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Pattern Drafting in Adobe Illustrator for Beginners

October 4, 2020 - November 1, 2020

Learn to draft a custom fitted pattern sloper/block using Adobe Illustrator - no prior graphic design experience necessary!

The course will teach you how to draft a basic bodice and skirt sloper/block to your measurements. The full pattern will be drafted in Adobe Illustrator.

You will also learn how to make a print-at-home version of your sloper/block along with the basics of pattern grading and patter manipulation.

By the end of this course, you will be confident in your skills in creating patterns using Adobe Illustrator.

Who can take this class?

Anyone with basic sewing garment experience. Having used a commercial pattern before is helpful. You do not need any prior experience with Adobe Illustrator or with flat pattern drafting - that is what I will be teaching you!

What do you need to take this course?

You need your own copy of Adobe Illustrator CC. I will be using the latest version, so if you have an older copy it will work, but there could be differences from the copy I use in class.

About the Course

This course is a 4 week long adventure we will take together into the world of digital pattern drafting. Each week will consist of a set of lessons, practice assignments, and 2 Zoom meetings with me for question and answers. You do not need to attend both meetings - I just want to be sure everyone gets a chance to ask questions. There is always an issue with time zones and work schedules, so I like to be sure I have enough "office hours" to help everyone in the course.

The office hours of the course are Wednesdays at 6PM Central Time and Sundays at 12PM (Noon) Central time with the exception of week 2.


The Course Schedule

Week 1:

October 4: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator and Pattern Drafting Prep Work Lessons
October 7: Zoom Office Hours at 6PM Central Time
October 11: Zoom Office Hours at 12PM (Noon) Central Time

Week 2:

October 11: Bodice Sloper/Block Lessons
October 14: Zoom Office Hours at 6PM Central Time
October 17: Zoom Office Hours at 12PM (Noon) Central Time

Week 3:

October 18: Skirt Sloper/Block Lessons
October 21: Zoom Office Hours at 6PM Central Time
October 25: Zoom Office Hours at 12PM (Noon) Central Time

Week 4:

October 25: Printing, Grading, and Manipulating Your Pattern Lessons
October 28: Zoom Office Hours at 6PM Central Time
November 1: Zoom Office Hours at 12PM (Noon) Central Time


Your Instructor


Ariana Bauer
Ariana Bauer
I founded Cosplay Sewing School as a way to share my gift and love of sewing and costuming. I have been making my own clothing since I was 6 years old. Sewing is my lifelong passion, a craft I could not live without. Although I discovered cosplay later in my life, costuming has always been a passion of mine. I love how being in costume makes you feel and how cosplay gives you the freedom to express yourself in a whole new way.



Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The first lesson will be delivered October 4, 2020. The last Zoom meeting will be held November 1, 2020. You will have access to the online lessons for 1 year (October 4, 2021).
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have access to the course from October 4, 2020 to October 4, 2021.
What if I can't make the course or something comes up?
I would be happy to provide a full refund up to October 1, 2020. Once the course has begun, there are no refunds.
Will I get to work with the instructor in real time?
Yes! Every week throughout the course there will be 2 Zoom sessions for Q&A to get help. You can attend one or both. They are held on Wednesday's at 6PM Central time and Sundays at 12PM (Noon) Central time.
Do I need my own copy of Adobe Illustrator?
Yes - you will need your own copy of Adobe Illustrator CC to be able to follow along with the lessons.
Do I need to have experience using Adobe Illustrator?
Nope! You will learn all of the basics you need to know during the course.
Do I need experience in pattern drafting to be able to follow along?
Nope! You don't need to have drafted your own patterns to take this course - that is what I am teaching you!
Do I need to know how to sew garments?
Yes - you should have some basic garment sewing experience. In addition, it is assumed you have prior experience using commercial sewing patterns.

The course is limited to 20 people - so hurry to enroll!

This course is closed for enrollment.