As a beginner, learn to design, draft, create, and complete custom-fit skirts with the personal help and guidance of instructor Brooks Ann Camper and an online community of classmates.
Skirt Skills is a comprehensive course designed for those with non-standard figures who are beginners to garment sewing or looking for a fresh start. My unconventional custom sewing and pattern-drafting methods do not reference any ‘industry standards.’ All bodies and all skill levels are welcome!
Want to skip (or ditch) learning to alter the standardized sizing of someone else’s design? And learn how to use your unique figure and style as the starting point for your own custom-fit creations?
Including very personal support and feedback, 15+ hours of pre-recorded videos, worksheets, bonus links, and hands-on exercises. Work with your classmates or at your own slower pace.
View or download all videos & lesson content on the course website anytime, anywhere.
Individual & personalized support from Brooks Ann for each student (especially helpful those less inclined to share in a group or working at their own pace!)
Join a private Facebook Group where you can connect and share with your instructor and classmates at any time.
Work personally with Brooks Ann in real-time, both online or in-person.
matching your silhouette to "try on" your ideas before sewing.
Use your block as a template to create future custom-fit patterns.
of your own design and fit to your body, plus the skills to create many more.
A one-of-a-kind Size-You garment, hand crafted by you following the custom sewing process.
Create a notebook filled with notes, swatches, sewing samples, sketches, and design inspirations to reference in future projects.
Learn your way around pattern drafting, fitting, design, and construction of custom garments, from start to finish.
As a Skirt Skills graduate, you're ready for follow-up courses to create custom pants and tops in Smarty Pants and Top Class.
Skirt Skills for adults with a passion to learn to create custom clothing for themselves. No previous pattern drafting, design, or garment sewing experience is required. Though having basic skills using sewing, measuring, and drafting tools will be helpful, Skirt Skills is an Intro course appropriate for motivated beginners as well as more experienced makers looking for a new approach or a fresh start. It was designed as a comprehensive beginner course for women with non-standard figures, but all skill levels and bodies are welcome.
Unsure if you’re a good fit? I encourage you to also read the dozens of student testimonials from absolute beginners to those with decades of experience and/or email me directly: email@example.com.
(Though there's no limit to where this journey will take you,) Probably not. This intro curriculum teaches how to make one-of-a-kind custom clothing for yourself. Fashion methods or advice on sewing for others are not included.
To learn more about custom methods vs. fashion methods, check out this blog post.
Yes and no! Many former students have successfully customized what they’ve learned in my courses to create custom clothes for other individuals. My business and blog are about sewing for others, but this intro course does not include sewing for bodies other than your own. It’s all about you.
One of the (many) advantages of sewing for yourself is that you have 24/7 access to your body and your personal preferences. I developed the methods in my intro eCourses with this specifically in mind, as a focused way to walk you through my custom processes for the first time. Exploring someone else’s body and personal preferences, while simultaneously learning so many other new things, will likely be more advanced and time-consuming. Staying focused on yourself as you get started has lots of advantages!
Nope! Learning to sew from sizes/commercial patterns is a different process (one I never learned!).
The next session of Skirt Skills opens for Orientation on March 24, 2021. Lessons will begin posting the following day. Enrollees can work along with the optional 6-week schedule or at your own pace. Access does not expire.
Due to the personalized nature of the course, space is limited and the course often sells out quickly. (The fastest a session has sold out was in only 20 minutes!)
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The full comprehensive 6 week course, with 30 days of instruction, 15+ hours of videos, limited class size, a community of classmates, high interaction, very personal support and feedback, and unlimited ongoing access currently has a registration rate of $315.
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Skirt Skills is a virtual course and you can participate from anywhere at any time! Though nothing happens “live”, I aim to provide as close to an in-person experience as possible with added benefits of working at your own pace in your own space. You choose when you want to share or keep to yourself.
If you ever feel like you need extra help, questions can be asked and answered anytime privately with me via email or in our private Facebook Group. I will also be available for Skype/Zoom/FaceTime and In-Studio Office Hours during the course.
Access to the course content and teacher support does not expire. Use the 6 week schedule as motivation or customize your own pace and take as long as you’d like. In custom sewing, slow and steady wins the race!
Each weekday, Monday through Friday, you will receive an email with a link to the day’s lessons in the online classroom. You can log in, view, and download the lessons at any time. Once a lesson is published, enrollees enjoy unlimited ongoing access. You are more than welcome to work at your own slower pace, without following the optional daily 6 week schedule. Take all year, if you need to!
All you will need is an updated computer or device with high speed internet access so that you can stream and download videos.
If you’d like to interact with your classmates, most group conversations will happen in our private Facebook Group. The Facebook Group is a supportive learning resource that I’d love for you to be a part of, but joining is completely optional. All you need to join is a free personal Facebook profile. Though it is a friendly environment, there is no need to “friend” anyone or to visit any other part of Facebook.
There will also be non-required feedback opportunities using Skype. Visit skype.com to learn more, set up a free account, and/or view its requirements.
You will receive a couple of hours of content from me each week of the optional schedule; an average of 35 minutes of pre-recorded video per weekday over 6 weeks. Some students will work through the content more quickly, and others will spend more time. Nothing is required and setting your own pace is highly encouraged, but if you’d like to keep with the optional schedule, I would think you’d want to set aside at least 4-8 hours each week to complete the lessons, experiment, and practice – approximately the same amount of time you’d spend in a similar in-person course (minus the commute).
With unlimited ongoing access, you are more than welcome to work at your own slower pace without following the optional daily 6 week time frame. Take a year, if you need to!
Nope. We are starting from scratch. I want you to gain the skills to make choices and complete tasks on your own, without having to rely on someone else’s work in order to create yours. I’ll be a resource as long as you need me and then set you free to take control your own wardrobe!
I hear ya. I am not a "math person", so the methods I’ve created for Skirt Skills eliminate the need for a lot of the calculations/ fractions/ formulas/ charts that you may have encountered in other drafting systems or sewing projects.
We will not use any standardized numbers. We will use critical thinking, common sense, and non-standard methods for our non-standard bodies. It’s actually not that hard and can be a lot of fun!
In my blog post “Two Myths of Learning to Make Your Own Sewing Patterns”, I discuss this further.
I’ve created a list with everything you will need for the class. You may find that you already have a version of many of the tools we’ll use. In both the supplies and the techniques, I’ll often share professional options as well as easy DIY alternatives. You can also watch th video lesson discussing the tools and supplies and what we’ll be doing with them.
If you have questions about supplies, email me: Email@BrooksAnn.com
In our first lesson, we will discuss fabrics. During the first few weeks of the course, while we are designing, drafting, and fitting mockups, I’ll share fun “Fabric of the Day” videos. As the course progresses, you’ll have time to shop, order, or choose your skirt fabric from your own stash with guidance from me and the other students.
No. In this class we will be learning Flat Pattern Drafting techniques to create a custom fit. I plan to teach Draping (patterning using a dress form) in a future class.
Not specifically, though you will be learning the foundations (and gaining the course prerequisites) needed to create these custom garments in the future.
In Skirt Skills, you will get a comprehensive introduction to all of the processes and basic techniques for custom garment creation by learning Flat Pattern to create Skirts. I offer follow-up courses that build upon this foundation for custom Pants and Tops. Each set of lessons builds upon the one before as you slowly take your sewing and patternmaking skills to higher and higher levels.
If you aren't a "skirt person", (you may be surprised when you try one that truly fits you and/or) keep in mind that the skirt block will be the custom-fit starting point for the top of your pants and/or the bottom of your tops and dresses!
But more importantly, you'll be learning and practicing all the steps of the custom process during Skirt Skills.
It’s great to have someone to physically help you take your measurements and help with fitting, especially if you have physical limitations that might prevent you from putting your body in awkward positions.
That said, I know that it’s not always possible to rely on someone else. The methods in Skirt Skills will be shown with Do-It-Yourself options and I can be your “virtual” buddy, along with everyone else in the class! Email me. Skype with me. Stop by the studio. Share in the Facebook Group. It is great to have a buddy!
All of the videos and course materials will remain on the private Course Site indefinitely and, as an enrolled member, you will have unlimited ongoing access. The videos and worksheets are also available for you to download and store offline. No worries if you happen to be traveling or end up being too busy while the course is running. Review portions of the class over and over every time you make a new skirt for years to come!
The Facebook Group can also remain active for as long as members want to continue to share and support each other. Previous Groups are still active with members enjoying the intimate sewing community they’ve created!
Email me at Email@BrooksAnn.com
In Part 1, we’ll get warmed up by collecting inspirations and learning my easy “Size-You” sketch method to virtually “try on” the garments you dream up. You’ll also be introduced to the custom process and learn a lot about fabrics.
In Part 2, we will delve deep into learning and practicing all sorts of theory about bodies and measurements as we each draft our own personally-sized skirt block
In Part 3, we’ll create a mockup (sometimes called a muslin or a toile) of our skirt block. In this part of the custom process you’ll be introduced to layout, marking, cutting, hand sewing, machine sewing, and pressing techniques for custom garments. We will then tackle and take the mystery out of achieving a great fit!
In Part 4, we will practice our pattern drafting skills. Using our corrected and perfected block, I’ll show you dozens of design variations that you can mix-and-match to create patterns of our own design. You'll design your first custom skirt and draft your first custom pattern.
In Part 5, you’ll construct your skirt from your own pattern! As I create three skirts on camera, we will all delve deep into layout, marking, cutting, pinning, sewing, and fitting custom garments. Together we will work through mix-and-match finishing techniques to complete all the steps of the custom process and your unique custom skirt. The course wraps up with a review of all we've learned and accomplished, as well as references and inspirations for where to take your skills next.
By this time, you will need the materials for your first custom skirt. During the previous weeks of the class, we will discuss and help pick out and purchase exactly what you are going to use.
Here is most likely what you will need:
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The next 6-week (or self-paced) session starts in January 2021.
Class size is limited and often sells out quickly! Your best bet to snag a spot (and to learn about any special offers) is to join the Skirt Skills Mailing List.
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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.