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Designing Your Wardrobe: Drafting the Tailored Jacket or Coat
Designing Your Wardrobe: Drafting the Tailored Jacket or Coat
Suzy Furrer
Draft a pattern for a sophisticated jacket or coat with customizable details.
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Expand your patternmaking prowess. Arm your wardrobe with custom style as you draft a collection of perfect-fitting sleeves for blouses, dresses, jackets and coats.
Suzy Furrer
Suzy Furrer
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Go beyond the sloper and draft your own top patterns!
Suzy Furrer
Suzy Furrer
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Design desirable, original garments by manipulating darts and silhouettes. Create tops, dresses, jackets and more with inspired looks that ready-to-wear can't touch.
Suzy Furrer
Suzy Furrer
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Designing Your Wardrobe: Drafting the Tailored Jacket or Coat