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 3 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 mornings from 10am-1pm and Monday afternoons from 2pm-5pm.


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:  TBD


Custom Jeans

Using their own measurements, Students will work through the process of drafting a custom pattern for a pair of jeans, and construct those jeans in class. Students will begin with a basic pants sloper, work through to a jeans sloper, learn to draft and sew jean-specific elements (including zipper fly, button fly, yoke, patch pockets, belt loops and pocket bags), and leave with the pattern and skills to do it all over again.  There is a strong emphasis on achieving the perfect fit and polished construction. Class size limited to 3 students. Class runs 6 full days from 10am-6pm.  Cost: $700.00 All materials included.

Next start date:  TBD