Enriching lives through art and craft

Suit Yourself

June 5 - 10, 2022 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Paige Fetchen  ·  paigefetchen.com

Workshop at a glance

Suit Yourself is a hacker’s guide to pattern drafting, alterations, and custom clothing.


  • Machine sewing
  • Surface design
  • Pattern drafting
  • Alterations and fit adjustments


  • Fibers, textiles, and garments
  • Paper


  • 2–3 garments, finished or in progress
  • Increased knowledge and skill in garment construction, fit, alterations, upcycling, and mending
  • Experience with surface design techniques such as hand embroidery, block printing and screenprinting

Artist Bio

Paige Fetchen received her BFA in Fibers & Material Studies from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In 2012, Paige accepted the Textile Artist in Residence position at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, IL. During her time in Chicago, Paige spent time as an educator, teaching courses in a variety of textile based practices for numerous organizations and schools. In 2015, Paige returned to Philadelphia as part of the production studio staff at the Fabric Workshop and Museum.  Paige joined High Tide Gallery in 2016 and helped curate events, workshops and shows until 2020.  She currently freelances for a wide range of designers and artists and teaches wearable art courses at Tyler School of Art & Architecture, University of the Arts, Lincoln University and Made Institute while she maintains a studio practice working across a wide array of media from sculpture to traditional textile methods.

  • Paige Fetchen
  • Paige Fetchen
  • Paige Fetchen
  • Paige Fetchen

Workshop Description

This workshop provides students a guide to pattern drafting, alterations, and custom clothing. Using a combination of construction, mending, and surface design, you will impose your personal and/or cultural values on existing garments to create unique new wearables. Participants will learn basic machine sewing, fit adjustments, garment deconstruction, mending, and a variety of embellishments. Class discussions will cover consumption, access, labor, value, and exchange of textiles and garments. Expect to finish two or three pieces, but the emphasis will be on process and experimentation. Basic sewing machine skills will be helpful, but this workshop is open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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