Fashion Design: Fitting the French Block

2 Sessions : April 19 & 26, 2020 : 10am-2pm 


· Draft a custom French block that can be used as a template to make an array of stylish tops, blazers, and dresses

· Learn to tackle tricky fitting problems like bust size alterations and panel shape manipulation for perfect-fitting tops and dresses

Course Summary 

The French block is a basic template used by designers to create a vast range of custom womenswear garments. Learning this cornerstone of modern fashion design will give you the tools to create beautifully fitted tops, blouses, jackets, and dresses. In this class you will learn to draft a basic block pattern from your own measurements. We will then sew canvas mock-ups of the block and learn to manipulate the pattern for a precise fit. This class is ideal for stitchers looking to improve their fitting skills and to learn fundamental pattern drafting techniques. 

This workshop is broken into two sessions of four hours each. In session one, we will take our measurements and learn to draft the basic French block pattern. In session two, we will cut and sew our French blocks in canvas, and then learn how to alter them for an ideal fit. 

No prior experience drafting garments is required to take this course, but basic machine sewing proficiency and garment construction knowledge are necessary.

 What we will do

· Learn to draft a classic French block in your size

· Learn how to fit and alter the basic block for a perfect fit

· Learn how to manipulate the basic block to make shirts, blouses, jackets, and dresses


About the Instructor : Alexander Chesebro

Alexander Chesebro is a historical costumer and living history interpreter with a specialization in foundation garments. Alexander has created corsets and stays for living history events and private clients across the U.S., including for performers at The Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco. His design process relies on extensive research examining extant garments in both his personal collection and museum archives in order to produce comfortable foundation garments with period correct silhouettes. Alexander also collects and documents historical textiles, specializing in silk brocades and woolens from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is thrilled to offer new classes on making foundation garments here in the Boston area. 



2 Sewall Ave
Brookline, MA 02446


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