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Expert High-End Couture Draper, Patternmaker & Seamstress
Hilary P.

194 hours tutoring

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Hourly Rate: $100

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Hilary P.'s Photo

Expert High-End Couture Draper, Patternmaker & Seamstress
Expert High-End Couture Draper, Patternmaker & Seamstress
Hilary P.

194 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

194 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

About Hilary


Bio

I require all of my students to be fully vaccinated if they decide to come to my studio for in-person lessons!
By infusing traditional couture techniques with a modern sensibility, you can bring your garment design projects to life by using techniques that are (sadly) dying off due to mass production. With over 40 years of work under my belt in the Fashion Development and Costuming industries, I can teach you how to create your designs in a way that displays a distinctive old-school flair...

I require all of my students to be fully vaccinated if they decide to come to my studio for in-person lessons!
By infusing traditional couture techniques with a modern sensibility, you can bring your garment design projects to life by using techniques that are (sadly) dying off due to mass production. With over 40 years of work under my belt in the Fashion Development and Costuming industries, I can teach you how to create your designs in a way that displays a distinctive old-school flair that will get your work noticed by professionals!

I am a recognized expert in Patternmaking, Draping, High-End Sewing & Sample Making, Custom Grading, All Handwork Crafts, Custom Dying, Primitive Pleating, Millinery, and Corsetry skills.

Please contact me if you are interested in learning some high-end couture techniques, either for a specific project you have lined up or just in general for fun!


Education

F.I.T( fashion institute of technology) new york
Design

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $100
  • Rate details: Ask about my discount rates for current fashion students and seniors.
  • Lesson cancellation: 1 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Needlework

Needlework

I have worked in the Fashion and Costuming Industries for over 40 years. I am an expert in most needle handcrafts like crochet, knitting, embroidery, hand-tailoring, and hand-work finishing. I also have professional experience doing millinery, lace darning, antique garment repair, and beading.

Sports/Recreation

Needlework,

Needlework

I have worked in the Fashion and Costuming Industries for over 40 years. I am an expert in most needle handcrafts like crochet, knitting, embroidery, hand-tailoring, and hand-work finishing. I also have professional experience doing millinery, lace darning, antique garment repair, and beading.
Sewing

Sewing

I have worked in the Fashion and Costuming Industries for over 40 years. I went to FIT in New York during the early '80s and began my career working in the High-End Couture Shop Basuli as a draper, patternmaker, and seamstress making custom cocktail dresses and evening gowns for their clients. I moved to L.A. in 1987 and have been bouncing back and forth between Fashion and Costuming ever since.

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Patient and Very detailed

Hillary is amazing at guiding me with detailed instructions which is quite amazing online. She builds your confidence and is patient with her directions. I was not sure how online sewing would work but it appears to be successful! She is an exceptional teacher.

Patricia, 10 lessons with Hilary
Tutor responded:

Thank you so much, Patricia! You are a pleasure to work with, and you do a fantastic job of following instructions that come thru a screen from thousands of miles away! lol :D

Excellent Teacher! Very knowledgeable!

Great lesson with Hilary! Not only is she extremely professional, she is also very knowledgeable of her craft and the workings of the fashion industry as a whole. Had a very hands-on/efficient lesson and already learned a lot of practical knowledge about draping/garment design. Can’t wait to learn more!

Cecilia , 11 lessons with Hilary
Tutor responded:

Thank you so much, Cecilia! You are picking up basic draping skills VERY quickly and are well on your way to being able to create your own designs from start to finish :D. It's always very exciting to see an idea that starts out on a flat piece of paper, transform into a 3D work of art that you can wear!

amazing teacher

Not only does Hillary have an in-depth knowledge and multiple years of experience in her field. She boosts an extensive education also. Such a joy to work with, but she will keep you on your “toes”.

Deborah , 7 lessons with Hilary
Tutor responded:

You are such a great student! Your enthusiasm is a HUGE plus. Pretty soon you will be able to barrel ahead without supervision ;)

Hilary is the best!

I love Hilary as both a teacher and a person! She is hilarious and will have you laughing the entire class. She is literally a dream come true for me as I’m a self taught seamstress who is in need of some guidance. With her help I have confidence that I can master and perfect my craft! Go Hilary!!!

Anonymous, 5 lessons with Hilary
Tutor responded:

Thank you! You are a blast too lol. You are a very talented Designer who just needs a little guidance with some tricky sewing techniques. The patterning for your designs will make a lot more sense after the in-studio "boot camp" session coming up in about a month!

Very informative

Had the pleasure of meeting Hilary and she got me started in the right direction of how to copy my favorite pair of pants. Wish I had met Hilary before I started listening to misleading YouTube videos lol. Looking forward to taking more lessons.

Kristian , 1 lesson with Hilary
Tutor responded:

We'll get you all fixed up! You were pretty darned close, but were mislead by YouTube as to how to deal with the side seam lol :(

Thorough and knowledgeable!

We're working on making a dress from a picture and for the first lesson we dove right into the basics of draping. I'm using a stretch fabric so it's a little tricky. Hilary was very thorough in her explanations and I've learned so much already, thank you!

Ann, 5 lessons with Hilary
Tutor responded:

You are so welcome Ann! You will be off and running on your own after you finish this project. You have a natural ability when it comes to draping. All you needed was a little guidance and a few pointers :D

super awesome down to earth teacher!

I loved my class with Hilary! She is a great teacher and also a very unique spunky creative soul and so much fun to work with.

Anonymous, 5 lessons with Hilary
Tutor responded:

Thank you so much Kara! Back atcha lol :D

Awesome Tutor

I learned how to set up my machine and began sewing right away. Hilary was energetic and patient with me as I am a beginner. I am looking forward to learning more from her.

Stephanie, 6 lessons with Hilary
Tutor responded:

Thank you so much Stephanie! You are a VERY fast learner, so you should be well on your way to creating your own designs very soon. Keep up with your homework and it will be sooner than you think :D

VERY knowledgeable, helpful, accommodating, and experienced

Hilary is SO knowledgable and helpful. I was very skeptical about doing virtual sewing/pattern-making lessons, but decided to give it a shot anyway. BOY am I glad that I did! I honestly forget that it's virtual because she's so good at making it seem like we are in person. She is very good at making things clear, whether explaining it or demonstrating it through different camera set-ups. She's very personable and friendly, and a wizard when it comes to this stuff. I'm so grateful that I've found her - HIGHLY recommend. I've only had 3 lessons so far and feel like I've learned so much!!!

Betsy, 9 lessons with Hilary
Tutor responded:

Thank you so much Betsy! I am so glad that my webcam set-up is working the way I had intended. You are a NATURAL drafter with how you use the flat patterning tools, and you pick up on the patterning principles I show you so quickly! You will be able to pattern and create your own designs sooner than you might think!

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