November 7, 2015
Sarah Veblen teaches us techniques to solve our perennial problem:
Pants are easy to sew. But they sure can be difficult to fit.
Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Katherine Hepburn, Menswear Inspired, Sporty, Liberating, Comfortable, Warm, Practical.... Don't you love to wear pants??
At our November program Sarah Veblen, fitting expert and co-creator of the Eureka! Pants that Fit pattern, will share the process she uses to develop beautifully fitting pants. As with all fitting, the secret lies in reading the fabric on the body. To facilitate this, Sarah will explain how she employs a fitting grid that is first drawn on the pattern and then transferred to the fitting muslin. Using two volunteers, she will demonstrate the most common pants fitting issues she encounters and how to solve these issues to achieve a flattering and comfortable fit.
Sarah is a fellow Haute Couture Club member, custom fashion designer and sought after educator. She has a Certificate in Fashion Design from Baltimore City Community College and a BA from Stanford University. She teaches in her studio and other classroom venues across the United States as well as online through PatternReview.com. Her book, The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting, provides easy-to-understand explanations of patternmaking principles and techniques to make fitting logical and straightforward.
Sarah began teaching, quite simply, because she was asked to. She started with several sewists who knew her custom work and wanted help matching fabrics with patterns and with fittings. She discovered she enjoyed helping others make their sewing successful. Later, she was asked by the Professional Association of Custom Clothiers to teach and subsequently went on to create her Intensive Study Program in Fashion Design.
In an interview for Sew Chicago, HCCC member Wendy Grossman asked Sarah what she enjoyed most about teaching. This was Sarah's reply:
"...While garment sewing might seem simple on one level, in fact it is quite complicated. It requires skills and knowledge in so many different areas: fabric, interfacing, structure, pattern work, fit, design, and embellishment – not to mention sitting at the machine and sewing. What I really want to share is how much fun it is to create a unique garment that fits, and to do so takes pulling together all of these different areas of knowledge. I still find that making a garment out of a flat piece of fabric is magical. And I hope that my teaching helps others find a similar joy and satisfaction from this creative process."
For more information, visit http://www.sarahveblen.com/