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Diane Hall
Sewing: The Art of Making

Session One - June 12-18, 2016

Course Description
The focus of this class will be to guide you in the process of creating a basic pattern and making a garment to custom fit your body. You will learn the process of how to adapt a commercial pattern to fit your body as well as creating your own patterns. You will learn to take accurate body measurements and translate them onto your pattern. You will then make a garment from the commercial pattern of your choice or from the basic pattern you create. Once you have perfected the pattern to suit your body, you can begin to add details to your own design.

Artist's Statement
One artist will take paint and create a masterpiece on canvas. Another will take clay and make beautiful pottery. My canvas is the human body, and my paint or clay is beautiful fabric. From an early age, I have been inspired by fabrics – silks, satins, wools, and linens – and by clothing designs and styles from other eras. The elaborate designs of the Edwardian period, the flappers of the 1920’s, and the post-war designs of the late 1940’s have all been intriguing to me. My gift is to take a sketch, make a pattern from body measurements, and create a garment. My love and passion for sewing was instilled in me by my mother and after 50 years is still a strong force in my life.

Artist's Biography
I began my sewing experience when I was 15 years old. All of my basic skills were learned from my mother. As I learned these skills, I began to explore how to manipulate patterns to make other designs.

When I was 18, I started a business making garments for clients. My goal was to give the perfect fit and to create the garments they dreamed of having. I also worked for Alabama Chanin in Florence, Alabama, from 2002 until 2015, and for most of those years, I was the pattern maker and first sample maker for our collections.

Supply List
  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Paper Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • 18" Ruler
  • Pins
  • Needles
  • Extra sewing machine needles
  • Fabric for dress (We will use only woven fabrics in this class.)
  • Fabric for skirt
  • Fabric for jacket or top
  • 22" zipper (for dress)
  • 7" zipper (for skirt)
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Commercial pattern of choice (optional)

The Shakerag Store, which is open daily throughout Shakerag, stocks most of these supplies in addition to numerous other items, including books, tools, t-shirts, and aprons.
(Note: Pattern paper will be provided)

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Diane Hall

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