Pants Perfectˢᵐ

Artisan Sewing Classes Presents:

Pants Perfectˢᵐ

2-day workshop – choose from the following dates: 

2017 classes coming soon!!!

Basic sewing skills are needed for this course.

Do you have a difficult time finding pants that fit you correctly? Have you ever had a problem trying to achieve a decent fit from a store bought pattern?  Do your pants gap in the back or bind when sitting?  Are they too baggy?  Do you have difficulty fitting the hip area?

Help is here!!! There are a couple of ways to resolve these pesky situations – either by draping or by using your own measurements to make a sloper.

In this class, you will learn to draft a pants sloper from your own measurements that will ensure a great fit every time. Each day will start out with a lecture followed by hands on exercises designed to help you create a pants sloper that FITS YOU.

People often ask what the difference is between a sloper and a pattern.  The best explanation is that the sloper is a draft of a garment that fits with a minimum of wear ease and has no design ease at all – in other words, it should be like a second skin.  The sloper also has no seam allowances and any design changes, design ease, wear ease and seam allowances are added to the sloper in order to create the pattern.  Once the pants sloper is done, you can then make changes to create pleated trousers, slacks, jeans, pedal pushers, capris, culottes, shorts, Jamaica shorts or Bermuda shorts.

Day 1 – Creating a Pants Sloper

In this lecture portion of this class, you will learn about drafting tools, specifics on terminology and the best way to take your measurements.  It is difficult to take measurements on yourself, so as part of the lecture, you will practice this skill on each other.  Not only is this a great way to get accurate measurements for yourself, you will also become aware of specific fit issues that can be addressed at this time.  Please wear a leotard or close fitting clothing for the class.

During the second half of day 1, using your own measurements, you will draft a sloper to fit yourself using the drafting tools of the trade.  Supply your own tools (a list will be provided upon registration) or purchase them on site.

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Day 2– Perfecting Your Pants Sloper and the Commercial Pattern

The second day of this class will be spent creating a muslin and perfecting your sloper so that you can then use it to make design changes.  (Muslin also refers to the type of inexpensive fabric used to make the mock-up for your fitting session).  In this part of the class, we will address questions such as wear ease, length and proportion, dart placement and discuss how to make a pattern from the sloper.  Remember, the pattern must not only include the pants pattern pieces, but also any facing, lining, interfacing and miscellaneous pieces as well.  We will also examine a store bought pants pattern from Fit for Art Patterns™ and work up  the fit.

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You will come away with a personalized fit prescription for this pattern and will be able to compare the lines of the pattern with the sloper that you developed on day one.  Based on the lessons learned during the process of building your personal pants sloper, this process enables you to develop a discriminating eye for the fit of commercial patterns.  You will also be able to take design ideas from commercial patterns and superimpose them on your sloper for a great fit and a great looking pair of pants.



Choose from the following:

Friday, January 8, 2016 and Saturday, January 9, 2016 (class over)
Saturday, April 16, 2016 and Sunday, April 17, 2016 (class over)
Friday, July 22, 2016 and Saturday, July 23, 2106 (class over)

Time and Class fee:  Two days – $540.00

First day only and first day lecture only also available.  Register below or call 540-992-2127 for more information about this option.

Your supply list will be sent to you after you register.

Materials and kits that are bought on site, where applicable, are made payable on the first day of workshop.


If you would like to pay by check, please call 540-992-2127 to let me know and
mail full amount to:

Catrina Fashions, LLC at P. O. Box 35, Troutville, VA  24175.
See class fee and cancellation policy below information about the instructor.


Location: Studios of Catrina Fashions, LLC
5995 Lee Highway, Troutville, VA 24175

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For more information about the class and how to register, please contact:
Genevieve Journell at:
Catrina Fashions
P. O. Box 35
Troutville, VA 24175

Call: 540-992-2127

About Your Instructor:

Genevieve Journell

View Genevieve’s bio and philosophy on the About Page. If you would like to continue with design work or additional pattern work on a one-on-one basis, Genevieve is available for private sewing classes/coaching.


Early registration is encouraged to secure space in class as well as ensure minimum registration. Class minimums and maximums vary – if the minimum for a class is not met 14 days before the class start date, the class must be cancelled. If the class fills, a waiting list will be established. Please wait for class confirmation before making travel plans other than booking a hotel room. Intent to register may be made by calling (540) 992-2127.  Register by check or by credit card via Paypal button.  Please note that payment or deposit must be received before registration is confirmed.  See each class page for registration details pertinent to that specific class.

Class Fee Policy:

Class requires a payment via check or credit card at time of registration.  If you would like to pay by check, please call 540-992-2127 and the registration form and class invoice will be emailed to you.  There is a $35.00 fee for returned check.  Materials and kit fees, where applicable, are made payable on the day of class.

Cancellation/Transfer Policy:

A 5% transaction fee applies to all class cancellations and transfers.  No refunds or makeups for missed classes.  To receive a refund (less the 5% transaction fee) for a cancelled registration, notification by student must be given 14 days prior to the class start date.  If cancellation occurs within the 14 days prior to the class, the amount paid will be applied toward a future class.  In the event Catrina Fashions, LLC must cancel a class, the student may choose to have a full refund by check or applied to a future class. Catrina Fashions, LLC’s liability for refunds shall be limited to the amount of the portion of the registration fee paid by the student.

Release policy:

The student acknowledges the company may publish their name and photographs, and/or videos taken of their likeness, for use the the company’s print, online and video-based marketing materials, as well as other company publications.  The company is released and held harmless from any reasonable expectation of privacy or confidentiality associated with the images specified above.  The student further acknowledges that class participation is voluntary and that same will not receive financial compensation of any type associated with the taking or publication of these likenesses or participation in company marketing materials or other company publications and acknowledges and agrees that publication of said likeness confers no rights of ownership or royalties whatsoever.  The student hereby releases the company, its contractors, its employees, and any third parties involved in the creation or publication of marketing materials, from liability for any claims by same or any third party in connection with class participation.


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