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RADICAL
FREE
DRAPING™

HAUTE
COUTURE

CORSETRY
Photo:
S. Hanna 

             THE LEHIGH VALLEY'S BEST FASHION DESIGN SCHOOL
                      BUCKS COUNTY'S FINEST FASHION SCHOOL
            THE ONLY COUTURE FASHION SCHOOL IN PENNSYLVANIA

                  Pamela's recent fashion students are now studying at the
top
 
        3 fashion colleges in the United States - Parsons, FIT & Pratt Institute.
     Several of Pamela's former students continued their studies at the top fashion
  college in the world, Paris' Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne

            Arts and Fashion Institute™ - featured in 2
national sewing magazines -
           
"THREADS" & "STITCHES" plus LEHIGH VALLEY STYLE, Radius magazine
    & 8-pg story on Pamela's Radical Free Draping™ in Feb THREADS magazine

NEW CLASSES EVERY 4 & 6 WEEKS -
Scroll down for class descriptions...


MASTER CLASSES


PAMELA PTAK'S
RADICAL FREE DRAPING™
Photo:
Tom Byrne
Model:
Amaris Perez










AUGUST
KIDS
CAMPS:
SewKids™
StyleKids™










TEEN ART
& FASHION
CLASSES
A Cosplay
Fashion
Photo Shoot
with
actress/model
Christine
Stauffer








FASHION RUNWAY

Show your work in a fashion show with NYC pro & Project Runway designer Pamela Ptak

  AFI™ presented two 2013 Pamela Ptak & student fashion shows in Bethlehem PA
   Student runway show was JUNE 7, 2014 in Riegelsville, PA  Bucks County


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                                                                                  SUMMER FASHION CLASSES 










WEDNESDAY
SEW CREATIVE™

Wednesday, July 23-Aug 27  10:30am-1pm  "SEW CREATIVE™"
Cost: $300 for 6 weeks  Students 13-adult   Instructor: Pamela Ptak

The Sew Creative class focuses on adding unique creative touches to your garments.
 The FUN way to enjoy your sewing & awaken your own creativity while you get the perfect fit you've always wanted & improve your skills! Pamela makes it her mission to increase your confidence and teach you rare creative techniques. Designed for adult & mature sewers who want to increase their creativity with commercial patterns and enjoy the creative process with other sewers in a fun & relaxed environment. This class may also be used to do original design work. To customize your garment's fit & perfect the patterns, paper pattern alterations 
& sewn fit muslins may be required. If you do not have pattern paper or muslin, you may purchase it from the instructor. SEWING MACHINES ARE PROVIDED IN CLASS, however you may bring your own portable if you prefer.   Bring to first class: your current or a new sewing project, sewing supplies & tools. Students may be added to class roster on first class day or after with instructor permission.

This class meets at AFI™ school gallery: 720 Easton Rd, Riegelsville PA 18077









THURS

TEEN FASHION SEWING

high school
student's
creative
redesign
of sweatshirt

Thursday,  August 7-28   4:30-6:30pm   "TEEN FASHION SEWING"  
Class cost: $160 for 4 weeks  Students 13-18  Instructor: Pamela Ptak

Learn to sew beautiful garments for your portfolio & to wear! Begin w/ basics - selecting pattern, textiles & trims, testing fit, cutting & sewing. Students start by sewing simple garments from "store-bought patterns." Instructor will guide you in selecting patterns & fabrics so you can go shopping to purchase supplies. Each week students learn new steps. Those who already sew may select more advanced patterns. SEWING MACHINES ARE PROVIDED IN CLASS! :D Bring to first class: your current or a new sewing project, sewing supplies, notebook & pencil.

This class meets at AFI™ school gallery: 720 Easton Rd, Riegelsville PA 18077




                                                           AUGUST -  DAY TOURS &  SUMMER CAMPS





FASHION
DESIGN
SOURCING
NEW YORK
CITY
Ombre Silks
at my fave
fabric store

August 23    9am-8pm    Fashion Design Sourcing Day Trip - New York City
$100 Students 13-adult  Guide/instructor: Pamela Ptak
Take a delightful fabric shopping adventure trip to NYC with designer Pamela Ptak to discover her favorite fabric stores. After meeting at AFI™ by 9am, Pamela will drive a small group in her car to NYC. You'll park & then shop your heart out in the garment district & two other neighborhoods for  trims, millinery & beads. She'll share her “top secret” sources. Wear comfortable walking shoes as we’ll be walking a lot. Bring money for lunch & dinner while on the trip (about $40 should do it) and any budget you like for fabric & trim shopping! You’ll be back at AFI™ around 8pm. Under 18 requires signed permission by parent or guardian. Date can be moved with enough student interest.








AUGUST
CAMP:
SewKids™
age 8-12

Arts and Fashion Institute™ -
Best Sewing classes for Kids!

CAMP   4 class days in August        Noon-2PM          "SewKids™"
Class cost: $150           Kids 8-12         Instructor: Pamela Ptak

A fun & easy starter class for kids age 8-12.  Young sewers love designing their own sewing projects & garments! Beginning with simple steps, each student will discover methods to design & sew a beautiful skirt or a cloth portfolio/art case. They'll do proper measuring, pattern making, pinning & cutting, then sew their project together by machine. During this class, students will also learn about sewing with commercial patterns, reading pattern instructions and experience new tools & techniques! Every new session of SewKids™ features a different craft/sewing project so students can take more than one without repeats. Students will need to shop between class 1 & 2 to get their fabrics, trims & materials used to make their project.
This class meets at AFI™ school gallery: 720 Easton Rd, Riegelsville PA 18077

SewKids!™
Boys & Girls
8-12 learn
hand skills
& tool use
Seen here:
Cute Stuffed
Monster

Arts and Fashion Institute™ -
Best Sewing classes for Kids!




StyleKids™
age 8-12 learn
hand skills
& discover
draping
& textiles

Arts and Fashion Institute™ -
Best Sewing classes for Kids!

CAMP   4 class days in August        2-4PM         "StyleKids™"
Class cost: $150           Kids 8-12        Instructor: Pamela Ptak

A fun & easy starter class for girls & boys age 8-12.  Through a series of simple art projects, each student will learn about color combining, proportions, textiles, even how to sketch people in different types of clothing (working with a kid-friendly version of a fashion croquis - the garment industry standard of a fashion figure on which designers sketch clothing.) Each week a different aspect of art & textiles is covered. Students will make an art collage to discover beautiful and unique color combinations. They'll explore textiles & fabrics of many types and make a texture sampler. They'll even explore dyeing fabrics with kid-safe Kool-aid as dye! Every new session of StyleKids™ features a different craft/sewing project so students can take more than one without repeats. All art supplies, fabrics, tools & materials used in class assigned projects & samplers are included in the class cost for each StyleKids™ session.

This class meets at AFI™ school gallery: 720 Easton Rd, Riegelsville PA 18077

StyleKids™
Original
draped
dresses
by kids
age 8-12

Arts and Fashion Institute™ -
Best Sewing classes for Kids!







CAMP
StyleKids™
age 8-12

Kids enjoy
colors, textiles
& fashion art









TEEN
FASHION
CAMP

"DRAPE
DRAW
DESIGN"
Age 13-21

CAMP     4 Wednesdays, August 6-27         1-6pm         "Drape-Draw-Design"
Class cost: $250 for 20 class hours        Students age 13-21        Instructor: Pamela Ptak

The Arts and Fashion Institute™ offers teens a rare glimpse inside a real designer's life by focusing summer camps on each student's originality & creativity! No clone classes here!

We start each camp by investigating major designer fashions from Pamela's immense garment collection, including pieces by Alexander McQueen, Betsey Johnson, Lanvin, Balenciaga, Vivienne Westwood, Junya Watanabe & many more. Once students understand that each designer has a signature style and that here THE SKY REALLY IS THE LIMIT, they'll drape, draw & design their own incredible creations guided by professional designer and Project Runway alumni Pamela Ptak to bring their unique ideas to life. Students will drape their original designs in 3D on Pamela's professional dress forms selected in class to match their size and padded to exactly match their curves! After creating their unique patterns in muslin, students will learn to "true-in" their muslin patterns and transfer them to paper, then cut them in real cloth to sew and wear! All draping & drawing supplies are provided at AFI™ in the price of the class. Sewing machines are also provided so there is no need to bring your own, (but you may if you prefer working on yours.) Students will shop for & purchase their selected fashion fabric & trims between weeks 2 & 3. All students in AFI™ classes are included in Pamela's annual AFI™ student fashion shows if they wish to participate. This year's spring show will be held June 7th, 2014. Watch website for details.

TEEN
FASHION
CAMP

"DRAPE
DRAW
DESIGN"
Age 13-21





                                   NEW FALL CLASSES START SEPTEMBER 9TH



Tues Sept 9- Oct 14   4:30-6:30pm    "FASHION DESIGN 3D:
                                                            SURFACE EMBELLISHMENT & DRAPING"

Cost: $240 for 6 weeks    Students 13-adult    Instructor: Pamela Ptak

Discover the delights of a fashion design workroom as you try some incredible 3-dimentional art forms used by fashion designers! During this 6 week class, students will work with needle & thread to make samples of a number of surface embellishments from a variety of fine silk fabrics, beads, sequins, etc. They'll also work on sample size dress forms to develop their own unique sculptural gowns & dresses from a variety of fine fabrics supplied by the instructor. When possible, students will have their in process and finished work photographed to record their creative progress. All supplies are provided in class. No additional supplies or purchases required by students or parents. This class is especially suited to beginners and students heading to fashion school after they finish high school.

This class meets at AFI™ school gallery: 720 Easton Rd, Riegelsville PA 18077











SEW CREATIVE™

Dress bodice
covered in
hand-applied
bias fluting
w/garnet gem
strands over
shoulders

Wednesday, Sept 10-Oct 15  10:30am-1pm  "SEW CREATIVE™"
Cost: $300 for 6 weeks  Students 13-adult   Instructor: Pamela Ptak

The Sew Creative class focuses on adding unique creative touches to your garments.
 The FUN way to enjoy your sewing & awaken your own creativity while you get the perfect fit you've always wanted & improve your skills! Pamela makes it her mission to increase your confidence and teach you rare creative techniques. Designed for adult & mature sewers who want to increase their creativity with commercial patterns and enjoy the creative process with other sewers in a fun & relaxed environment. This class may also be used to do original design work. To customize your garment's fit & perfect the patterns, paper pattern alterations 
& sewn fit muslins may be required. If you do not have pattern paper or muslin, you may purchase it from the instructor. SEWING MACHINES ARE PROVIDED IN CLASS, however you may bring your own portable if you prefer.   Bring to first class: your current or a new sewing project, sewing supplies & tools. Students may be added to class roster on first class day or after with instructor permission.

This class meets at AFI™ school gallery: 720 Easton Rd, Riegelsville PA 18077





SewKids™
age 8-12 learn
hand skills
& tool use


Arts and Fashion Institute™ -
Best Sewing classes for Kids!

Wed, Sept 10-Oct 15        430-630pm          "SewKids™"
Class cost: $240 for 6 weeks          Kids 8-12         Instructor: Pamela Ptak

A fun & easy starter class for kids age 8-12.  Young sewers love designing their own sewing projects & garments! Beginning with simple steps, each student will get comfortable with sewing on a sewing machine by making mini samplers. They'll get familiar with pattern instructions, learn proper measuring, and even discover how to design & sew a beautiful skirt or a cloth portfolio/art case. They'll discover simple pattern making, pinning & cutting, then start sewing their project together by machine. During this class, students will also experience new tools & techniques! Every new session of SewKids™ features a different craft/sewing project so students can take more than one without repeats. Students will need to shop between class 1 & 2 to get their fabrics, trims & materials used to make their project.

This class meets at AFI™ school gallery: 720 Easton Rd, Riegelsville PA 18077

SewKids™
age 8-12 learn
hand skills
& tool use


Arts and Fashion Institute™ -
Best Sewing classes for Kids!






THURS


TEEN FASHION SEWING

hand-setting
flounces at
ARTS AND FASHION INSTITUTE™ 

Thursday,  Sept 11-Oct 16   4:30-6:30pm   "TEEN FASHION SEWING"  
Class cost: $240 for 6 weeks  Students 13-18  Instructor: Pamela Ptak

Learn to sew beautiful garments for your portfolio & to wear! Begin w/ basics - selecting pattern, textiles & trims, testing fit, cutting & sewing. Students start by sewing simple garments from "store-bought patterns." Instructor will guide you in selecting patterns & fabrics so you can go shopping to purchase supplies. Each week students learn new steps. Those who already sew may select more advanced patterns. SEWING MACHINES ARE PROVIDED IN CLASS! :D Bring to first class: your current or a new sewing project, sewing supplies, notebook & pencil.

This class meets at AFI™ school gallery: 720 Easton Rd, Riegelsville PA 18077





DRAPING
STRETCH
KNITS:
Tops &
Shrugs
original
design by
Pamela
Ptak

Photo:
Tom Byrne

Thurs Sept 11-Oct 16   7-930pm   Draping Stretch Knits: Dresses, Tops & Shrugs"
Class cost: $300 for 6 weeks   Students 13-adult    Instructor: Pamela Ptak

Learn how to drape stretch knits on a dress form to design original dresses, tops, shrugs and intriguingly detailed tees. First, learn the basics of draping stretch knits, then create your own variations. There's no limits to what you can do with draping.
Bring to first class:
scissors, straight pins, no. 2 pencils, and 3 yards of inexpensive white or very light colored 2way or 4way stretch knit fabric. If you do not have a good source of inexpensive knit fabrics, you may purchase fabrics for $4-5/yd from teacher in first class.






New
Fall
Classes!










Fashion
Design
Sourcing

North of
Philly

Coming again soon!  10am-6pm    Fashion Design Sourcing Day Trip - North of Philly
$50/person   13-adult    Guide/instructor: Pamela Ptak
Take a delightful fabric shopping adventure trip with designer Pamela Ptak to discover her favorite fabric stores. After meeting at AFI™ by 10am, Pamela will drive a small group in her car to her “top secret” sources. She'll tour you through and teach about special fabrics available in various price points. Wear comfortable walking shoes as we’ll be walking a lot. Bring about $25 for a meal while on the trip and any budget you like for fabric & trim shopping! You’ll be back at AFI™ around 6pm. Under 18 requires signed permission by parent or guardian.  Date can be moved with enough student interest.









Fashion
Marketing
Day Trip
New
York
City
Bergdorf
Goodman
windows

Coming again soon!  9am-8pm    Fashion Marketing Day Trip - New York City
$100/person    13-adult     Guide/instructor: Pamela Ptak
The garment industry has two strong and mutually beneficial aspects: design & marketing. To be a good designer, you must understand sales & marketing and to be a good marketer, you need to understand design. 

Each Fashion Marketing Day Trip takes you on a shopping adventure, not to purchase, but to learn about fashion marketing. You’ll search the big city shops for current trends and discuss which fashion lines are exhibiting strong branding. You’ll receive hand-outs to fill in details on market trends so you’ll have a record of the analysis methods we used during the shopping trip. We’ll start the day by arriving at AFI™ by 9am to gather for the group drive, stop for a quick lunch & dinner on the trip between all the fun store visits and return to AFI™ around 8pm.

Dress stylishly so you’ll feel comfortable in the upscale boutiques, but wear comfortable walking shoes as we’ll be walking all day. Bring a small note pad & pen and money for lunch & dinner. About $40 should do it. Under 18 requires signed permission by parent or guardian. Date can be moved with enough student interest.











PERFECT
MOULAGE
PLASTIC WRAP
DRESSFORM

workshops & by appointment  “PERFECT MOULAGE” DRESSFORM
Cost: $80/person             Instructor: Pamela Ptak

Working with clear plastic wrap, clear packing tape and markers, each student will have their body copied over in plastic and then marked by the instructor with the ideal placement for centers, princess seams, waist, hip & apex levels, etc. These plastic wrap forms are highly accurate and working with them you will achieve design results equal to working with the original cloth French moulage. Because the plastic version holds its 3 dimensional shape, it can be removed from your standard dress form and stored on a closet shelf when not in use.

BRING TO CLASS: two rolls of plastic wrap and two big rolls of clear packing tape. Students should wear bra & undergarments which position your body in your selected silhouette for designing garments. Wear or bring to class a snug fitting top & leggings so that we are not wrapping the plastic directly against your skin.

THIS WORKSHOP MEETS AT PAMELA'S PRIVATE STUDIO -
595 SUMMIT LANE RIEGELSVILLE, PA 18077









MENSWEAR
DESIGN
returning
late fall 2014

"Menswear Design"         Age 13-adult        Instructor: Pamela Ptak

Learn the special features, challenges & differences in menswear! Each day will cover menswear from a different angle, including an introduction to fashion drawing for menswear & drawing flats, draping with muslin on a form, working with slopers for flat pattern making and creating cohesive collections. We'll discuss important industry standards for construction, artistic concepts including color combining & proportion, and fine textiles. Students will be introduced to exciting new directions being explored in the garment industry today.

All handouts & drawing supplies plus 2 yds muslin & 3 yds pattern paper are included. Instructor's drafting tools can be used in class. (Students may purchase tools muslin & pattern paper at AFI if they want a set of their own to use at home.) Bring to first class: Notebook & pencils, set of images (printed from internet or torn from magazines) of menswear they admire, any example of their own sewing work if they have sewn before. (Sewing is not a requirement for this camp.)
This class meets at designer's studio: 595 Summit Lane, Riegelsville PA 18077










PAMELA
PTAK'S
HAUTE
COUTURE
MASTER
CLASS

10 Saturdays

Busk-front
laced-back
highly embellished
brocade corset

10 Sats   Noon-5pm   “HAUTE COUTURE CORSETED EVENINGWEAR”

Class cost: $1,000 (50 study hrs) Master class prerequisites: sewing, draping experience, interview and permission of instructor               Instructor: Pamela Ptak

This is the graduate-level class in Corseted Evening Wear I developed for Drexel University while I worked in NYC for 3 years on collections for the Paris Haute Couture. "Haute Couture Corseted Eveningwear" includes advanced lessons in draping, pattern making, machine and fine hand sewing. Focusing on evening wear with visible corsetry or hidden foundation layers and/or corselets (also called French linings), students sketch a set of gowns, then select & create one of them using haute couture techniques, draping, pattern making & couture hand finishing work. Through Pamela Ptak's draping demos of rare techniques, explanations & demos of advanced sewing samples, students will learn to create couture samples they’ll proudly show to future employers or clients. During this course, each student will:

1. drape & pin a half muslin corselet, convert it to full paper patterns & then sew "in full" in muslin with zipper for dress form (or model) fitting
2. create a set of fashion illustrations of viable options for final gown
3. drape & pin a half muslin evening gown, convert it to paper patterns, sew it "in full" in muslin for fitting and then sew it "in full" in fine fabric for final critique
4. machine & hand sew samples of couture finishing techniques for sample book
5. gather a picture swipe file of properly identified corseted evening wear variations

This 10 week class meets on Saturdays with several longer gaps near end for easier sewing home work between fittings & finishing.

Supplied in class: Various size dress forms, sewing machines

Supplies student must bring: Sewing, cutting & drafting tools, 5-10 yds. draping muslin, 20-30 yds. pattern paper, all fine fabrics, notions & internal supplies required for gown construction. Instructor will begin providing specialized supply lists as each student selects final sketch.


Original
corset
pattern by
instructor
Pamela
Ptak

visible
surface
corsetry with
busk front,
laced back
for subtle
tight-lacing



PAMELA
PTAK'S
HAUTE
COUTURE
MASTER
CLASS

10 Saturdays

gravity defying
corsetry








RADICAL
FREE-
DRAPING™


FRI. EVE
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
OCT 10-12




RADICAL
FREE-
DRAPING™


FRI. EVE
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
OCT 10-12

3 days Fri-Sun Oct 10-12   Pamela Ptak's "RADICAL FREE DRAPING™”
Class cost: $240    Students need sewing experience Instructor: Pamela Ptak

For the serious draping student who wants to create innovative new forms with their draping. This is an advanced class, but undergrads and home sewers will succeed beautifully with an understanding of sewing. Some draping and/or pattern making is useful but not required to understand class lessons.. Instructor will give draping demos of rare techniques to teach advanced draping theories.

 Working exclusively in muslin on the dress form, students will practice advanced theories in draping with unconventional shapes & silhouettes. The methods used in this class are not found in fashion design textbooks and require the student to set aside the conventional “rules” of draping/pattern making and accept unique new routes to creativity with cloth & paper.
Class Intro Friday evening 7-9pm, Draping Sat noon-7pm w/dinner break & Sun noon-4pm.
Bring to class: notebook, scissors, pins, 10+ yds of medium weight muslin, pencils for marking and drafting tools for truing in the patterns you create... requires draping, some pattern making, & machine sewing.



RADICAL
FREE-
DRAPING™


FRI. EVE
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
OCT 10-12
A muslin of
Pamela Ptak's
"Radical Free-
Draping™"
waiting to be
translated to
pattern paper
& final cloth




RADICAL
FREE-
DRAPING™

A smoothly
fitted
version of
Pamela Ptak's
"Radical Free-
Draping™"






                                            NOW OFFERING PRIVATE FASHION STUDIES
Private study in beginner through advanced & even master's level pattern making, draping, sewing, couture techniques, embellishing, fashion illustration & fashion photography for portfolios is available by appointment with Pamela Ptak at a rate of $40/hour primarily offered on Tues, Wed, Thurs & Fri between classes and some weekend days. Pamela Ptak is the only fashion instructor in the US with 3 years experience working on collections for the Paris Haute Couture. Call 610-346-6071 to schedule an appointment.



NOW OFFERING PRIVATE FASHION STUDIES









THURS

Fashion
Illustration

Croquis &
pencils by
instructor
Pamela Ptak,
inks:
Scott Hanna
Color:
Gina Going

Returning soon!   7-9pm   "FASHION ILLUSTRATION" 

Class cost: $480  Students 13-adult   Instructor: Pamela Ptak


Learn to draw fashion figures & sketch clothing to create your own original designs! This 12 week class teaches you the industry standard proportions of the fashion figure called a "croquis", how to sketch your own original croquis from scratch, elements of human anatomy for fashion drawing, basics of rendering textiles and how cloth behaves on the body. You'll learn to work in several mediums - watercolor, marker & colored pencil - to create beautiful color illustrations. Students will end the course with a mini collection of fashion sketches, a set of professional fashion croquis, and confidence to design & sketch! Fashion Illustration is the perfect class in which to prepare a fashion college portfolio or for beginning college level illustration.
Bring to first class: 11"x14" or larger tracing paper or vellum pad, watercolor paper pad, no. 2 pencils. Additional supply list will be provided at first class.







THURS
Fashion
Illustration

Drawings by
Instructor
Pamela Ptak










Fashion Marketing Day Trip
King of Prussia mall



Fall 2014 on a Saturday  9am-8pm    Fashion Marketing Day Trip - King of Prussia mall
$100/person    13-adult     Guide/instructor: Pamela Ptak
The garment industry has two strong and mutually beneficial aspects: design & marketing. To be a good designer, you must understand sales & marketing and to be a good marketer, you need to understand design. 

Each Fashion Marketing Day Trip takes you on a shopping adventure, not to purchase, but to learn about fashion marketing. You’ll search the big city shops for current trends and discuss which fashion lines are exhibiting strong branding. You’ll receive hand-outs to fill in details on market trends so you’ll have a record of the analysis methods we used during the shopping trip. We’ll start the day by arriving at AFI™ by 9am to gather for the group drive, stop for a quick lunch & dinner on the trip between all the fun store visits and return to AFI™ around 8pm.

Dress stylishly so you’ll feel comfortable in the upscale boutiques, but wear comfortable walking shoes as we’ll be walking all day. Bring a small note pad & pen and money for lunch & dinner. $30 or so should do it. Under 18 requires signed permission by parent or guardian. Date can be moved with enough student interest.





COUTURE
CORSETRY

2 DAY
WEEKEND
WORKSHOP
11am-4pm 

Photo:
S. Hanna 

Returning soon! 2 days Sat & Sun. 11am-630pm  "COUTURE CORSETRY"
Cost: $300 (15 study hrs)
Students need sewing experience  Instructor: Pamela Ptak

Learn the inner workings and perfect structures found in the world's finest couture corsetry. Couturier Pamela Ptak will give you an insiders view of corset making, teach you what materials & hardware to use in a variety of corsets, recommend styles for your particular needs and answer your questions about this most beautiful fashion garment.

Day 1, Saturday, begins with analysis of Pamela's collection of corsets to learn the different types. Then you'll get your measurements taken for your own first fit muslin. Students should wear bra & undergarments which position your body in your preferred silhouette for corsetry. Pamela will then start you converting your measurements to pattern paper to cut in heavy muslin so you can sew up your fit muslin for Sunday's class. Students are welcome to stay in the AFI school studios until as late as 8pm to finish your fit muslins.
 
Day 2, Sunday you'll have your fit muslin evaluated & corrected for fit, then convert the changes back to your paper patterns, followed by going over all the remaining details for stitching, boning, lining & finishing. This workshop covers both simple laced, busk-front & tight lacing corsets with a variety of textiles from coutil to silk brocade, denim, wool, velvet, duchess silk & even lighter weight textiles.

As some detailed & decorated corsets can take 100-200 hours to complete, you will not be making a full corset in this workshop. You'll be making a full fit muslin and a detailed notebook with sketches, notes & samples of a variety of corset details so you have a design vocabulary to complete a number of popular corsets.

Bring to first class: Notebook & pencils, sewing & cutting tools, 1-2 yards of heavy-weight stiff muslin, 4-5 yds rigilene (sew-through) boning for your fit muslin, textiles or swatches if you have specific fabrics you'd like to use on your first corset. Prepare your list of questions.

If you're traveling long distance for this or any weekend workshop at AFI™, feel free to contact us at 610-346-6071 for names of local motels and bed & breakfasts in the region.

THIS WORKSHOP MEETS AT PAMELA'S PRIVATE STUDIO -
595 SUMMIT LANE RIEGELSVILLE, PA 18077






DRAPING
WOVENS

Arts and Fashion Institute™ 
Bucks County & Lehigh Valley PA

Returning soon!  Fall 2014  - 2 1/2hr classes in  "Draping Wovens"  
Class cost: $300 for 6 weeks  Students 13-adult  Instructor: Pamela Ptak

The garment industry acknowledges 5 basic silhouettes which form the basis of many other forms used in design. In this class, you'll learn to perfectly drape several of the basic silhouettes. Working on full-size dress forms, each student will drape their own garment patterns in muslin, then true it in and re-pin it as a 1/2 body muslin. As you develop an understanding of the balance, proportion & scale of these very important basics, you'll begin to discover the nuances which make up a designer's personal style. The understanding of draping also provides a fine background to sewers looking for perfect fit. This class is especially suited to beginning drapers, as well as students heading to further fashion schooling. 
Bring to first class
: 5 yards of medium weight muslin, sharp fabric scissors, no. 2 pencils and notebook. Drafting tools required for class will be shown in 1st class and may be purchased at the school.

DRAPING
STRETCH
KNITS:
Tops &
Shrugs
original
design by
Pamela
Ptak

Photo:
Tom Byrne

Returning soon!  Fall 2014 - 2 1/2 hr classes  Draping Knits: Dresses, Tops & Shrugs"
Class cost: $200 for 4 weeks  Students 13-adult  Instructor: Pamela Ptak

Learn how to drape stretch knits on a dress form to design original dresses, tops, shrugs and intriguingly detailed tees. First, learn the basics of draping stretch knits, then create your own variations. There's no limits to what you can do with draping.
Bring to first class:
scissors, straight pins, no. 2 pencils, and 3 yards of inexpensive white or very light colored 2way or 4way stretch knit fabric. If you do not have a good source of inexpensive knit fabrics, you may purchase fabrics for $4-5/yd from teacher in first class.

BIAS DRAPING


Original
bias dress
by instructor
Pamela Ptak
at Philadelphia
Fashion Week

Returning soon!    "INTRO BIAS DRAPING"    
Students 13-adult   Instructor: Pamela Ptak

One of the rarest skills a fashion designer can offer is a strong understanding of the way different fabrics behave when draped on the bias. This class is an introduction to the principals of bias draping which will help students enrich their fashion skills & 3-dimensional design vocabulary.  Taught by Pamela Ptak, who studied bias design at the French founded Maison Sapho & at FIT in NYC and whose original bias draped garments are in private collections around the world, this class is a fun introduction to rare bias draping theories. Starting with basics of bias, students will drape a number of original designs and develop them through to finished paper patterns. Instructor will explain differences in handling the sewing of garments cut on the bias.
Bring to first class: 4-6 yds medium weight draping muslin, scissors, needles & threads, pattern making tools, notepad & pencils. Draping muslin, pattern making paper, and fashion design drafting tools & supplies are available for sale in class if you do not own them.

BIAS DRAPING


Original
design
open-
backed
dress
by instructor
Pamela Ptak





NOW OFFERING PRIVATE FASHION STUDIES

Advanced
draping,
pattern
making
& sewing

Pamela on
"Project Runway"
red carpet
wearing her
"Radical
Free
Draping™"
design


FASHION RUNWAY

Pro models wearing Pamela Ptak Couture prepping to walk the runway

Photo: Jeff Reeder

LOCATION
The Arts & Fashion Institute™ is located in Riegelsville, PA 18077
Upper Bucks County, Delaware Valley & Lehigh Valley area.

CLASSES
Classes meet at 2 locations...
Some meet at the artist's studios - 595 Summit Ln, Riegelsville, PA 18077
And some meet at AFI™ Gallery 720 Easton Rd. Riegelsville, PA 18077
Class location is noted at the end of each class description.
Questions? Call 610-346-6071 or email ptakhanna@aol.com 



For those in northeast USA, AFI is just over an hours drive from NYC & Philadelphia. Call 610-346-6071. Special class requests are welcome! Contact us with questions or requests about specialized programs for your college, school or group. We're more than happy to oblige! :D 

REGISTRATION INFO

Early registration is recommended as classes have limited enrollment. Registration for Scott Hanna's or Pamela Ptak's classes may be accepted on 1st class day or early in the term if the class is not full. Registration is accepted through the mail or in person accompanied by a check for cost of class. Download registration form here...

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TUITION PAYMENT POLICY
Tuition & set kit fees must be paid upon registration. Tuition may be paid in cash (in person only) or by check. Students wishing a receipt must provide a stamped, self addressed envelope with payment. There is a $25 cancellation fee. Refunds will be made for classes cancelled 5 days or more before class starts minus the $25 cancellation fee. There will be no refund made for absences or for classes cancelled due to inclement weather. The Arts and Fashion Institute reserves the right to change or substitute instructors or discontinue any class without incurring liability or obligation.

CLASSROOM POLICY
Registered students and the instructor are the only individuals permitted in the classrooms during class time. Other individuals, including family members, friends and students not registered for the scheduled class are not allowed in the rooms unless they have the permission from the school administration & the instructor and are identified with a visitor's guest badge.

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO POLICY
The Arts and Fashion Institute™ reserves the right to use photographs or video taken during classes and other programs for the promotion of the school & its instructors. Any student, parent or guardian who does not wish to be photographed or have a child photographed must notify the Arts and Fashion Institute upon registration.

Questions? Call 610-346-6071 or email ptakhanna@aol.com