Two Hour Presentations

These seminars are designed for groups of 10 to 20 participants and are initiated by requests from schools or organized groups. 

A visual presentation and showing of samples which cover the most innovative and famous of Madeleine Vionnet’s career, outlining the design themes, fabrics, cutting and construction techniques that underlie her work, showing how they apply to contemporary fashion design.  

An overview of the new directions in pattern design, covering the most innovative people in the working in the world today.  Includes high tech approaches to pattern design, famous pieces, pattern puzzles, zero waste and many other pattern design genius ideas.

A visual presentation of the key points in the study of fashion design -- what are the most important concepts and why.  How to sequentially work through the process and determine if the design is “coming together” well and how to know when it is finished.


 Seminar Information

The following seminars, presented by Sandra Ericson, are are designed for groups of 10 to 20 participants and are initiated by requests from schools or organized groups.  Each includes an in depth PowerPoint visual presentation, demonstration of the topic techniques and a hands-on workshop for student exploration.  For seminars with draping workshops, half scale forms are used which can be provided; however, participants may also use their own full scale forms.  Seminars are two to five days in length, depending upon the level of expertise desired. They are produced by the Center for Pattern Design and may be used as an educational supplement to an existing educational program or as a ticketed event for the public, such as a fundraiser.  Registrants are sent an information sheet with instructions, supplies and directions 3 weeks before the seminar begins.

Skill levels:
The assumption is that very few people will be experienced drapers so all instruction is very detailed using a step by step process with ample teacher interaction.  However, except for the two hours lectures, the learning seminars are not for those who do not know how to sew and have had very little or no experience in using a pattern or handling fabric. Please give us a call if you have questions about your group's level of experience or interest level.


The cost for each seminar includes transportation and lodging expenses, per diem for teaching days plus one travel day, shipping of the half scale forms if necessary, and a teaching fee which is determined based upon length of class and location.  Please contact us for current pricing information and fundraising opportunities.  Promotional packages and a registration service for ticketed events are available options.

Degree Programs:

Each seminar and the instructor, Sandra Ericson, meet the qualifications for university level instruction for degree or non-credit fashion programs.  If inclusion in an accredited program curriculum is desired, please contact us for further compliance information.