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WORKSHOP AT OTAKON // Adjusting Sewing Patterns for your Perfect Fit


Location: Otakon 2024 - Marriott Marquee M3 Level, Chinatown Workshop Room

Date: Friday, August 2nd, 2024

Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm EST

Class Length: 2 hours

Ever finished a garment from a pattern and it just didn't fit quite right? In this hands-on demonstration, the head pattern maker of CUT/SEW will walk students through the process of adjusting patterns at their most basic level for common fit issues. Learn how to take in, let out, lengthen, and shorten patterns, plus learn hacks and techniques for adding or removing bulk from pesky areas that cause common fit issues like the shoulders, bust, inseam, and more.

In this workshop you'll learn:

  • How to transfer a commercial pattern to paper to allow for adjustments
  • Which areas of patterns correspond to common fit issues
  • How to take in and let out patterns
  • How to lengthen and shorten patterns
  • How to add or remove bulk from the middle of patterns
  • How to add or remove darts

Prerequisite Skills:

  • Familiarity with sewing patterns and how they're used
  • Basic sewing skills/completion of at least one finished garment

About the Instructor:

Madison May, the head pattern maker at CUT/SEW, founded the company in 2016. With almost fifteen years of experience in the costume and fashion industry, Madison has provided patterns to both broadway & off-broadway productions, major US theme parks, international cruise lines, and television. Cosplay has been a hobby of hers since 2005 and she also is active in the cosplay photography community under the moniker of Final-Egirl.

The Nitty Gritty:

  • To participate in this class you must be at least 16 years of age
  • Space is limited and all tickets are first come first serve
  • Purchasing a ticket reserves one (1) seat at this class. For multiple tickets, please add more than one ticket to your cart
  • All tickets are final sale. In the event of a no-show, no refunds will be available
  • Tickets will be delivered digitally to the email address provided at checkout. This digital ticket will be needed to enter the event.
  • All classes start promptly at the time they're scheduled for. In the event of tardiness, you may miss certain aspects of the class and may not be able to complete the scheduled project in full

Our Sponsors for the 2024 Cosplay Sewing Gallery:


Be sure to take advantage of our sponsor Bernette's Sewing Gallery machine specials during this class, including:

These specials will be available at Bernette's pop up shop at Otakon in the Mount Vernon panel room (next door to the workshop room this class takes place in)


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