Copying Ready to Wear: The Cutting Method

Suzy Furrer
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In this session, Suzy gives a brief overview of everything she will cover in the class.
In this session, Suzy talks about how to assess the garment you plan to copy and remake and note all changes you might want to make to the pattern.
In this session, Suzy talks about how to prepare the garment for cutting, how and where to cut the garment apart, and how to label each piece.
In this session, Suzy shows how to trace the cut garment pieces onto pattern paper.
In this session, Suzy explains how to true the traced pattern lines and shows how to mark the grainlines on the pattern pieces.
In this session, Suzy talks about how to make any of the changes to the pattern that were noted during the initial assessment of the garment.
In this session, Suzy explains how to take a working pattern and make it into a final pattern for constructing your garment.
In this session, Suzy explains some of the considerations that need to be taken when copying t-shirts and skirts.
In this session, Suzy recaps what was taught throughout the class.
9 Lessons
2  hrs 28  mins

The most accurate way to copy ready to wear is to cut up a garment and create a pattern from those cut pieces. Join me while I show you how to give new life to a garment that has seen better days. You don’t need to be a patternmaker to learn this technique but imagine the satisfaction of drafting garments that you know you like and that fit your figure. This is also a great class if you have been interested in experimenting with the artform of patternmaking.

Suzy Furrer

Suzy Furrer has over 35 years’ experience in the fashion industry. She began her career as a freelance patternmaker and directed the development of capsule collections for small fashion companies. Suzy is the Founder and Director of Apparel Arts (established 1996) and Apparel Arts Productions (www.ApparelArtsProductions.com), an online fashion design school established in 2020. Suzy developed a comprehensive curriculum to give students in-depth training to be strong candidates to enter the workforce in apparel or costume design or to simply build strong sewing and drafting skills for one's own personal use. Apparel Arts has graduated hundreds of students who currently work in the apparel or costuming industries. In addition, she has been an instructor for GAP Inc.’s Product Development Immersion Program. Suzy teaches and speaks at sewing and craft conferences, sewing guilds, and art schools and has taught classes for the employees of entertainment giants Pixar and Lucas Films. She is the author of Building Patterns, The Architecture of Women’s Clothing.


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