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Pattern University by Lauren Dahl

Up next…Pattern University (+ MORE)

Well, friends…at the urging of many readers, family members and friends, I decided a few weeks ago to begin work on a pretty big undertaking – the creation of a comprehensive course on PDF sewing pattern design. Pattern University is my next big project, and I’m so excited to see it coming together!

The course will be a paid course (price not yet determined) offered through CourseCraft, and it will basically take you through the entire process of developing PDF sewing patterns – sketching, prototyping, digitizing, grading, tiling, organizing, marketing and selling.

For now, I’m putting all my focus into finishing up this course, and I won’t be publishing any more free Adobe tutorials. I really love offering the free materials, but dang, guys…creating video tutorials is hard work, and the resulting questions and requests are quite time-consuming. I ultimately decided that I could continue doing the free tutorials and seeing it as a chore, OR, I could create this course, enjoy it and make a little extra cash for my family. You could certainly see why I would choose the latter.

I haven’t been posting much sewing here lately because we’ve been traveling all around for 30 of the last 90 days. Whew! But there are no more trips planned for the time being, and it’s time to get back into the swing of things.

So, if you’re interested in Pattern University, be sure to sign up for the mailing list to be the first to know when enrollment opens. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the fun posts I have planned over the next few weeks!

  • Maddie Flanigan

    I’m totally signing up for this! What a great project to undertake and it will help out so many wandering seamstresses who want to do something with their patterns.

  • Sew Sleepy

    So cool – I’m very interested in this

  • Charity

    I’m REALLY excited about this course! =)

  • Aafke

    Crap, we don’t have the budget for this and I so enjoyed your videos :’(

    • Aafke

      Of course I do wish you luck and fun with your new project. I just know it will be awesome!

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  • Vanesssa

    I’m falling in love with you more and more each day. I’ve been struggling with illustrator and your tutorials have made it all click. I can’t wait for this new course to be available.

    • Lauren Dahl

      Vanessa – you are too sweet! Thank you!

  • Charlotte

    Utterly brilliant lady! Your direct and clear instruction has given me new skills to expand my creativity.
    Thank you.

    • Lauren Dahl

      Thank you, Charlotte!

  • Elizabeth

    I would like you sign up for your course but have had trouble viewing the videos in Melly Sews CourseCraft Class. I’d hate to enroll and not be able to access the class……

    • Lauren Dahl

      Elizabeth – all the videos are hosted on Vimeo and shouldn’t give you any trouble. If you can watch something on Vimeo, you can watch my videos! :)

  • Fleur Hoare

    I was silly and missed the pre-launch sale, I can’t wait for this to go live, I feel like I’m such an adobe novice and this will help me get to where I want with my patterns! :) Thank you so much for doing this.

    • Lauren Dahl

      Yay! Course goes live tomorrow! I can’t wait to have you!