Tailoring YOUR Style

Are You the Designer?

As the first step in making pants while taking the Fitting Pants 4U Master Course co-design means setting up a cooperative working relationship and sharing the vision of the pants that fit. As a co-designer (fit-pro or pantsmaker) in training you will get the most out of the course by fitting a client or a […]

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Co-design, pin-fit, custom-grade and tailor-make beautiful pants that fit!

My head is filled with all the preparations I’m making for the newly revised pants course that starts next week on August 15th. This one will be the first one to carry the new name Fitting Pants 4U Master Course: co-design, pin-fit, custom-grade and tailor-make beautiful pants that fit! The course moves from one step […]

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It’s all about the pants… the pants… the pants

There is this song called “All About That Bass” that sings of body image in a way that I can relate. The funny thing is I got the song stuck in my head before really listening to the lyrics and knowing what it was all about. (Use this link to check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLnZ1NQm2uk.) It […]

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Perfect Pant Retreat with Pants 4U coming right up!

My friend and colleague Karen Bengtson is hosting and teaching an event she calls the Perfect Pants Retreat at Peaceful Valley Resort in Lyons, Colorado beginning on the 6th of June and ending on the 9th. Sorry you are too late to get in on this one. The retreat is full. But take heart, there […]

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Pants 4U is Born!

Last week I sent out the following announcement to SCCandA mailing list subscribers. I am continuing to share the news. Out of the past the present emerges.This pants business is taking shape and new elements are being added to the system. As the whole pants thing grows it needs a name to call its own […]

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Breaking the Silence

As summer approaches changes are happening at SCCandA.  You may have noticed I’ve taken a break from blogging. I’ve missed you! So now I’m back. I’ve been busy recording videos and updating the Master Pantsmaker training course while teaching it along with attempting to wrap up old business (i.e. pricing bridal alterations) and cooking up […]

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Alter pants when one hip is higher than the other

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As I wrap up the pilot version of the Building the Custom Pants Block master course in pants making and get ready for the next session starting up soon, I continue to help students one at a time alter their pants for a perfect fit — my favorite part! Often altering pants is met with resistance and […]

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The 5 phases in the custom clothes-making process

Dressmakers often over-simplify and under-rate a complex process. We say, “I know how to sew,” or “I sew for a living,” when what we mean is, “I design and construct custom clothing.” There are five phases in the custom clothes-making process. Each phase has an outcome that links it to the next phase. Complete each […]

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Pockets are fun to design!

Take a look at the pocket video I uploaded to my YouTube channel yesterday and imagine reshaping the pocket to give the pants an entirely different look — going from the shape marked in red to the shape marked in blue. Can you figure out how to develop the western pocket after seeing the slant […]

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Fighting for the privilege to teach pantsmaking

As I go about the hard work of marketing courses for online presentation, I’m reminded of how hard running a business can be. This sales hat I’m now wearing is uncomfortably itchy and tight. I want to toss it aside. Come on world just let me TEACH!  I am about to give up for lack […]

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