Production pattern making class
The short version: This one day class is designed for anyone in the process but mostly for designers who may not be doing their own pattern work. It will also be very useful for those who have studied pattern making but do not have industrial experience. [Other classes designed specific to your needs are also available.]
The focus of the class is everything pattern books don’t tell you. Authors spend a lot of paper and ink teaching you things you’ll rarely if ever do but not the things you should be doing daily. Some of these are mentioned in this entry.
You will learn the standards of production patterns (standards to implement and why), and how to inspect and walk a pattern so you can determine whether the work you’ve paid for is on par. You will leave with a completed production ready pattern and sewn samples made on industrial sewing machines. Basic sewing skills are helpful. If you don’t have my book, you will need to get it as we use it extensively. Depending on interest, classes can be expanded to cover topics of your choosing.
Private instruction is available for a maximum of three students but two is preferred. The class fee per person per day is $800, (discounts for attendees from the same company). For students staying two days or more, I provide comfortable and private accommodations in my guest house with breakfast and lunch (vegetarian) on site. My guest house has a bedroom (queen size bed), living room (queen size futon), full kitchen and a bath with shower stocked with towels, shampoo, soap etc (photos of accomodations). Transportation to and from the airport is likely but not guaranteed depending on arrival and departure times.
The long version: These classes aren’t scheduled but held by arrangement. Classes are customized so I need to interview people to assess their skills and what they need to get out of it to know whether we’re a match. Content varies but I don’t do knits beyond the cursory stuff. In the case of manufacturers (and or their designers, pattern makers, sample makers), I help them learn the skills their employers want to develop better products. I only do one introductory class (meaning no knowledge prerequisites) for entrepreneurs on production pattern making. That is really all most designers need since they don’t make patterns but I’m flexible.
I should explain how my classes are set up. Keep in mind these classes are intensive and rigorous! Even though my shop is fairly large with nice amenities and many machines and tools, I take a maximum of three students but two is best. Other than that I provide accommodations and meals, classes are small because I can’t do a job I would be proud of otherwise. Staying on site is preferable as classes are 10 hours or more each day and the closest hotel (Motel 6) is 10 miles away and there are few amenities such as restaurants near by. Of course, you’re welcome to make your own accommodations.
I interview prospective students at length by phone to get an idea of their needs, learning styles and personalities. Then I organize classes according to student personalities, who I think would get along well together because they’ll be working with each other as much as they will with me -and they are usually rooming together.
I am strict about grooming products, dressing appropriately and being prepared:
- No colognes, perfumes, oils, strong deodorants (AXE makes me ill), scented hairspray, gels or smelly lotions. The guest house is stocked with inoffensive grooming products.
- Cell phones must be turned off unless someone is on a donor waiting list (you can call on breaks). WIFI and computers available for use.
- No open toed shoes. Shoes must be sturdy! Not ballet flats.
- No dangling jewelry or accessories.
- Hair must be tied back or out of the way.
- We do not leave the job site for breakfast and lunch; all provided meals are vegetarian. I can accommodate kosher, vegan, glucose/lactose intolerance with advance warning. If you haven’t eaten much vegetarian, don’t worry. You will be well fed.
- Coffee and breakfast is served at 7 AM, class starts at 8:00.
- You are free to use the work room facilities after class has ended for the day.
The cost varies on the material, number of days and students. The average cost for a two day class with two students is $800 per person per day. Since no two classes are the same, it takes time to write curriculum and have it approved by whoever is paying (employer usually, or student). Goals, tasks, exercises and objectives are fully discussed in advance. Developing curriculum and materials takes at east four hours for every hour of class time so you can understand why I don’t do it until needed. You will need to provide materials for use in curriculum development in advance. This will be discussed beforehand.
I have a guest house I’ve been using for student accommodations as long as no problems arise. You won’t have to rent a car at the Albuquerque airport if you can coordinate arrival and departure times. Officially you have to fend for yourself at dinner (guest house has a full kitchen) but unofficially, we’ve gone out to dinner, gotten carry out etc. Staying on site is a benefit because you can work in the shop as late as you like -subject to things not coming up missing etc. Students will need to bring their copy of my book with them because we will be using portions of it, putting it into the context of their growth.
Lastly, ours is a rural property. It is not fancy and we have animals. If you do not like animals or are allergic to them, they will be penned. If you do like animals and would like a companion to stay with you, Farm Cat likes the guest house and is a charming host. See this if you want to know more about the location.