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Topic: Any pattern drafters, Seattle or Eastside?  (Read 1501 times)
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« on: February 14, 2007 10:32:54 PM »

Hey everyone...
I have just begun my senior project class, and have decided that I would like to learn how to draft patterns since I've been buying them for awhile now. This senior project business requires a product mentor that is an expert in their field (in this case, pattern drafting) that will work with or supervise me throughout the 20+ hours. For this particular topic I think that my main option is to take a class (and so far all I can find are the Art Institute and the International Academy of Design & Technology; of both I am unsure of what they will allow a high school student to participate in...) but I was wondering if any of you here on Craftster have any ideas or people I could contact for this project.
Thank you in advance! 
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2007 10:51:05 PM »

Well I'm not an expert, but I've been looking at the classes at the New York Fashion Academy lately. Ignore the name, it is located in Ballard. They have pattern making classes that you can take for recreation. I'm sure they'd let high-schoolers take them. You might also be able to find a mentor there. Their website is

Hope that helps!
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2007 07:16:56 AM »

I just wanted to say thanks for this question & answer. I'm in Bellevue and would like to take pattern drafting myself...maybe some other classes too. Hadn't heard of the New York Fashion Academy. I'll have to take a look. Thanks again.

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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2007 07:31:35 AM »

Also try the universities and community colleges around here. Even if you can't join in on a class, people there can probably direct you to the right person. Lots of contacts at a place like UW! Good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2007 06:46:31 AM »

I'm a pattern drafter, only I draft patterns for dolls not people so I don't know that I would be of any help to you. Have been professionally drafting patterns for dolls for 6 years.   Anyway if you haven't found anyone to help you out I might could.  I live a bit further south but we could work something out if need be. 


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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2007 09:48:01 AM »

Hi there -
If you are still looking for someone, check the Apparel Design and Services Department at Seattle Central Community College.  They have a great program (I went through it) and could probably refer you to someone who would be happy to mentor you.  Students in the program have to complete quite a few hours of internship time, so they get many people offering positions.  I'm sure someone would be willing to work with a HS student.
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2007 01:52:14 PM »

My Mom was telling me about a really awesome class in Tacoma that taught how to create your own patterns. I've been trying to track it down but with no luck :-(
I'll ask her tonight and post the info Smiley
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