Asheville School for the Apparel Arts

Elevating a rich textile tradition in a contemporary context

Current class offerings


Patternmaking and Design   

Students follow a set curriculum at their own pace.  Using either their own measurements or a dress from, students hand-draft exercises in skirts, moulage, dart manipulation, seamlines, necklines, collars, sleeves, pants, and garments. Patterns will be drafted, sewn, and fit in class, and students can expect 2-5 hours of patternmaking and sewing homework per week. Class size is limited to 6 students. Students attend class once per week for 3 hours.  Cost: $250/mo. Students can expect to finish the full curriculum in a year and a half to two years.  No obligation to follow full course of study.  

New students begin the first week of each month. Classes are held Monday and Thursday mornings from 9am-12pm and Tuesday evenings from 5pm-8pm



This class will cover just about every hand and machine sewing technique, all closure types, the correct way to sew a dart, pleat, or pin tuck, and the importance of pressing, among other things. Students will also be familiarized with various notions, interfacings, and their applications. All materials provided. Class size limited to 4 students. Class meets once per week for 8 weeks.  Cost:  $400.00

Next start date:  5.5.16  2-4pm

                          5.6.16 10am-12pm


Silk Kimono/ Shibori

Students will learn to make their own organic indigo vat, practice shibori techniques with Silk Crepe de Chine, and cut and sew their own Kimono. Machine and Hand-sewing techniques will be taught and implemented.   All materials provided.  Class meets once per week for 4 weeks. Cost $265

Next Start Date:  5.11.16  First class 5pm-9pm, each subsequent class 5pm-8pm