Friday, November 20, 2015

Workshop: Pattern-Drafting: Working From the Block

Registration opens December 7th at 10am
Register online here

2016 Maiwa Spring Workshops
Workshop: Pattern-Drafting: Working From the Block
Sheila Wong

$595 includes $40 lab fee
April 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Class Limit 8
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC


In architectural terms, pattern blocks are the foundation for all garment construction. In this advanced, five-day class, students will learn how to manipulate and alter a basic set of dress blocks (bodice, skirt, and sleeve) through flat-pattern drafting techniques. Students will learn dart manipulation, sleeve variations, skirt variations, neckline and collar variations, as well as techniques to add fullness such as pleats and tucks.

This workshop provides a level of advancement for both the clothing designer and artisan working in garment construction.

This is an advanced workshop. Students must have taken the Pattern-Drafting: Make Your Own Block course (previously called Pattern-Drafting: Pattern Blocks) or they must have experience sewing a number of completed garments on their own. Students will be required to bring some basic supplies. A supply list will be provided at registration.


Instructor Bio

The fashion industry thrives on creativity, diversity and innovation.

The same 3 concepts can be used to describe Sheila Wong Fashion Design Studio, or SWFDS as it is more commonly known in the Vancouver fashion circuit. The company, founded by Sheila Wong, who herself is a walking example of diversity (being French-Chinese Canadian), helps develop all aspects of fashion design, whether it be skills, creativity, marketing or simply making the numbers work.

Sheila Wong started showing interest in design at a very young age. While other teenagers aspired to be models on a runway, she was much more interested in the garments and accessories that made the models shine.  At the age of 18 she started her first company designing outfits and managing dance performers at music festivals in her home town of Calgary, Alberta. She knew she had found her passion the first time she saw her designs showcased in front of a large energetic crowd.

But ideas and talent don’t always guarantee success, so Sheila made sure she was ready to tackle whatever obstacles the industry might have. She first completed a Bachelors of Applied Business and Entrepreneurship Degree at Mount Royal University, with a focus on International Business. She then went on to obtain her Fashion Design Diploma from Vancouver’s own Blanche Macdonald Fashion Design Center. It was here that she fine tuned her skills and developed her ideas. Her time at Blanche Macdonald allowed her to shine in front of her peers and industry professionals, earning her the Design Portfolio of the Year award. After years of making sure she had the education to support her goals, she sought real-world experience, taking on positions like Studio Assistant at the Fashion Exchange building, Production Manager at clothing retailer Aritzia, and even instructing at Blanche Macdonald Fashion Center and Vancouver Community College in the Fashion Design programs. 

What truly makes Sheila Wong stand out in the industry, however, is her desire to help other artists succeed. Sheila loves collaborating with other designers and artisans, and has this to say to anyone who has ever wanted to see their own name on a piece of clothing: 

“Anyone can design and construct a garment, you just need the right amount of guidance and motivation. My goal is to help inspire people to create beautiful things. If you are passionate and driven, there is no reason why you cannot be creative every day.”

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