Suzy Furrer has over 35 years’ experience in the fashion industry. She began her career as a freelance patternmaker and directed the development of capsule collections for small fashion companies. Suzy is the Founder and Director of Apparel Arts, a Bay Area fashion design school established in 1996.


Suzy developed a comprehensive curriculum to give students in-depth training to be strong candidates to enter the workforce in apparel or costume design. She continues to teach classes in pattern drafting, textiles, sewing, and design while directing a team of instructors for the Apparel Arts’ curriculum.


Apparel Arts has graduated hundreds of students who currently work in the apparel or costuming industries. In addition, she is an instructor for GAP, Inc.’s Product Development Immersion Program. Suzy teaches and speaks at sewing and craft conferences, sewing guilds, and art schools and has taught classes for the employees of entertainment giants Pixar and Lucas Films.


She is the author of Building Patterns, The Architecture of Women’s Clothing. Last, but not least, Suzy has taught online pattern drafting classes for Craftsy.com since 2011 and has consistently been in the top percentage of in-demand instructors. 

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