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Big News Part Two: I’m Teaching at!

Okay, okay, I know this isn’t BIG news since most of you who follow me on Instagram already know about this. And since I’ve mentioned it in a couple of my Facebook groups, this is probably not even that exciting anymore.

BUT YOU GUYS! I am teaching a master course at! EXCITING, right?! And I finally have all the nitty-gritty details to share with you! Logo

The course is called Digital Pattern Design with Adobe Illustrator, and it’s a little bit different than my Pattern Workshop course since it’s specifically targeted to women who want to design their own patterns (not necessarily to sell). It will go more in-depth into the creation of blocks and will include detailed instructions and calculations for creating the following:

  • Close-fitting bodice/sleeve block (wovens)
  • Close-fitting body/sleeve block (knits)
  • Simple trouser block (wovens)
  • Tailored skirt block (wovens)

Unlike Pattern Workshop, however, it will not include any of the videos on marketing, selling, creating illustrations or putting together pattern instructions in InDesign. It WILL include how to tile and grade patterns digitally. The course begins July 28 and runs eight weeks. The cost is $129 (a STEAL for the amount of information contained!), and you can register and see more details here!

In the first session, students will learn the ins and outs of Adobe Illustrator as it applies to patternmaking. Next, I’ll show you how to create Google Sheets that help you to easily calculate all the measurements you’ll need for the block creation process. Then, we’ll create four blocks that can be used to build a whole library of blocks based on your own measurements so you can quickly and easily create your own patterns right from your computer. You’ll be able to apply the knowledge learned during the creation of those four blocks to create all kinds of blocks – outerwear, easy-fitting clothing, lingerie, activewear, etc.

Pretty snazzy, eh?! Just imagine seeing an outfit in a magazine or on Pinterest, and then re-creating it in pattern form right on your laptop/desktop computer! And sewing it that same day! 

Once that’s done, the fun really begins. I’ll show you how to use Illustrator’s tools to modify basic blocks for an infinite number of styles. And finally, we’ll add seam allowances and tile the patterns for at-home printing. I KNOW. I’ll even show you how to grade your pattern into other sizes in case you fancy that sort of thing. (And the editors at tell me you do!)

If you don’t have any experience drafting patterns or using Illustrator, don’t sweat it. I recommend purchasing Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear by Winifred Aldrich to help you along (although any patternmaking book with block instructions will do – this is the one I use in the examples). Some measurements (yours or the ones provided in the course), that book and my course are really all you need to get going. Really! I promise!

So whether you’re a beginning pattern drafter or one with 30 years of experience and a degree in fashion design, this course is for you. Stop with all the tracing paper and start designing digitally. No more taping, re-tracing, measuring and wasted muslin. (Okay, you might still waste a little muslin.) Take it all digital and spend your time designing and sewing instead of planting your face firmly in your palm. 


Space is limited. :) xoxo

  • Jenn AJennuineLife

    So cool! This is going to be awesome!

    • Lauren Dahl

      I hope so! Haha! :)

  • Vanessa Hewell

    congrats!! very cool!

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thank you, Vanessa!

  • Shaffer Sisters

    Lauren, congratulations dear. I love how you shoot and work for the stars. You deserve every great thing that comes your way.

    • Lauren Dahl

      Awwwwww, thanks, Scary. :) xoxo

  • Kimberly Payne

    Hooray!! I am so excited for you and I know it is going to be such a great success. You are one busy lady doing lots of cool things. Congratulations!

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thank you, Kimberly! I really appreciate that. :) xoxo

  • Toni Barsi

    Congratulation Lauren! You deserve it, and I’m sure your class will be wonderful!

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thank you so much, Toni!

  • Natalie @sewoutnumbered

    Wow!! So exciting for you! Congratulations :)

    • Lauren Dahl

      Yeeeehaw! Thank you!! :)

  • Maris Olsen

    CONGRATS Lauren!!

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thanks, Maris!

  • Mary Danielson

    Congratulations, Lauren! What a fantastic class this is going to be! I’d take it in a heartbeat, if I weren’t in the middle of my final dissertation push. Your students are going to get such amazing information!

    • Lauren Dahl

      Mary, hopefully they will repeat it later, so you can try it then! :)

  • Charity

    That is so exciting! Congratulations!

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thank you!!

  • Juliette Bonnin Lanvers

    tell me Lauren, you know I know nothing about drafting or illustrator, can I do this? you might have to hold my hand but I am in! it’s great the course starts a few days after my guest leaves…

    • Lauren Dahl

      You can absolutely do it! I would highly recommend getting the recommended book, Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear by Winifred Aldrich. Amazon has several used copies. :) I would love to have you!

  • Nicole Rusch

    Congratulations! If it is anything like your Pattern Workshop course it will be amazing!!

  • MammaNene

    Congratulations Lauren, it will be great for sure ;-)

  • Sophie Crespy

    congrats Lauren!! wow! you must be proud!

  • Jo (Dotta.)

    Congrats! You totally deserve it!

  • cucicucicoo

    That’s so great, Lauren! congratulations!

  • Ajaire

    Congrats!! This is fun news!!

  • Tara Niscak

    Congratulations! I heard about you through Burdastyle and I’m so glad I did. If I wanted to start selling patterns online, then the Pattern Workshop would be the better course to take? rather than the burdastyle master class?

  • Jenny Deonarain

    Hi Lauren, I found you through Burdastyle too and am really excited about your blog and course! I am just wondering if there is a lot of overlap between the 2 versions of the course? I’m wanting to start my own womenswear pattern business so was thinking of doing the original course, but I don’t want to miss out on any extra info that’s in the Burdastyle version (FOMO!!). Any chance you will make any extra info that is covered in the Burdastyle version available as an add-on purchase for the original? Thanks!