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Abington Art Center is a community center focused on music, drawing, painting, oil, ceramics, metals, sewing, embroidery, pottery, and jewelry classes. It is an outdoor free concert venue, with theater, dance, jazz, and live music on stage. You can buy gifts, crafts, bracelets, necklaces, and rings at the unique holiday fair.

If you are interested in learning hands-on high-end drafting, fit, and sample making techniques, as done in industry’s couture departments, you will want to be in Laurel’s classes. Here are the hands on skills you need if you wish to sew more professionally for yourself and family, want to start a fashion business, or would like to work in industry. Minimal equipment is needed.

Trained by three different European master tailors first at Anne Pakerdooni’s boutique on Main Line, then at Alfred Angelos; by the layout artist at Alfred Angelo’s; and by the top grader in Philadelphia at Corner House in Quakertown, PA. Laurel rose to the level of production patternmaker, preparing the work for and overseeing factory production in just three years.

When the industry was going off shore back in the seventies, she decided to write down the skills she had learned, eventually resulting in her being hired to teach fashion techniques at first Jefferson, then Drexel University, and now the Abington Art Center. Her videos are televised every Wednesday morning at 9 am on the local Philly TV station. She has just completed her classroom tested eight-book series, available on her website.

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