Publishing a winning pattern starts with having an awesome idea, and I’m sure you have notebooks full of them! But a great idea is just the beginning. You need technical skills to back up that creativity. And a proven system to help you avoid getting stuck along the way. I created Design Lab to give you all that and more.
While I was preparing this course, I laid out every step I take to bring my ideas from thought into reality and I counted over 20 individual actions! So if you’ve ever attempted designing on your own and felt overwhelmed, don’t feel down! Designing your first garment is thrilling but it can be a daunting process, especially your first time through. Now, imagine what it would be like having input from a pro to help you take your ideas from being thoughts into real, wearable garments.
I’ll answer your questions with a few more: Have you knit a sweater? Altered an existing design for yourself or others? Tested a pattern for another designer? If so, then you’re in a great spot to attempt your first sweater design.
I’ll cover this in the course itself. And as a bonus, you’ll also receive my Trends and You workshop to help you start noticing the inspiration that’s floating by you every day. This workshop is all about how to use trends (or not!) in a way that’s authentic to you.
Yes, but it’s not the focus. The focus of Design Lab is just that: Design. You’re often making design decisions while you grade and grading decisions while you design. Such is the cyclical nature of design development. This course includes a pattern grading module, but it doesn’t go nearly as deep as Pattern Grading Bootcamp.
That’s ok, some of the most talented designers I know are bad at drawing. I’m being totally serious! Plus, there are plenty of other ways to get your vision across, drawing is just one of them.
By the end of these eight weeks, you will have a finished pattern that will be ready for technical editing and testing. After that, we switch to bi-weekly group coaching sessions so you can continue your growth with the support you need to become the confident designer you’ve always wanted to be.
Yes, all live sessions will be recorded and made available to students for repeat viewings.
At least one year, but likely more. Technology changes, so I can’t promise forever. The only reason you would lose access is if I move the course hosting, and I don’t have plans to do that.
I haven’t decided yet, but probably spring 2024.
Yes, but the focus of Design Lab is design. You often make design decisions while you grade and grading decisions while you design. Such is the cyclical nature of design development. This course teaches students the basics of grading patterns in an inclusive size range, but it doesn’t go nearly as deep on the topic of sizing as Pattern Grading Bootcamp.
At this time I’m not planning on including lessons on accessory construction. But I wouldn’t rule it out for future versions of Design Lab. The other modules will definitely be helpful to you though.
Yes! The fundamentals of designing a garment are craft agnostic.
Yes, I’m happy to have you!