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:
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 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.
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!
- 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!
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 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.
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
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.