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Laura Volpintesta, Fashion Illustration Tribe

I want to see you come out of your shell! All of those ideas in your head....I'm here to give you the tools, one by one, to bring them out onto paper, in an encouraging environment that meets you one your schedule. I want you to feel safe to create as you grow into your confidence in a playful, exploring, deep way to know what fashion students are learning in my classes for 20 years now at the best fashion schools, but without the debt and pressure. This is where you can get empowered in a place where you are in the driver's seat, and what you feel, think, know and are curious about matters as you develop your unique style and voice to share with the world....or even just for yourself. I want you to never be afraid of a blank piece of paper again....... xoxo Laura

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About this course


Welcome to a place where you can feel comfortable and relaxed as you take in a wealth of information to orient you into the ABCs of garment construction and creation from your heart! I know and believe that when you feel comfortable and safe, you are much more open to absorb and embody the lessons and my whole reason for BEING is to facilitate that process for YOU.  

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  • Are you eager to go behind the scenes and find out what goes into making a fashion pattern?
  • Do you want to become more  knowledgeable, capable, experienced?

Understanding  pattern making principles.   will change the way you think about clothes, the way you make or draw them, talk about them, and analyze them. 

(there are THREE free video lessons on this page!)

Remember when purchasing there are no refunds on my digital products.  Slow down and make sure that you are ready to dive into this experience before enrolling!

****ALSO NOTE this is not only a course, but you will get two 1:1 calls with me privately to consult on your project gartment that culminates the course!



Patternmaking is a language. 

It's kind of like a puzzle.

You want the pieces to fit together so you can assemble and wear them.

While it can seems intimidating at the beginning, 

Patternmaking TOTALLY "FIGURE-OUTABLE!" and you can get "in" on it.

I used commercial patterns before I went to fashion school at Parsons as a design student

and I first learned to sew from them. 

I was so frustrated by all that delicate tissue paper and zillions of mysterious  markings, 


So though It was a great way to learn to sewing basics ,...

Once I finally took patternmaking, as a fashion student, it totally changed the game for me. 

I never bought a paper pattern again.

(if anything, I would buy clothes and make my own patterns from THEM, and also make changes to them as I wanted).


 Just even the first few lesson modules alone will change the way you see patterns and clothes FOREVER!
Why not check out one of these sample lessons, and see for yourself?




You don't  need to have a pattern studio or large space to work in.

You can do the exercises at 1/4 scale at your own desk or lap if you prefer.

EACH MODULE of Patternmaking Demystified course  INCLUDES

  • 90 mins/week of videos- instruction of techniques and theories to be creative and techy!. 
  • Resource links for tools, website, books..
  • Real life examples of garments using the techniques.
  • Pattern drafts explained and tried on.
  • Exercises/Practice/ Assignments for YOU to create and share.
  • Discussion areas. give and get feedback, ask and share!
  • Information and Inspiration!
  • Research suggestions for design ideas 

Many pattern classes go over your head.

if you look at a pattern book, all you see is symbols and measurements.  It isn't about putting "exactly 1/4 " there or here".  it's also about WHY and HOW you use an amount of space.  What you need  is a human being to break it down so you understand WHY you want a half inch here, a 1/4 inch there.

It's about understanding,

it's about knowing how it all goes together to create your own.  We all deserve to learn this basic language and how it works behind the scenes to make or modify a pattern.  It helps if you already sew, to take this course,, but the course is for everyone who WANTS TO KNOW MORE.   Don't be fooled by this sale price, the course is LOADED with information for you to be empowered, free, creative  and wise in garment-making and problem-solving.

 I'm Laura Volpintesta,

I'll introduce myself, more down the page, ,  but then back to YOU-- this class is about YOU!

I'm a fashion designer  and educator  who's been teaching at Parsons School of Design since 1997 in both draping, construction and sewing in BFA program, as well as Illustration, model drawing, portfolio and concept development on campus and online!

Patternmaking was the very first class I taught when I was invited to teach at Parsons, It was a six hour studio class that met 30 weeks (two semesters).  That's 180 hours of fashion patternmaking! The next few years I was teaching a class of the same length that was Construction and Draping.

I'm  also a Craftsy/Bluprint  instructor/course creator  with a course called Designing Fashion Flats -and also created Parsons' very  first online fashion studio course in 2008!  My books are available on Amazon. The Language of Fashion Design: 26 Principles Every Fashion Designer Should Know and co-author of the Fashion Designer's Reference and Specification book.

I'm a single mom and Fashion Illustration Tribe is my dream to create fashion courses like the university ones but make them available to creatives everywhere, even if they need to be home with their kids or studying after work,  I want to connect and inspire and create with you  so that you can learn all of the tools my teachers taught me.

I'm also passionate about body positivity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of fashion. DESIGN FOR WHO YOU WANT TO DESIGN FOR. PERIOD.

I love to create, innovate, craft and express.

I know you do too. Curiosity brought you to learning and growing!  If you've landed on this page, you're someone who wants to know more.  You want to MAKE! You want to fit. You want to know how things are put together, really.  You're someone who wants to bring your amazing ideas out of your head and into the world!

Would you like to learn

  • How, why,  and where to use notches?
  • How and where to use and add seam allowances.
  • How to create curves and lines confidently. on armholes, waistlines, hemlines, side seams?
  • Pinning techniques.
  • Learn the names of the elements of fashion and garment construction.
  • Facings, waistbands, sleeves, collars, and plackets...., I'll walk you through the building blocks show you the what, the why,   and the how so you can take off on your own discoveries.

We'll cover

  •  the straight grain and bias, and darted bodice and skirt and sleeve fitted slopers.
  • moving the darts.... and / or turning them into gathers, flares, or pleats.
  • how to understand marking/ labelling, seam allowances and notches.
  • create curves and lines with confidence.
  • drafting and designing for pockets, plackets, cuffs, and waistbands. 
  • some collars, yokes and shirt button-plackets. 
  • practicing and learning the rules for facings and necklines, armholes.

After working with me, you'll 

  1. understand facings, darts, notches, markings, seam allowance, grainlines... in a way that is going to have you speaking and understanding confidently. 
  2. have experience under your belt from testing out techniques in the exercises. 
  3. be able to make fit adjustments and creative variations on patterns with know-how that understands how adjustments affect a basic pattern. 
  4. have a workbook of drafts that you've already tried on 1/4 scale. 
  5. know the names for things and how they are "built".  

Imagine not being "in the dark" any more about patterns. You'll be able to create patterns from a lot of your  (or your client's) favorite fitting garments, too!



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