Monday, December 10, 2018

Shirley's Design Engineering, continued

Here's the next steps and the finished jacket. I will reply to any questions or comments. I love to teach.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Follow Shirley's Design Engineering

Let's have some fun and some learning. I have created, making/engineering the pattern, and constructing the new style. The following graphic shows the sketch, the Blazer Template used as a foundation and the new muslin pattern in a Raglan Sleeve, a size 16 and with the new unique collar over lapel idea. The jacket is being finished now and will show the next exciting steps this weekend - through all the pattern and construction steps. Please comment, ask questions and let me know your interest to help keep me going. Thank you my readers.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

To All My Readers:
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, 2018
Shirley Willett

Monday, October 29, 2018

RED SOX, World Series Champs, from 2004 to 2018 

In 2018 must show you this photo again. 2004 Red Sox Champs against the Cardinals being congratulated by 1967, when the Red Sox got into the World Series but didn’t win it. Shirley Willett in 1967 designed the outfit, inspired by the Red Sox. In 2004 she designed the outfit to show the World Series win, and both were shown in a fashion show that year. The photo is by Ron Ranere. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

"PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE: Fashion Memoir, 70 Years..."

 My book is published. It is my legacy to all of you in fashion - of Design, Education, Engineering, Manufacturing & Technology. Remember that the past teaches the present how to redesign the future. Not only is it directed to help you develop and grow, but also the proceeds will go to scholarships in fashion. You can buy it at

Please come to the next great event of my Boston Fashion Meetup, at WeWork, 625 Mass Ave. Cambridge, Aug. 22, 2018. First I will read and demo my book, then we will have great networking with ten well-known and in diverse aspects of the fashion industry. It is free, but you need an ID to get in to the building. More info. at

We look forward to seeing you all there. Best wishes to all, Shirley

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


As I was searching through some recent folders I came across this ball coat worn by Vogue Italia editor, Franca Sozzani - in a photo of the Boston Globe, March 29, 2012. I certainly beat the timing of her ball coat with my ball coat designed in a collection in 1968. I designed the white mink helmet and the "boottops over shoes" to go with - very 1960s.
Please remember we are still open to more students to learn fashion design patterns online free, and cooperate with us on a book. For more information email
And please comment. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

“Making It “ In Fashion Design

  After responses to our first brochure, we are sending a new brief one with photo explanations.
How Do You “Make It “ In Fashion Design?

Be a part of writing an exciting fashion design book. Designers, consumers, students and beginners (who sew), who would like to learn online free by cooperating with Shirley Willett,, a well- known industry expert in creative design, pattern engineering, manufacturing, and education. Her unique methods are needed to make it, have been tested over 60 years, and are easy, fun and rewarding. We start with brief and introductory Foundation Design Skills that prepare you for our methods: Inner Visualization, Manual Skills, Creativity in every step, Self-Evaluation techniques, etc. Then we go to in depth lessons: Templates that make perfect first patterns ready for production, simple Pattern manipulation techniques, methods for Draping creative styles, Truing for accuracy, and many special lessons on Bodices, Skirts, Dresses, Sleeves, Collars, Blazer, Pants, etc.
Email to request becoming a part of our cooperative book effort, telling us about yourself, and what you want to learn.