Fashion Design, Sewing & Patternmaking Training in Atlanta GA

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Le Fashion Lab, Atlanta:
Founded in August 2009, Le Fashion Lab is a fashion-design school in Atlanta GA specializing in preparing emerging designers to build their fashion businesses from the ground up. We offer 3 Fashion Design & Garment Construction Programs: 1-yr Daytime Program; 2-yr Evening or Weekend Program; and a 13-week PREP Program. Our exclusive Fashion Design & Garment Construction programs include training classes in sewing, patternmaking, draping (making patterns in garments using dress forms/mannequins), fashion sketching and illustration, textiles, fashion business, and more. The programs are curated & streamlined to offer our students all of the design, technical and business skills required to launch their brands. We offer extended evening or weekend program options with the same classes for students who cannot attend our daytime program.

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Fashion Design and Garment Construction Training Programs:

• At beginner through advanced levels.
• Design & Garment Construction (1 year Daytime or 2 year Evening / Weekend program)
• 13-week Preparatory (PREP) Program (Ideal for capable High School students & graduates, College Students or recent College graduates, this one semester program gives you the opportunity to explore key subjects in Fashion Design & Garment Construction.) 
• All our classes are 100% fashion-focused.

Photo of Fashion Design, Sewing & Patternmaking Training in Atlanta GA• You’ve dreamed of learning the design, technical and garment construction skills to launch your fashion business. You’re excited, anxious and a little intimated to make this big step – but know that fashion design is your purpose; your calling.

• Our Design & Garment Construction Programs in Atlanta GA teach you all of the essential design, technical and garment construction skills needed to launch your fashion business.

• Our series of Beginner through Advanced Sewing, Patternmaking, Draping, Sketching and Technical classes leads you seamlessly through this process, as we teach you the skills needed to build your vision from start to finish through a series of hands-on classes led by our expert team of instructors.

Daytime Study Program:

First Semester - Study Classes: 
• Intro to Sewing I & II; Intermediate Sewing; Advanced Sewing; Intro to Fashion & Sketching; Beginning Patternmaking 1; Beginning Patternmaking II; Beginning Patternmaking III

Second Semester - Study Classes:
• Beginning Draping; Intermediate Draping; Intro to Textiles; Beginning Fashion illustration; Fabric Manipulation for Design; Intermediate Patternmaking I; Adobe Photoshop; Intermediate Fashion Illustration

Third Semester - Study Classes:
• Adobe Illustrator; Advanced Patternmaking; Advanced Draping: Advanced Fashion Illustration; Collections Development

Evening or Weekend Program:

1st Semester - Study Classes:
• Intro to Sewing I & Il; Intermediate Sewing; Advanced Sewing; Intro to Fashion & Sketching; Beginning Patternmaking

2nd Semester - Study Classes:
• Beginning Patternmaking l; Beginning Patternmaking III; Beginning Draping I & II; Intro to Textiles

3rd Semester - Study Classes:
• Intermediate Draping; Beginning Fashion Illustration l; Fabric Manipulation for Design

4th Semester - Study Classes:
• Intermediate Patternmaking I; Intermediate Patternmaking II; Adobe Photoshop; Intermediate Fashion illustration; Adobe Illustrator

5th semester - Study Classes:
• Adobe Illustrator I continued; Advanced Patternmaking; Advanced Draping;

6th Semester - Study Classes:
• Advanced Fashion Illustration; Collections Development


13-week Preparatory (PREP) Program (with classes in Evenings):

• Classes include: Introduction to Sewing I; Introduction to Sewing II; Intermediate Sewing; Intro to Fashion & Sketching; Introductory-Prep Patternmaking I.

• Ideal for capable High School students, High School graduates, College Students or recent College graduates, this one semester program will give you the opportunity to explore key subjects in Fashion Design & Garment Construction.

• After completion of this program, the successful candidate will be given the option of accepting admission into Le Fashion Lab’s 1-yr or 2-yr certificate program.

• Transfer/Acceptance into the 1-year or 2-year program will be based on passing grades in all classes; minimum 95% attendance of all scheduled classes; work ethic; aptitude; and unanimous instructor agreement.

• If the candidate is then accepted into the 1-year or 2-year program, all classes taken in the PREP Program will automatically transfer, except Introductory-Prep Patternmaking I.

• While this is an exciting opportunity to prove you have what it takes for the more intensive programs, it is also a chance to gain key insight into the fashion design industry by gaining experience through the preparatory classes.


Outline of possible classes in the Daytime Program, and what each covers: 

1st Semester classes for beginners may include:

Note that we do not offer individual classes in these subjects. They are studied as part of the main study programs above.

Introduction to Sewing I
Course Duration: 4 sessions, Prerequisites: None
Image of Fashion Design, Sewing & Patternmaking Training in Atlanta GARecommended for all students at the beginner level, this class is the ideal starting place for garment construction classes.

It provides an excellent introduction to technical sewing principles, through creating a sample book of various seam finishes specific to various fabric types, buttons, zippers, welt pockets, facing, etc. Students will have sample book for reference even after class has ended.

Introduction to Sewing II
Course Duration: 4 sessions, Prerequisites: Intro to Sewing I
This class continues to teach students more about fine sewing techniques including – sewing darts, facings for neckline, intricate welt pocket, sewing various types of zippers, and more.

Intermediate Sewing
Course Duration: 4 sessions, Prerequisites: Introduction to Sewing
This class provides a continuation of the sewing principles you learned in Introduction to Sewing. Here, previous techniques learned will be applied to creating numerous garments in miniature size (shirts, skirts, dresses, collars, sleeves, etc) as you work towards a thorough understanding of making various garments.

Advanced Sewing
Course Duration: 4 sessions, Prerequisites: Introduction to Sewing, Intermediate Sewing
This class provides a continuation of sewing principles learned in Introduction to Sewing and Intermediate Sewing. Here, previous techniques learned will be applied to creating a professionally finished lined tailored blazer with notched collar and welt pockets.

Beginning Patternmaking I
Course Duration: 20 hours - 8 sessions, Prerequisites: Introduction to Sewing, Intermediate Sewing, Advanced Sewing
This class is ideal for students who can sew well, and are ready to move on to creating garments to fit specific clients.

Gain a thorough understanding of patternmaking and how to read patterns by learning to create a variety of flat patterns “from scratch” including the basic bodice (used for various shirts and blouses), basic torso (used for dresses), and the basic skirt (used for various skirt designs).

Students also learn all about dart manipulations, and how to change the location of darts depending on your design needs. This class is ideal for students who can sew well, and are ready to move on to creating garments to fit specific clients.

Beginning Patternmaking II
Course Duration: 20 hours - 8 sessions, Prerequisites: Introduction to Sewing, Intermediate Sewing, Advanced Sewing, Beginning Patternmaking I

This class continues building on your patternmaking skills by teaching you how to make patterns for basic pants, sleeve, and shirt collar. The class is focused on continued practice to enable you to create patterns on your own outside of class, without the step-by-step guidance of the instructor.

Beginning Patternmaking III
Course Duration: 8 sessions
Now that you’ve gotten adequate training in the basic patterns, it’s time to add some fun. While this class is a continuation of patternmaking techniques learned in Beginning Patternmaking I and II, we mix it up by adding variations to the basic patterns you’ve already created. This class continues to focus on making you a self-sufficient patternmaker beyond the basic patterns.

Introduction to Fashion & Sketching
Course Duration: 20 hours - 8 sessions, Prerequisites: None
This class introduces you to the process of fashion, and is a great starting point for building a portfolio.

It provides an excellent overview of the fashion process, including concepting, sketching, creating a color palette and flats, and choosing fabrics.

You create a mood board, illustration and flats board for a cohesive collection. It is a great class to help prevent blocks to creativity and keep those design ideas flowing. Skills learned in this class are relevant even after class is finished, as this process of designing collections is used over-and-over by the top industry Fashion Designers.



2nd Semester Classes at Intermediate Level may include:
Note that we do not offer individual classes in these subjects. They are studied as part of the main study programs above.

Beginning Fashion Illustration I
Course Duration: 20 hours - 8 sessions, Prerequisites: Introduction to Fashion & Sketching
Photos of Le Fashion Lab, AtlantaLearn the skills you will build on to create an outstanding fashion portfolio! This class will teach you to draw the female figure by creating your own croquis while also learning to make “fashion appropriate” adjustments. 

You will learn to beautifully illustrate the female body - including hair, face, feet and hands -  in addition to learning to draw the body in various views. In this class you will design and illustrate a complete mini-collection.

Intermediate Fashion Illustration
Course Duration: 20 hours - 8 sessions, Prerequisites: Beginning Fashion Illustration I, Beginning Fashion Illustration II
Let’s learn to sketch beautiful models in beautiful clothes! Building on lessons learned in Beginning Fashion Illustration I, students learn to add personally designed garments to the female figure, including learning to shade/render various types of fabrics – chiffon, fur, leather, plaid, stripes, sequins, denim, etc. – using markers, colored pencils and/or water color paints.

This class includes the creation of a more advanced mini-collection and professional illustration boards to add to your portfolio. Focus here on finding your own fashion illustration style, vital for the creation of a successful and cohesive portfolio.

Beginning Draping I
Course Duration: 8 sessions, Prerequisites: Introduction to Sewing, Intermediate Sewing, Advanced Sewing

Using dress forms/mannequins, you learn to construct garments through draping. Does not involve making drapes! 

This is another method of making patterns – using dress forms/mannequins. Using this method, this class focuses on creating a basic dress, to teach students the ins-and-outs of proper draping to use for future garment construction.

Beginning Draping II
Course Duration: 10 hours - 4 sessions, Prerequisites: Introduction to Sewing, Intermediate Sewing, Advanced Sewing, Beginning Draping I
Building on skills learned in Beginning Draping 1, you learn to drape a perfectly fitting pant on a pant form/mannequin.

Intermediate Draping
Course Duration: 20 hours - 8 sessions, Prerequisites: Introduction to Sewing, Intermediate Sewing, Advanced Sewing, Beginning Draping I, Beginning Draping II

At this point, you should have developed a good understanding of draping, but your experienced and qualified instructor is present to give guidance along the way.

Building on the skills learned in Beginning Draping 1 and 2, you drape a sleeveless dress of your own design into reality. Dress should be lined and finely finished.

Introduction to Textiles
Course Duration: 10 hours - 4 sessions, Prerequisites: None
This class is an introduction to various types of fabrics. This is a very hands-on class, where time is spent with various fabric swatches, learning about the fabrics and their best end uses. 

Fabric Manipulation for Design
Course Duration: 8 sessions
This class gets your creative juices flowing by introducing you to methods and techniques for using fabric to turn an idea from drab to fab. It encourages you to explore and experiment with pre-existing fabric manipulation techniques in addition to creating innovative methods of your own.

Intermediate Patternmaking I

Picture of Fashion Design, Sewing & Patternmaking Training in Atlanta GACourse Duration: 4 sessions, Prerequisites: Introduction to Sewing, Intermediate Sewing, Advanced Sewing, Beginning Patternmaking

Building on the skills you learned in Beginning Patternmaking, we invite a model to class and, not only do you learn to take measurements, but you also use her measurements to create a long sleeve classic princess line dress to fit her. This class teaches how to take measurements, how to make patterns using these measurements, and how to alter/adjust patterns to ensure your garment fits perfectly.

Intermediate Patternmaking II
Course Duration: 20 hours - 8 sessions, Prerequisites: Introduction to Sewing, Intermediate Sewing, Advanced Sewing, Beginning Patternmaking, Intermediate Patternmaking I

Building on the skills you learned in Beginning Patternmaking and Intermediate Patternmaking I, we invite a model to your class and you learn to make her a perfectly fitting pair of pants! This class continues to teach you about taking measurements and adjusting patterns to create perfectly fitting designs. 

Adobe Photoshop

Course Duration: 20 hours - 8 sessions, Prerequisites: None
In this class, you learn to input and manipulate various images in Adobe Photoshop.

You also learn to use Photoshop tools to improve the appearance of fashion models. This class includes the creation of a Mood/Concept Board and photographic/image manipulation in Adobe Photoshop.


Advanced Level classes in the 3rd Semester may include:
Note that we do not offer individual classes in these subjects. They are studied as part of the main study programs above.

Advanced Patternmaking

Course Duration: 25 hours. Prerequisites: Introduction to Sewing, Intermediate Sewing, Advanced Sewing, Beginning Patternmaking, Intermediate Patternmaking I, Intermediate Patternmaking II
Building on the skills you learned in Beginning Patternmaking through Intermediate Patternmaking II, you create a one-piece outfit of their own design to fit to a live model.

Advanced Draping

Course Duration: 10 sessions. Prerequisites: Introduction to Sewing, Intermediate Sewing, Advanced Sewing, Beginning Draping I, Beginning Draping II, Intermediate Draping
Building on lessons learned in Beginning Draping 1 and 2 through Intermediate Draping, students create two outfits to fit a dress form.

Advanced Fashion Illustration

Images of Le Fashion Lab, AtlantaCourse Duration: 20 hours - 8 sessions, Prerequisites: Beginning Fashion Illustration I, Beginning Fashion Illustration II, Intermediate Fashion Illustration

At this stage, you will have an understanding of the basics of fashion illustration and discovered your signature illustration style.

This class focuses on exploring other mixed media approaches including mid-toned paper, collages, and alternative approaches to illustration – while cementing the fashion illustration practice for students by developing a complete collection. 

Adobe Illustrator I / Technical Fashion Design
In this class, you are introduced to the technical side of fashion, learning all the Adobe Illustrator tools needed to create flats. Flats are how garments are sketched in the fashion industry, and are vital for communicating with manufacturers and vendors.

They are also used for presentation to potential buyers and clothing companies. Through a step-by-step, hands-on approach, students learn to master the Adobe Illustrator tools. Class includes creation of a mini collection using Adobe Illustrator.

Introduction to Fashion Business & Entrepreneurship
Course Duration: 8 sessions
This class introduces you to the business of fashion from the perspective of an entrepreneur.

Here, you are introduced to the process of starting your fashion design business, and some of the issues you will encounter as a fashion entrepreneur starting a fashion collection or brand. Each session goes into detail about a specific area of developing your fashion business, and some of the challenges you will likely face. This class is intended to expose and introduce new fashion designers to production issues in the process of launching your business as a means to helping you avoid such issues in the future.

Collections Development
Course Duration: 10 sessions
Building on skills learned throughout the Sewing, Draping and Patternmaking series, students use their skills to create 3 outfits (max. 5 pieces) of their own design.


Student Review:

"I’m so glad I found this place. Here, I really feel like I am getting the teaching that I want and need to make my own creations. I started with intro to sewing and am currently in Beginner’s pattern making; I am so excited for the future classes! My teacher ‘s name is Marva and she’s amazing!! I’d definitely recommend anybody to take courses here."
- Lexi

Updated: 2020-06-05

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