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to publish high-end design room drafting and sewing procedures that
enable industry, small business entrepreneurs, and people who sew for
themselves and their families to produce beautiful clothing with
minimal equipment, expense, and time. The books have been and continue
to be tested by Laurel's
students, many of whom work in the industry's designing departments or
The instructions can be used to produce patterns and sample garments for clothing that will be mass-produced, that will be custom-made, and/or that will be made for personal use. The same design room procedures can be used both in industry's design rooms and in the home. Minimal equipment is needed in either situation.
The books and all of their content, and all
other materials our company produces are written, edited, printed, and
published in the United States. All of Contemporary Fashion Education's
books and materials have been generated by the author and is original.
The author owns all rights.
In the picture on the left Laurel is shown with some of her early work.
In the center picture the family cat lies in front of Laurel's books-in-progress.
On the right Laurel tests her material with students.
Laurel began her career in custom couture with
Philadelphia’s Main Line clientele. She then worked in industrial high-end
bridal couture and later sportswear; drafting and grading production patterns
and eventually supervising factory production. She is specialized in all phases
of industrial manufacturing; including draping and design, cutting and sample
making, patternmaking, grading, layouts, and factory production. She is
experienced in custom color, design, and fit, and has had her own cottage
industry for many years; first with domestics, now as a desktop publisher. Laurel is rated in the top 1% of the sewing teachers registered on LInkedIn. Search Laurel Hoffmann for more information.
Laurel began sewing for her family when she retired from the industry
in the mid-seventies to raise her children. Well versed in
home sewing techniques, she found the industrial drafting and sewing
methods she had used in industry as a production
patternmaker so superior she became convinced they should be made available to the general public.
like Laurel has written were not possible before the advance of
computer technology. The extensive illustrations would
have required too much time and effort. Even with computer technology Contemporary Fashion Education's books have taken several decades to produce.
In the eighties Laurel formed the 4-H Clover Club
for her daughter and her daughter's friends.
Taught industrial methods the girls completed the PA's Extension
Service's ten Clothing and Textiles levels in three years.
Textiles 4-H clubs normally take 10 years to complete the ten-level
program as 4-H members are traditionally taught home sewing.
The Clover Club girls
were nine and ten-years-old when they began the program. They had just
turned twelve and thirteen when they finished the PA's Extension
Service's final level ten with perfect scores.
Laurel found the children had no problem sewing on 1/4 inch seam allowances, used in industry when sewing collars, lapels, and other tight curves, although she had been told they would not be able to do so. They also set fly zippers, bound buttonholes (Rochelle is shown setting bound buttonholes), and other technically difficult sewing procedures without any problem. The Clover Club proved to Laurel's satisfaction that industrial methods are easier for children to learn, then are the home sewing methods traditionally taught children.
Laurel's success with teaching children resulting in her being asked to teach sewing to college fashion students. She developed the introductory sewing course she had been asked to teach. She also wrote and developed a cap-stone senior level sewing course. Five years later she moved over into Continuing Professional Education. She then developed a certificate program for her adult students that she supported with the materials she wrote over the next 20 years. Her materials eventually became the textbooks that support the Contemporary Fashion Education program.