Contemporary Fashion Education, Inc.
About this pro
12 years in business
1 hire on Thumbtack
Before I met laurel I would spend hundreds of dollars on fabric only to have it not fit when I would put it together. Laurel taught me how to grade a pattern to fit my body and it fit EVERY time. No more wasted money and time. This was not an easy course for me and I had a lot of trouble learning the material. But she never gave up on me and i finally learned exactly how to create the beautiful fit reserved only for couture. She is a wonder and her courses are just what i needed to learn how to created the clothes that i wanted. Thank you so much Laurel!Sep 4, 2014
Laurel. Awesome. Laurel's classes. Awesome. I registered for Laurel's class with a little trepidation as I feel I have wasted a lot of time and money taking other fitting/sewing classes. I finished these courses with little satisfaction. I love the way Laurel shows us the way things are done in industry. I am a self-taught sewer knowing little of the techniques needed to draft/fit/sew a professional looking garment. You can work at your own pace. If you get too far behind, she will spend extra time to make sure you finish. She is dedicated and truly wants you to succeed. I wish there were more teachers around like Laurel. She is a breath of fresh air.Aug 2, 2013Laurel H.'s reply
Thanks, Cathy! You are a delight to have in the classroom.
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I charge $100 for a three-hour lesson. All private lessons are three hours each. Students also need to buy textbooks which cost approximately $100 a book. Each book contains approximately 300 pages of fully-diagrammed material.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?This is not a program for anyone who is looking for easy. The work is difficult. The student MUST be motivated. I ask them what they wish to learn, then set up a program that addresses their needs. They come for lessons when it works for them. They do their homework using the textbooks I have written.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Other than mine there are no books on the market that I know of that show step-by-step each and every procedure needed from start to finish in the making of a garment. This could be considered a new develop in my field. I am developing the third area of concentration, fashion technology and how to teach it so that the student understands the basic engineering concepts that underlie the computer programs. . Fashion education concentrates on fashion design and fashion retail. Some technology is taught, but often that involves the use of computer programs. Hands-on understanding needs to be made available. These skills are being lost. Today many graduates cannot draft or grade unless they have a computer at the ready. Unfortunately if the computer is not programmed correctly the graduate is at a loss. The computer is a wonderful tool, but that is all it is. To effectively use a computer one needs to understand the work and what the computer is doing. I use the computer every day to generate my diagrams. Because I understand the work hands-on I can walk away from my computer and quickly draft and grade patterns by hand. I am not dependent on the computer, nor do I need to spend thousands of dollars for machinery that would only take up space.