Fall Classes:

Introduction to Sewing  at Glendale Community College’s Garfield campus. Saturdays, September 8-29 from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. $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!

“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. In this 3 week class, you will make patterns from existing clothing and use those patterns to make brand new clothes that fit just right.

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

For the philosophy of staple draping and the importance of DIY, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/alaurabrody/videos

To see staple draping as a performance, go to http://vimeo.com/15717235 .

Staple draping pictures are at http://www.pinterest.com/dreamsbymachine/staple-drapings/

And to find Instructables on making your own mobility art, go to http://www.instructables.com/member/a.laura.brody/

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