“Knock It Off” Pattern Making at Glendale Community College’s Garfield campus. Saturdays, October 20- November 3 from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. $95 for the full series.
In this class, you’ll create your own patterns from clothing you love – without taking the clothes apart! “Knocking off” a pattern means to copy it. That’s why we call them knock-offs. Most of us wear variations on the same clothes. Once we find pieces that work, we keep on using them. Making patterns from well-loved clothes means that you can make new pieces that are guaranteed to fit perfectly. And, using thrift store fabrics makes it fabulous, sustainable, and affordable.
Introduction to Sewing at Glendale Community College’s Garfield campus. Saturdays from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, January 19- February 9.
$125 for the full series.
Whether you’re new to sewing or looking to start again, this is the class for you. You will learn to use your sewing machine, prepare fabric for sewing, sew basic seams and hems, and get to know important sewing tools and supplies. By the end of this 4-week class, you will leave with a useful (and cute) bag and a pair of pajama pants you made yourself- and the confidence to go further!
Alter Your Clothes Like A Pro at Glendale Community College’s Garfield campus. Saturdays from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, March 2-23. $175 for the full series.
Learn to alter your clothing and love your body more! Has your body shape changed? Are ready-to-wear clothes not working for you or your family? Do you need to fix some old favorites, or do you want to make thrift store finds into something spectacular? Learn simple no-sew, easy-sew, and more complex repairs and alterations to make clothes fit just right. After this class, you will have the tools you need to custom fit your clothing to suit your style and shape! Please bring your own sewing machine and a pair of scissors.
About the instructor:
A. Laura Brody has 30 years experience as a costume crafts person, designer, and maker. She’s made costumes for LMFAO, the Black Eyed Peas, and Rhianna, among others. She has worked for Netflix, Disney Imagineering, the LA Opera, Disney and Nickelodeon TV, Diavolo Dance Theatre, and many specialty costume houses. Her relaxed, encouraging, and adventurous approach to teaching makes pattern making, draping, crafts, and sewing accessible and fun.
If you can dream it up, she can make it- and show you how to make it too.
Other classes offered:
Get Your Stretch On- Alter Your Stretchy Clothes
Fast and Dirty Alterations- Alter Your Clothes TV Style
Knock It Off and Make Your Own Pattern
Politics of Pockets and…
Staple Drape Your Own Designs
Staple draping is sculpting on the body, using repurposed fabric, a stapler, staples and scissors. It’s a fun, fast and sustainable way to create shapes. Take the drape and use it to make a pattern or take out the staples and sew it up. You can do this if you’ve never sewn a seam, or if you sew all the time and want a fresh way to create your textile art.
“ I took Laura’s Staple Draping Class and absolutely loved it! If you appreciate fashion and being creative you will really enjoy this class. I learned so much and Laura has lots of knowledge about construction, draping, fabrics, etc. We made four outfits in less than an hour and they were all unique. I had a terrific time with Laura and I’m looking forward to taking another one of her classes!” -Suzi Lohr
“Wow – a really fun and fast way to make a pattern by just having fabric draped on you, cut and then stapled together! Laura helps with cutting and marking the fabric, and then stapling where the seams will be. You can leave with a garment that just needs the seams sewn in later. Laura has the best short-cuts and suggestions, and make sewing fun and accessible.” -Patti Harrison
“Who knew that you could build a garment without a pattern? I didn’t until I learned about A. Laura Brody’s class and technique on staple draping. If you’ve watched Project Runway, you’ve watched them drape mannequins. In this class you learn how to drape a live model, yourself! What fun, and I have two garments from class and will work to practice and make more on my subjects! So worth it, I would take it again in a heartbeat.” -Gillian Efros