Pattern Making


This course will explore the basics of flat patternmaking - the tools, features, and best practices -for creating pattern pieces from an existing, favorite garment, for the purposes of recreating it.

Several options for taking a ‘rub-off’ will be discussed. Once the basic shapes are traced onto paper, the outlines will be transformed  into useful, working patterns.

No previous patternmaking or sewing experience is necessary. Please note that we will not be sewing the new garments during this class. However, basic guidance will be offered regarding construction options, so that students will leave empowered to begin creating the clothes of their dreams.

In our final session, we will investigate pattern manipulation methods. These are maneuvers on paper that enable a pattern maker to retain the same good fit but update the styling.

We suggest bringing a relatively simple, but sentimental garment from which you would like to work.


Class I: Saturday November 9
Class II: Saturday November 16
Class III: Saturday November 23
Time:  10am - 1pm
Location: TATTER Blue Library, 505 Carroll Street Suite 2B, Brooklyn NY 11215
Cost: $300 (Class Package - 3 Sessions)*
What To Bring: All materials are provided in this course. We suggest however, bringing a relatively simple, but sentimental garment from which you would like to work.

*Special Note: Students are required to take all three sessions of Pattern Making; (Classes I - III) to get an in depth understanding of the practice. Please keep this in mind when signing up!


Our Teacher: Louisa Owen Sonstroem


Louisa Owen Sonstroem believes there is little more powerful than working with one's hands, because manual skills are empowering, enduring, and slow. Whether she is drafting sewing patterns with a pencil and paper, hand-sewing "slow fashion" clothing, or foraging wild plant fibers to spin on a drop spindle, Louisa relishes using primitive tools in sophisticated ways.

Louisa holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and an additional degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she studied patternmaking and fashion design. She also studied patterns at RISD and MassArt. She has worked in the garment industry for several years, most recently in technical design for Macy’s and now Eileen Fisher. During her time at Macy’s she also ran a weekly employee mending workshop, building skills, community, and sustainable momentum.

You can find Louisa on Instagram @louisaowensonstroem.