what is meant by "6 week" or "8 week" course. 

 
 
 

Live Webinar Introductions and Overviews

Each time the course opens, we will have an introductory live webinar to go over course content and answer any questions before you begin building your garments. For those unable to attend, you can still watch the replays.

The Fair Fit Method - Patterns and a Process for Adaptive Custom Design
The Fair Fit Method - Patterns and a Process for Adaptive Custom Design
 
 

Email Support For all students

I will also be available via email for any enrolled student who has a question with the course work. I hate a messy inbox, so I usually respond within 24 hours, 48 if I'm traveling or on the weekend. It is highly encouraged that you email me- while there are many, many, demonstrations and tutorials already in the course, I can't know a fit, proportion, or specific alteration if you don't ask! 

 

Required Materials and Equipment for All Courses

You will need access to a computer or a smart device and an internet connection strong enough to support video streaming. You also must have an adjustable dress form to participate in this course and access to a sewing machine. Most Fair Fit dresses use up to 5 yards of fabric, and Fair Fit skirts use up to 4 yards, and you will need to buy thread, zippers, snaps, or hook and eye closures for most projects. 

The Fair Fit Method - Patterns and a Process for Adaptive Custom Design

Be sure to check our current size range before you enroll, and make sure you are using or purchasing a dress form that corresponds to your measurements. 

 
 

(monthly payment plan option is available)

 
 

Option 2: 

enroll in LEARN AND MAKE THE FAIR FIT SKIRT

THE FIRST COURSE IN THE FAIR FIT METHOD

INCLUDES: 

  • Guided, step by step video instruction of the techniques, methods, and new skills you will learn, workbooks, project patterns and variations patterns for customizations, and hands on exercises.
  • An introductory live webinar to introduce you to the projects, inspire your process, and share with you the new approaches you will learn.
  • Unlimited, ongoing access to a private course website to view, download, and engage with the course materials, patterns, videos and workbooks.
  • Innovative and accessible lessons on skirt pattern alterations, and pattern customizations. 
  • Lessons to help you learn the basics of skirt draping while using the pattern and learning how to use a dress form to fit for your own body.
  • A working timeline to support you staying organized and to ensure don’t get lost in the project 
  • One on one email support from me for all students.

In the first course of the Fair Fit Method, you will learn the foundational skills used to make all Fair Fit garments. In Learn and Make the Fair Fit Skirt, you will learn beginner draping skills and how to analyze your body shape, size, and proportion to pad out your dress form to create an accurate fit. This aspect of the course will help you learn how to utilize a form better, and benefit your sewing practice and how you make to all garments moving forward.

 
 
 
The Fair Fit Method- Patterns and a Process for Adaptive Custom Design
The Fair Fit Method - Patterns and a Process for Adaptive Custom Design
 
 

Course Begins January 2018 - 6 weeks - Concepts Covered: 

  • Understanding the Fair Fit Pattern

  • Choosing Your Skirt Design - Pencil, A Line, or Pleated
  • Learn the Fair Fit Raw Finish Sewing Method for your First Skirt
  • Understanding Skirt Fit
  • Introduction to Draping for the Lower Half of Your Body
  • How to Measure Your Body For Draping and Pad Your Mannequin for your Lower Half
  • Understanding the Shape, Proportion, and Ratios of your Hips and Waist.
  • Pattern Adjustments and Alterations for the Skirt
  • Learn the Fair Fit Clean Finish Sewing Method for your Second Skirt

In our first project, you will learn how to determine your own unique body length, circumference, and foundational principles of proportion that will help you create a flattering custom skirt.

All of your Fair Fit garments will be draped, and you will also learn pattern alterations to further customize the fit. After the pattern is finalized, you will move onto your second skirt, choosing either another pattern variation or implementing the sewing methods taught in the course.

 
 
 
 

Fair Fit Pencil Skirt

 Fair Fit Pencil Skirt made by student Lori Stieb

Fair Fit Pencil Skirt made by student Lori Stieb

You will learn how to drape and shape a pencil skirt- which is honestly the hardest skirt to fit, am I right? With this part of the pattern variation, you will see how to customize the skirt band and backside in ways that you can't with a commercial pattern. 

The alterations learned will help you down the road with future pencil skirt projects, should this become your preferred skirt style line.

 
The Fair Fit Method - Patterns and A Process for Adaptive Custom Design
 

Fair Fit A line Skirt

The A Line skirt is my favorite skirt to make as it is pretty much universally flattering and the easiest to drape and fit. With this skirt, you will learn how to drape and smooth the lines, customizing the fullness of the skirt as it relates to your desired design as well as unique proportions. 

You will be encouraged to play with lengths as well, as you may find you want to change the height of your waist band, or the length of your skirt, and later down the line add more panels and bands to create more customization.

 
Course Begins January 2018 - 6 weeks - Concepts Covered:  Understanding the Fair Fit Pattern Choosing Your Skirt Design - Pencil, Aline, or Pleated Learn the Fair Fit Raw Finish Sewing Method for your First Skirt Introduction to Draping for the Lower Half of Your Body How to Measure Your Body For Draping and Pad Your Mannequin for your Lower Half Understanding the Shape, Proportion, and Ratios of your Hips and Waist. Pattern Adjustments and Alterations for the Skirt Learn the Fair Fit Clean Finish Sewing Method for your Second Skirt Learn the Fair Fit Serged and Topstiched Sewing Method for Future Skirts
 

Fair Fit Pleated Skirt

After you make a pencil or an A line skirt, you will have the chance in this course to make the pleated version by customizing the pattern and learning how to drape pleats into your skirt and add them to your band. 

 
 

 

CUSTOMIZATIONS IN THE SEWING

Sewing is a huge area of focus in the Fair Fit Method. Learn and Make the Fair Fit Skirt is a perfect opportunity to focus on the 2 most essential sewing techniques used in the Fair Fit Method so that you have a chance to practice the core sewing methods before moving on to the dress.

 
The Fair Fit Method - Patterns and a Process for Adaptive Custom Design
 
 

RAW FINISH

The raw finish method is used to create a working muslin to customize the fit, proportion, and the pattern. You get to keep and wear the muslin, as opposed to a garment you have to just toss out.

 
 
The Fair Fit Method - Patterns and a Process for Adaptive Custom Design
 
 

CLEAN FINISH

The clean finish method is a mixture of sewing, turning, and pressing. This method will definitely enhance your material handling skills and coordination as you learn how to force the fabric to the seams to get a clean finish result. 

It's a little bit more time consuming, but the final result is very beautiful and offers the opportunity to find ways of featuring the contrast fabric in interesting fashions. 

Learn and Make the Fair Fit Skirt includes14 modules, over 25 videos, hours of instruction, design worksheets, the Fair Fit A-Line, Pencil, and Pleated Skirt pattern sets, with a pdf book, and a working timeline, all located on a online personal dashboard that you can access 24/ 7.  This course will give you a foundation in draping, pattern fit, body proportion for your lower half, as well as the core principles as to how Fair Fit Garments are made. It is the prerequisite to Learn and Make the Fair Fit Dress, and sets up your skills for all upcoming Fair Fit Method courses in 2018.  

 

READY TO GET STARTED?

Upon registration, you will receive an email confirming your enrollment in the course. On January 1st, you will be sent an email to set up log in and password to access your course dashboard. The course will begin the first week of January and you can decide whether you want to work at your own pace, or follow our guided timeline.

 
 
 

By participating in Fair Fit Method courses, you will learn all of the approaches to fashion design and creating custom clothing that I have used throughout my creative practice and professional career. You absolutely, without a doubt, will learn something new. I believe these new methods and approaches will build your confidence and open up a new creative outlook in your personal sewing practice.
 

That’s why I’m sharing my secrets with you

When I was learning, I had to figure everything out on my own. This was often under pressure to perform or sell a finished product that would be fit for retail. I try to be the teacher I was looking for at that time, when I was in competitive professional settings or competitive educational institutions it was extremely intimidating learn that way. And with sewing and fashion design, I found out that you don’t know what you don’t know. It always felt like there was something I was missing, something I could do better, or a solution someone else knew that would solve all of my problems. And I learned that was just not the case.

Rather, improvement comes with evolving your process, learning to think about things from another angle, and try new methods that might seem intimidating or uncomfortable. This is how you grow, and this is how creative practice works. With the courses in the Fair Fit Method, you will be asked to try new and unconventional, sometimes even uncomfortable, ways of sewing and building a garment. Even if you don’t like it, you will still grow and use these skills in other garments that you make.

 

Are you ready to try something totally new? 

What would it mean to know how to fit for your own body, how to customize a pattern fluidly by applying draping skills, while building creative garments that reflect your creativity and perspective in design?

 

There are 2 payment options and 2 ways to participate:

 
 

You can take every course, learn every method, and sew all the patterns while gaining expertise from the entire curriculum:

 

Or you can participate in each course one at a time, enrolling as the courses open for registration in 2018. You will start here: