Beyond the Basics

Ready for more? 

We offer draping and assistance with translating your creative design ideas into a pattern and then taking that pattern into construction. 

Choose convenient sessions and discuss your class goal with Susan. During your sessions, under Susan's guidance, you will build your knowledge and improve your skills so that you can reach your goal.

There's no more convenient way to learn the basic techniques of creating a perfectly fitted pattern than by registering for our sessions. Use a photo, your creative design or a commercial pattern and translate your dream into reality!


Seeking inspiration? 


Draping is a method of pattern making that offers free expression of design. Use our 3 hour sessions to take Susan's Draping Class. 


In the Draping Class you class will: 


  • Create a style by working with muslin directly on a dress form
  • Learn the basics of working with the fabric grain on the form
  • Translate the draped fabric to the paper pattern

Pattern Making and Garment Construction

What do you want to sew next?

Now that your basic sloper pattern is complete, let’s put it to use! It's time to start work on a design of your choice. It can be based on a picture, a drawing, or by adapting a commercial pattern. All styles are possible, simple to advanced!


Susan will teach you how to create a pattern for your chosen design. You will be using your personalized sloper as the foundation for the required changes. When the changes are completed you will have made a new pattern that is ready to be cut and sewn in muslin. Next comes the final fitting adjustments and then it's time to sew it up in your fashion fabric. 

There's no time to lose! Register now for your first ongoing session with Susan. Continue taking her ongoing sessions as needed until you have perfected your personalized, one of a kind creation.

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Community Involvement

We proudly support the Sarasota Chapter of the American Sewing Guild and partner with them on educational events and charity projects within our community. 


Nasir Mahmud, owner of Pennie Fabrics, has a special interest in easing the burden of people dealing with cancer. Please contact him to request donations of time and fabric in support of your upcoming sewing or fashion fund raiser event for cancer research, support and education.

Pennie Fabrics

8854 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238

Phone: 941.484.0600

Email: or use our Contact Us Form.


Tuesday- Friday: 10AM-6PM

Saturday: 10AM-4PM

Monday and Sunday Close.