Contemporary Fashion Education, Inc.

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  • Rochelle C.

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    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
  • Cathy M.

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    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, 2013
    Laurel H.'s reply

    Thanks, Cathy! You are a delight to have in the classroom.

About this pro

There is nothing easy about this college graduate program. It contains the drafting and sewing procedures that are used in high-end couture fashion. Each private three-hour lesson costs $100. In addition you will need to periodically buy the textbooks that cost $90 to $100 each. Expect to work hard in order to achieve the ability to produce exquisitely beautiful clothing. In your private lessons you will learn high-end design, drafting, and sewing lessons that are supported with classroom tested drafting and sewing books that I am completing. This will speed you through the learning process at a fraction of the time and price a college program would cost. Because the private lessons focus on the student's individual needs, and because the books provide the information the student needs to work at home, students progress quickly through the material. All of the courses and textbooks are self-contained. That means that what you need to know to produce a garment from start to finish is in the course/textbook. You don’t have to take a sewing course, then a draping course, and finally a patternmaking course before you can produce a finished garment. All of my textbooks contain step-by-step diagrams actually real patterns as drafted in designing departments scaled down to diagram size – that show exactly how the work is done in a designing department. No other books give information this detailed, or the exact order of how it is done by professionals. I know how this is done because I drafted, draped, fitted, cut, graded, and (because I am very average in size) worked as a fit model – all on the same jobs in both high-end custom and industrial couture. I also know sample making - how to sew a complete garment as done in industry. Everything is demoed. The student then goes home and tests what she has learned, using her textbook to help her produce the pattern or sewing example. She then comes back to class and sees again and again whatever she were unable to complete successfully. In no time the student is producing truly professional, exquisitely beautiful, well-fitting clothing. I enjoy interacting with my students. I also enjoy the challenges that are involved with teaching custom fitting. Many people have a great deal of trouble finding clothing that fits them. However mass-production requires manufacturing clothing that fits average measurements. Many people think they have problem figures, but that is not the case. They just have figures that are not average. Helping them learn how to draft, fit, grade, and sew clothing that fits them perfectly is a real joy. They are so happy to have the help that this is the true reward for writing my books and teaching my program.

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    • 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.
    Coverage Area for Contemporary Fashion Education, Inc. is about 30+ miles of Oreland, PA.