INTERFORM LEARN

APPAREL EDUCATION CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Discover a diverse range of courses at INTERFORM, covering basic sewing to advanced pattern making, tailored to various interests and skill levels. Our seasonal sessions (spring, summer, and fall) last 3 to 4 months, ensuring immersive learning and skill refinement. We welcome students from all backgrounds, whether pursuing fashion as a hobby, career, or entrepreneurial venture. Benefit from hands-on learning and engage with our vibrant community of students and alumni. Showcase your designs at prestigious events like NWA Fashion Week, amplifying your exposure and celebrating achievements in the apparel community.

  • Beginner Sewing 101
  • Intermediate Apparel Construction 
  • Advanced Pattern Making
  • Clothing Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Teen Fashion Design Bootcamp
  • Private Classes
  • Open Studio – open to public
  • Workshops – some workshops are open to public
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OUR COMITTMENT

At INTERFORM, we staunchly uphold our commitment to cultivating and safeguarding this enduring craft, empowering individuals to unlock their boundless creative prowess and flourish amidst the dynamic landscape of the apparel industry. Our inclusive approach to apparel education extends far and wide, enriching the lives of diverse communities including the Marshallese, Congolese refugees, Afghan, Hmong, LatinX, and beyond. Led by a team of dedicated professionals, our classes and workshops are guided by individuals who bring expertise, passion, and a commitment to community engagement.

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THE LEARN TEAM

Together, we strive to foster an inclusive and supportive learning environment where every individual can thrive and unlock their creative potential and gain confidence.

Basana Chhetri – Vice President of Programming & Community Engagement

Abwe Abedi – Coordinator of Sewing Operations

Jessica Robin McClendon – Education Program Manager

Tie Matthew – Assistant Teacher & Supplies Coordinator

Braxton Carney – Programming & Apparel Education Coordinator

Rulli Torres – Apparel & Fashion Design Instructor

Apparel Education Courses offered at INTERFORM

Embark on an exciting journey into the world of sewing! Whether you’re a complete novice or looking to refresh your skills, this course is tailored just for you. Dive into the basics and master your machine with confidence.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Machine Basics: Discover the ins and outs of your sewing machine, from threading the needle to winding the bobbin.
  • Basic Sewing Techniques: Learn essential skills like straight stitching, backstitching, and managing seam allowances.
  • Simple Garment Construction: Create one or two garments from start to finish, mastering fabric selection, pattern following, and assembly.
  • Introduction to Sergers: Elevate your skills with an introduction to serging, enhancing project durability and finish.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Intermediate Pattern Interpretation: Delve into the intricacies of commercial patterns and learn how to transform them into stylish and sophisticated garments that showcase your unique vision.
  • Mastering Sewing Techniques: Hone your skills on the sewing machine, serger, and hand sewing, as you perfect your stitching, seaming, and finishing techniques to achieve professional-grade results.
  • Incorporating Intricate Designs: Expand your design repertoire by incorporating intricate details and embellishments into your garments, from intricate seams to decorative accents that add flair and personality.
  • Hands-On Garment Construction: Put your newfound skills to the test with hands-on projects designed to challenge and inspire you, as you create two well finished garments under the guidance of our experienced instructors.

Are you ready to embark on a journey into the fascinating world of pattern making? Join us for our Introduction to Pattern Making course, where you’ll learn the fundamentals of using commercial patterns and discover how to customize them to reflect your unique style and vision.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Understanding Commercial Patterns: Dive into the basics of commercial patterns and learn how they work as the foundation for garment construction. Explore pattern terminology, layout, and interpretation to demystify the pattern-making process.
  • Customization and Individualism: Take your designs to the next level as you learn how to modify commercial patterns to add your own personal touch and creativity. Experiment with alterations, adjustments, and embellishments to make each garment uniquely yours.
  • Techniques of Finishes: Master essential finishing techniques that add polish and professionalism to your garments. From sewing pockets and installing zippers to creating buttonholes and adding decorative details, you’ll learn the skills needed to give your creations a professional finish.
  • Hands-On Projects: Put your newfound knowledge into practice with hands-on projects designed to reinforce your learning and build your confidence. Throughout the course, you’ll work on creating two well-finished garments that showcase your skills and creativity.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Exploring Complex Patterns: After mastering simpler commercial patterns, dive into the world of more advanced patterns that will push your skills to the limit. Learn how to interpret and work with complex pattern pieces, including linings and interlinings, to create garments of upgraded looks and design.
  • Customization and Originality: Embrace your creativity and individuality as you learn to modify and adapt patterns to suit your unique style and vision. Experiment with design elements, silhouette alterations, and fabric choices to create garments that truly reflect your originality and flair.
  • Advanced Construction Techniques: Expand your repertoire of construction techniques as you tackle more challenging sewing tasks, such as working with linings, creating tailored finishes, and mastering advanced garment assembly methods.
  • Hands-On Projects: Put your skills to the test with hands-on projects that will challenge and inspire you to reach new heights of creativity and craftsmanship. By the end of the course, you’ll have constructed two garments of upgraded looks and design that showcase your advanced pattern making abilities.

Embark on an enriching journey into the realm of varieties of design with our Clothing Design course, tailored for those who have surpassed the advanced level and crave a deeper exploration of specialized techniques, designs, and elements. Dive into a diverse array of styles and traditions, from ethnic and traditional garments to contemporary essentials like coats, pants, and vests. This course offers the freedom to focus on specific areas of interest, empowering students to shape their learning journey through collaborative group discussions. With a hands-on approach, participants refine their craft by practicing various trimmings, design details, and finishing techniques. By the end of the course, students emerge equipped with the skills and creativity to craft garments that embody innovation, precision, and artistic flair.

Explore the exciting world of fashion design with our comprehensive Fashion Design course, where you’ll learn to transform your design ideas into stunning garments through the key elements of fashion illustration, apparel design, draping, and pattern making.

Throughout the course, students will unleash their creativity and refine their design skills by learning how to express their unique vision on paper, incorporating intricate design details such as pocket styles, neckline variations, and sleeve types.

Collaborative group discussions form an integral part of the learning experience, fostering a sense of cohesion and teamwork among students as they work towards creating a cohesive class collection. Together, students will collaborate to meet shared goals and deadlines, honing their ability to work effectively in a team setting.

By the conclusion of the course, students will emerge with a deeper understanding of fashion design principles and two original designs of their own creation, ready to embark on their journey as confident and innovative fashion designers.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Fashion Illustration: Develop your skills in fashion illustration, learning techniques to effectively communicate your design concepts on paper. Explore different styles and approaches to fashion drawing, honing your ability to capture the essence of your designs with precision and flair.
  • Apparel Design: Dive into the process of apparel design, from conceptualization to realization. Learn how to translate your creative vision into wearable garments, considering factors such as silhouette, fabric choice, and construction techniques to bring your designs to life.
  • Draping: Master the art of draping, a technique used to create garment prototypes directly on a dress form. Learn how to manipulate fabric to achieve desired shapes and silhouettes, allowing for greater creativity and experimentation in your design process.
  • Pattern Making: Gain proficiency in pattern making, the foundation of garment construction. Explore techniques for drafting and manipulating patterns to achieve custom fits and unique design elements, empowering you to create garments that are both stylish and well-fitting.

Throughout this immersive workshop, students will embark on an exciting journey of discovery, gaining invaluable knowledge about the essential tools, terminology, and techniques of sewing, along with the foundational principles of fashion design. From mastering the intricacies of stitching to unraveling the mysteries of garment construction, participants will cultivate a strong foundation in sewing essentials.

Key topics covered in the workshop include:

  • Basic Techniques of Using Commercial Patterns: Learn the fundamentals of pattern making, from drafting simple patterns to customizing them for a perfect fit.
  • Draping: Dive into the art of draping fabric on a dress form to sculpt three-dimensional garment prototypes, fostering creative exploration and design experimentation.
  • Fashion Illustration: Enhance your drawing skills with fashion illustration techniques, mastering the art of sketching garments and breathing life into your design concepts with dynamic fashion sketches.
  • Fundamentals of Apparel Design: Gain valuable insights into the core principles of apparel design, including silhouette, fabric selection, and construction techniques, as you bring your unique design visions to fruition.

We extend an invitation to our students and the public alike to join us for Open Studio Hours, held weekly on Fridays from 2pm to 5pm. During these designated times, our INTERFORM sewing studio opens its doors to all, providing access to equipment and supplies for creative exploration. Whether you’re a seasoned student or an aspiring creator, feel free to utilize our studio space with minimal guidance, allowing you to pursue your sewing projects with flexibility and freedom.

  • One-on-One Private Class: Our one-on-one private classes offer personalized instruction tailored to your individual interests and goals. These classes serve as fundraising initiatives to support our free educational programs. Students have the freedom to choose what they want to learn and focus on, and our instructors will design the course accordingly. Class times, frequency, and schedules are accommodated to best suit the needs of the student.
  • Group Private Class: Join a group of up to six students for a collaborative and engaging learning experience. Our group private classes are designed with consideration for the skill levels and interests of each participant. Perfect for groups of close friends seeking a creative and memorable bonding opportunity, these classes provide a supportive environment where you can learn, create, and make lasting memories together.

The workshops are offered throughout the year, most of the time it focuses on catering to the dynamic demands of our students and community. From hat-making to holiday gifts crafting, and even introductory sessions on industrial machines, our workshops are designed to meet a wide range of interests and skill levels. Many of these workshops are open to the public free of charge, eliminating the need for enrollment with us. Keep an eye on our social media channels for updates on upcoming workshops, as spots tend to fill up quickly on a first-come, first-served basis. Come and join us as we embark on a voyage of creativity and education in our welcoming and accessible setting.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Beginner Sewing 101
  • Intermediate Apparel Construction
  • Advanced Pattern Making
  • Clothing Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Teen Fashion Design Bootcamp
  • Private Classes
  • Open Studio (open to the public)
  • Workshops (some open to the public)

Our sewing classes accommodate all skill levels. We conduct interviews with potential students to determine the best fit for their skill level.

Classes are held for 3 hours per week and typically run for 3 to 4 months.

Classes generally have 12 to 16 participants.

No, you don’t need to bring your own sewing machine. We provide all necessary supplies and materials for the class.

Yes, we offer private one-on-one sewing lessons for a fee.

Yes, participants must be 18 and over for regular classes and 13-17 years old for the Teen Fashion Design Bootcamp.

All classes and workshops are free, except for private classes. The cost varies depending on the desired course and duration.

Contact our Education Program Manager, Jessica McClendon, at jessica@interform.art to pre-register. We’ll add you to our waiting list and provide information on the next available session.

We offer both weekday and weekend classes, tailored to accommodate the availability and skill levels of our students.

Yes, language is not a barrier in our classes. We emphasize practical work and provide demonstrations to ensure understanding.

Yes, our students regularly participate in NWA Fashion Week and other INTERFORM events such as assemblies, pop-up shops, workshops, panel discussions, and more.

Our Teen Fashion Bootcamp for 2024 is scheduled from July 22nd to July 26th. From 11am – 3pm.

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