I was a self-taught seamstress…until now. In an effort to improve my skills, I searched Google for “sewing schools” hoping to find something in my area (online classes are great but I wanted access to a real person). My search revealed nothing close to home so I began to consider the idea of a sewing vacation. That’s when I stumbled upon The Sewing and Design School in Tacoma, Washington. It didn’t take me long to secure my spot in the moulage class by Kenneth D. King. As a Threads Magazine subscriber, I already knew and respected Kenneth’s expertise. The moulage class was exactly what I needed to reach the next level.
Moulage is a French word meaning “mold.” Couturiers often make a moulage to fit their clients and use it to draft custom patterns. I knew that if I had a moulage, I could create a bodice sloper and use it to draft custom patterns for the best fit possible. And that’s exactly what we did! Click on the photos below for details. Double click to enlarge.
My experience at The Sewing and Design School exceeded my expectations! I highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to take their skills to the next level. Ryliss Bod is the director and she teaches classes too. Find her on instagram @sewing_and_design_school. She made sure everyone had everything they needed for a productive and happy weekend. I enjoyed my time there immensely. Not only did I get to learn from the experts but I also got to see a beautiful part of the country. I sincerely cannot wait to go back. They offer a variety of classes for beginners and advanced sewers alike. You can learn from experts such as Ryliss Bod, Lynda Maynard, and Kenneth King. Check out the class schedule for updates.
In my next post, I’ll show you how Kenneth D. King used my moulage to customize my PGM dress form!