Moulage: French Pattern Fitting and Drafting

Fiber Arts

Moulage: French Pattern Fitting and Drafting

Learn this method of measuring a figure and converting those measurements to a finished pattern.

Meeting Times
  1. Sun, 3/24/2024 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  2. Mon, 3/25/2024 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sun, 3/24/2024 - Mon, 3/25/2024

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Great Room

Costuming, Sewing


Moulage is the foundation of the French couture method of pattern drafting, which the instructor of this class learned from a Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture-certified pattern drafting teacher. The moulage is a form-fitting pattern that duplicates the figure with no ease added, which can be adapted to any pattern. After learning how to properly measure and convert these to a finished pattern, you'll learn how to convert this moulage to finished slopers.


  • Skill Level: Advanced beginners-plus. Some experience sewing and working with patterns is needed. If you're unsure, or have questions, email
  • Wear a body stocking or other close-fitting garment (you can wear it under other clothes) on the first day. We’ll start by taking the measurements of the figure, and then draft from there.
  • There are only 10 spots available, so the class is expected to fill extremely quickly. If so, click on the "Wait List" button (there is no charge to do so). If there is a cancellation, you'll be notified via email. The available spot will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Bring a bag lunch each day. A refrigerator and microwave are available on the lower level.


You need to bring:

  • Sewing machine (second day only)
  • Sewing tools
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Clover dual tracing wheel
  • 3 yards muslin
  • A lightweight chain or string to demark the jewel neckline
  • 2 yards elastic 1/4" or 3/8" wide
  • 30" separating zipper
  • 3 yards white kraft paper 24"-30" wide (available in art supply or office stores)
  • Tracing carbon paper
  • Drafting tools: tape measure, 18" ruler, L square or a 6" x 24" rule, drafting curve
  • Scotch tape, paper scissors, pencils (colored and regular), eraser

If you have any questions on the materials, contact

Class Policies

  • Age 14 and up are welcome.
  • Cancellation requests received prior to noon Friday, Feb. 23, will be eligible for a refund minus a 15% cancellation fee. The cancellation fee is $94 for members and $122 for guests. No refunds if cancellations are made after that date.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Kenneth D. King
Sewing, Pattern Making

Kenneth is a New York-based haute couturier who specializes in evening wear. Along with his private clientele, he has sold to boutiques across the country such as Maxfield in Los Angeles, Wilkes Bashford in San Francisco, and Ultimo in Chicago, San Francisco, and Dallas. His work has appeared in music videos, television commercials, and on the red carpet for the Oscars. Kenneth’s work was exhibited in 2005 at the San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum. His work is in the permanent collections of the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the L.A. County Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has taught across North America, in Europe, and in Asia. He also teaches classes as an adjunct professor in the Haute Couture program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. His work can be viewed at

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