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Alter & Sew Private Session May 12, 1-3 pm

You will alter a pattern*, cut and sew a muslin, fit, and transfer alterations back to the pattern for a custom fitted garment.

* This is really important - upper body patterns should be sized by the bust measurement. lower body patterns should be sized by the hip measurement.

Commercial patterns (Simplcity, Vogue, McCalls, Kwik Sew, Butterick, Burda, New Look) are easier to use, all of the information is printed on them for alterations and they have seam allowances. 

If you choose an independent pattern, be prepared to make more than one muslin.  Many independent patterns do not have the apex or the waistline marked, and some have no seam allowances.  If you use a CAD program to make your pattern, your body measurements need to be accurate. 

If you plan to alter a pant pattern, be prepared to make several muslins.
Skill Level:
Skill Details:
Advanced Beginner
Materials Included:
Sewing Machine, Tape, drafting rulers, tape measure.
Patterns, muslin for projects, sewing tools and the ability to sew the muslin between sessions.
Instructor Name:
Ryliss Bod
Instructor Bio:
Ryliss Bod is the Founder and Director of the Sewing & Design School and has extensive experience teaching Fashion Construction and Design at a Washington State Technical College. She instructed courses for both continuing education and career training in all levels of sewing construction, home décor construction, fashion accessory construction, fashion design, fitting & pattern alterations, pattern-making, textiles, history of fashion and quilting.

She received her teaching degree in K-12 grades and studied art, clothing and textiles at Central Washington University, pattern-making and CAD at Gerber Technology, fashion design at the Paris Fashion Institute, pattern-making and construction techniques with Kenneth D. King and countless others.

Throughout her career she developed workshops and fashion shows, hired instructors and conducted fashion and fabric shopping field trips to Portland, San Francisco and New York. Ryliss has been a Contributing Editor at Sew News Magazine, Threads Magazine, judge for the 2014 RAGS Benefit, Make it With Wool and the Washington State 4-H Dress Revue and host of Instagram's Sew Photo Challenge #sewApril2017 - #sewapril2020.. She may be contacted at

Alter & Sew Private Session May 12, 1-3 pm

$ 300.00
4 hours of private lessons