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$199 for a Four-Week Fashion-Studio Course at The Koffa Design Group ($400 Value)

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In a Nutshell

Instructors teach fashion design basics, with classes on sewing, pattern making, and dressmaking, combined with portfolio development

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Learning how to sew has numerous benefits—you can patch up holes in your clothes, craft a purse, or make a quilt to finally snuff out that fire. Pinpoint your new hobby with this Groupon.

The Deal

$199 for a four-week fashion-studio course ($400 value), such as:

  • How to Sew: Basic and Continued Sewing
  • The Fashion Knockoff series
  • Continuing Sewing and Pattern-Making series<p>

How to Sew is perfect for beginners, and The Fashion Knockoff series takes things to the next level with lessons on dress, top, and bottom making. Continuing Sewing and Pattern Making helps students develop advanced techniques to make more complex designs.<p>

The A-Line Skirt: Shocking Curves

To add an element of drama to an outfit, consider the flared shape of an A-line skirt. Read on to learn more about this basic silhouette.

With its high, narrow waist and full shape, the A-line skirt seems today like women’s fashion at its most traditional. But when French designer Christian Dior presented it as the cornerstone of his first spring-summer collection, it caused an international stir. In 1947, World War II and its rationing of fabric were very recent memories; skirts tended to hang loose and straight from the hips to just below the knee, and the aesthetic of the military uniform lingered in square shoulders and boxy silhouettes. Now, here was a great bell of fabric, often delicately gathered or pleated, that bloomed from waist to calf in outrageous quantity—20 yards of black wool were required to form the skirt of Dior’s iconic Bar suit. The look was immediately raved about and, in some corners, denounced as frivolous.

Dior didn’t see it that way. He would later call his style “the return to an ideal of civilized happiness,” and while his collection became known as the New Look in the press, he himself gave the line the name Corolle—turning the women he dressed from soldiers into flowers. Today’s A-lines tend to be less lush (and less frequently pleated), with lengths ranging from mid-thigh to ankle, but their association with a classic femininity tends to remain.


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