Craft of Couture
with Deborah Donahue
The Craft of Couture*
In this class, Fashion Designer Deborah Donahue will introduce basic hand stitches and the various ways they can be used, which when applied skillfully, can lead into complex design. Deborah is inspired by natural elements and sustainability and has 25 years of experience running her own design business. She loves making and altering her own clothes out of interesting thrift store finds, and designing for others as well. She will help students practice application and create their own stitch book for future reference and personal use, and experiment with surface design and with a variety of textiles as they make their own designer tote. We’ll look at design elements in couture work as well as specific designers throughout history, such as Vionnet, Poiret, Channel, and Vivienne Westwood, who played powerful roles in influencing what you and I wear today.
Students will become familiar with fashion industry terms and resources, and will receive their own starter sewing kit, along with textiles and a 3-ring binder for samples. This introductory class will prepare students for a more advanced class, where Deborah will teach draping of garments, fitting, and the creation of at least 1 complete garment as time permits.
Thursdays, 3:45-5:45 from Jan. 31 - April 18
No Classes the week of Mar 11-15, or the week of April 1-5.
*The French word “couture” traditionally meant hand sewing or dressmaking, and also refers to fashion design, sewing, or needlework done by hand to certain specifications.
Jan 31 - Apr 18th, 2019
Thu for 10 weeks from 3:45 - 5:45 pm
Lakeshore Vineyard Church
710 Central Ave.
Holland, MI 49423 Get directions
Room: Room 1