Patterning I, II, & III Webinar Series with Travis Halsey @ Halsey Onstage, Chicago [7 July]

Patterning I, II, & III Webinar Series with Travis Halsey

15:30 - 17:30

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Halsey Onstage
6361 N Broadway St, Chicago, Illinois 60660
We will be offering a three-part patterning webinar series in July! Patterning I will be on July 7th; Patterning II on July 14th; and Patterning III on July 18th. All classes will run from 3:30-5:30 P.M. CDT. You may sign up and pay for classes at

Webinar recordings will be made available for purchase after the classes. It is a better deal to pre-purchase your recording when you sign up as a bundle deal! You also have the option to take all three courses or only one or two!

** $49 U.S. per course, or $124 for the three-part series
** $75 U.S. per course with recording, or $200 for the series with recordings


«We will be cruising through the basics of drafting a women's and men's basic sloper, or body block. We will change the style and design of the basic sloper to create different looks. We will also draft a sleeve to fit the sloper and then look at the different ways to alter and manipulate the sleeve, such as adding fullness, changing length, and learning a few historical sleeves. We will draft a standing and Peter Pan collar to also fit the basic block. In addition, we will draft a basic pant and skirt block and look at ways to alter them both.

To those new to flat patterning, there are many steps that we call „just-because steps.“ The first time you're doing this, parts will look or seem weird. The best method will be to observe and absorb during the webinars. This will be my 15th year of teaching this material, so having done this a lot, I know people have had much more success with it by not overthinking the process. I would encourage that if you're thinking about taking one part, to just take them all. Each day ideas will start to be more familiar and make more sense with repetition and building upon the basics. I've always told students of flat patterning that there will be a moment when they have their patterning epiphany! It's usually after the class is over. There will be a moment when it all clicks, and you can pattern anything you imagine!

In this class we will not be draping on a dress form. We will be using a more theatrical mode known as flat patterning. We will specifically be using the system developed by Rosemary Ingham and Liz Covey. If you're interested in draping, this is the perfect building block and foundation. It's easier to drape a complicated shape if you understand the basics of creating shapes flat with math and modification first. I always suggest learning flat patterning before draping. They do pair very well, and the most successful patternmakers utilize both techniques.

We strongly suggest everyone taking this course secure their very own copy of „The Costume Technician's Handbook“ by Rosemary Ingham and Liz Covey. It has everything you will need for the course and beyond. There are several editions on Amazon-- the older one with the green on the cover is my favorite, but there's no difference between them in the pattern drafting!

After taking this webinar, you could further your flat patterning knowledge bank with the system developed by Helen Joseph Armstrong-- it is also available in book form.

If people with to work along in class with me, know that you will need to work very quickly! I would strongly suggest to purchase the option with the recording, since this way you can observe the fist time you see it, and ask questions. Then you can rewatch and work along as many times as you would like. We will be covering an entire college semester's worth of info in only 6 hours!

I will work in both full and half scale. The half scale will be used in an effort to easily show people more material in a quicker fashion. We will soon post the measurements I will be using, so if you're planning to work along, you can use the same numbers. We will get that out information to you within the next week!

If you're aiming to work along (or just to work after the class), you'll need the following supplies:

Patterning paper (we just use a roll of craft paper!), pencils, paper scissors, tape, a few rulers both straight and curved (I will likely use a 6x24 inch quilt ruler also), and a copy of „The Costume Technician's Handbook“ in any edition by Rosemary Ingham and Liz Covey.

To break it down even further, here is what will be covered in each class:

Patterning 1

** Making the basic men's and women's body block and making changes to the basic slopers (body block)
** Moving darts, changing seams and style lines
** I will show an adjustment I make to the system in the book to line up the waist of the front and back body blocks to make altering easier.
** Also in part one, I will show you how to continue the method to add a high hip into the body block, which is perfect for making theatrical and ballet bodices.

Patterning 2

** Sleeves and collars
** Making a basic sleeve block and modifying it into a two-piece sleeve, then examine adding sleeve fullness.
** Historical sleeves
** We will also draft both a basic standing collar and a Peter Pan Collar-- a collar that leaves the neck, raises up, and returns to the garment (a collar with a roll line)

Patterning 3

** We will make a basic pant block and a skirt block
** I will make modifications to both using the same principals from class parts one and two

Thank you, and we hope to see you in the patterning webinar soon! You may sign up at Make sure you use both the PayPal link to pay and sign up with GoToWebinar so you get the link to join the webinar. If you are taking all three parts, make sure you sign up on all three GoToWebinar links for access!»

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