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Taking classes from Laurel has been an amazing experience! She is knowledgable, fun, energetic and brings out the very best in her students. She has an unmatched passion for teaching and you will learn more about fit, pattern making and the art of sewing than you ever thought you could! My confidence has grown incredibly throughout the course and I have now begun filling my closet with quality clothes that actually fit me and are well made! Laurel's books are also incredible with countless illustrations and thorough instructions/descriptions that you won't find anywhere else. Trust me, I've looked! If you want to really learn not only how to sew, but how to think about clothing construction and work with a fabulous teacher, take these classes!Oct 8, 2012Contemporary Fashion Education, Inc.'s reply
Wow! Thanks so much, Sarah! You've done a lot of hard work and have achieved tremendous success. It's really exciting to watch!
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, 2013Contemporary Fashion Education, Inc.'s reply
Thanks, Cathy! You are a delight to have in the classroom.
Laurel is super knowledgeable about the fashion industry, pattern making, designing and sewing. It's hard to find all these attributes in one teacher. I've been taking her classes since 2012 and I look forward to learning more from her. I would recommended beginners and experienced sewers, pattern makers and designers to take her classes. There is always something new to learn!Aug 2, 2013Contemporary Fashion Education, Inc.'s reply
Thanks, Jena! Your dedication to your business and your exceptional talent brings excitement to the classroom.
For all sewing lovers, in my opinion Laurel Hoffmanns courses are a must. Laurel Hoffmann offers six courses. The first course I took was Design Room Techniques, which involved sewing. The course ran three hours a week for twelve weeks. The course covered just about every aspect of sewing. Laurel Hoffmanns methods proved to be easy to comprehend and less time consuming. We learned how to insert zippers in garments professionally, all sorts of hand sewing, pleating, sewing out, pockets, etc. In every instance, Laurel made sure each student understood and could execute everything she taught. Her teaching methods are unique and well demonstrated, as well as extremely enjoyable. I look forward to being a part of all her future classes and recommend Laurel Hoffmann to anyone interested in becoming a professional sewer and pattern maker, whether for home or career usage.Nov 18, 2012Contemporary Fashion Education, Inc.'s reply
Thanks, Janet! You're a delightful student, hard working, fun loving, a welcome addition to the class.
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
- 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.