Brooks Ann Camper first learned to sew as an adult working in professional costume workshops. After an internship at Yale School of Drama, and an MFA in Costume Production from UNC, she moved to NYC where she worked as a Broadway milliner for productions such as Wicked and Mama Mia!, and sewing for celebrities from Boy George to Big Bird – including Bernadette Peters, Felicia Rashaad, Kristen Chenoweth, John Lithgow, Sean Combs, The Undertaker, the Rockettes…
When she left New York and started her own business as a custom wedding dressmaker, she began blogging the process as each one-of-a-kind dress was designed and created. She realized that she was getting as much interest from “sewing people” as from “brides” and started teaching her unique methods of custom sewing. She absolutely loves sharing her passion with kindred spirits!
I have never completed a garment from a commercial pattern, and I’m not a “math person”. Yet I’ve been creating high-end custom-made garments from self-drafted patterns professionally for 20 years!
I know relatively little about for-manufacture fashion industry methods or home-sewing methods that use commercial patterns. I skipped all that and I went straight into “couture”. And you can too!
Creating custom garments has its own wonderful specialized process that I find really exciting. I think that if I had learned to sew clothing along more traditional learning path, I might have never stuck with it.
Though I now have a Masters degree in Costume Construction and years of professional experience, (not only in costuming, but with my own custom couture wedding dress business) I’m always learning. I honestly just love what I do! And, I’ve got a down-to-earth, inclusive, nerdy, thoughtful way of sharing methods that I’ve learned and developed over the years. At least that’s what my students tell me! Read more of their words here.
In Skirt Skills, you’ll be thoroughly introduced to each step of the custom process- while hand crafting the custom-fit skirt of your dreams. You’ll also create reusable tools for your custom sewing future.
A follow up to Skirt Skills – get some new experience under your belt by creating your own custom-fit trousers and jeans.
A follow up to Skirt Skills – gain some upper body strength as you learn to map your top half and craft custom-fit tops that are tops!
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Saturday July 29, 2023
at ~10am ET
Class size is limited.
Orientation starts August 16, 2023
(This will be the final 2023 intro session- and your last chance to earn your prerequisite before I offer my pants course.)
Work with the optional 6 week schedule OR anytime at your own slower pace with forever access