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1770 W. Berteau Avenue, Suite #409

Chicago, IL 60613




© 2013-2018 Halsey Onstage, LLC.

Flat Patterning. 5 day Course


Introduction to Patterning and Patterning Development
Instructor: Travis Halsey

We will cover several semesters worth of material in a short time.

This class will explore the flat patterning method devised in professional costume shops. Flat patterning makes the assumption that no matter what fashion silhouette the design requires, the basic goal-- to manipulate flat cloth to conform to the contours of the human body-- remains constant. We will make a basic men’s body block for measurements and turn it into a period men’s vest. Then we will develop a woman’s basic body block, sleeve block and skirt block. Next we will convert your ladies blocks into a complete early victorian look.  Depending on students grasp, proficiency we may work in half scale, full scale, or both.  Travis will asses and modify as we work along.   We will supply pattern paper, basic rulers, and muslin.


Everyone grasps the patterning concepts at different speeds.  Travis will be demonstrating above and beyond what is covered in most texts.  If you get lost, don't worry.  Some of this comes in the night as an AHH HAA moment, or in a few months you will have the patterning epiphany and you can pattern anything.


Flat patterning skill will improve your sewing skill.

We recomend it for everyone!


We will have the shop available a couple hours each evening, if folks wish to tinker after hours.