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How many class sessions are offered per year?   

There are four eight-week sessions per year (winter, spring, summer and fall). Class offerings rotate. The pattern making classes are taught in order starting with the winter session.

How much is a class?

$299 for an eight week class / $225 for a six week class

How are the classes structured?

Classes meet once a week for six or eight weeks. Classes are live on Zoom. Each weekly class is 1.5 hours with about three hours of homework between classes. Suzy is available by email  during the week to answer questions, check homework, and keep you motivated and moving forward. Each class is recorded on Zoom. Students have access to that recording for eight weeks. Class minimum is six. Most classes have a maximum of 15. 

When do I get links and class materials?

Links, supplies lists and class materials are sent about a week before the class start date.

What if I need to miss a class?

We understand that life obligations can get in the way of class. Let me know if you will not be making a class. You will receive the recording of the class. Watch the recording and let me know if you have any questions.

What if I need to leave early from a class?

Let me know in advance or by using the chat function during class. You will receive the recording of the class so you won’t miss a minute of information.

What are the guidelines on communicating outside of class? 

Email Suzy at with any questions, comments or homework assignments. You will generally get a response within 24-48 hours (M-F). 

What happens if my internet goes down?

Just log back in when you can. We will keep the recording going so you will not miss any content. 

What happens if Apparel Arts’ internet  goes down?

This is a rare occurrence, but I like to be prepared. An email will be sent  notifying you that the class may be delayed. Log in when the class is supposed to start and re-login every 15 minutes after class has started to see if we are up and running. If the internet is still down and I have not logged in, wait for further instruction, I will communicate with you via email. If it is a major outage, I will reschedule the class.

What if my e-book is not downloading?

Be sure to allow time for the full book to download on your first try. Do not refresh/exit out until the book is fully downloaded. If you are still having difficulty, email You will only be able to download the book to one device, The file comes as a downloadable and printable.

Is Building Patterns available as a hard copy?

No. It is available as a downloadable and printable e-book. I recommend printing it and putting it into a binder or have it bound at a copy shop.

Do the pattern making classes need to be taken in order?

Not necessarily, but you do need a bodice sloper for most of the patternmaking classes so taking moulage/bodice sloper early is a good idea unless you already have a sloper.

How do I request a class refund?

Full refunds are given up to seven days before the class starts. No refunds will be given within seven days of the start of the class. To get a refund, email Attach your receipt. Let us know the reason for the refund. Refunds are given through PayPal, Venmo or Zelle.

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