Claudette Grant is a recognized “fit expert”, patternmaker, designer. She is an inspiring lecturer with over 13 years of experience in patternmaking/drafting for the non-standard body, 37 years in clothing construction, and over 10 years as a custom clothier/couturiere.

Claudette has been a featured contributor in Threads Magazine (December/January issue, “Making the best Fitting- Pants, EVER”), and columnist for the Broward Times newspaper. She has been featured in the Sun Sentinel newspaper, profiled in the SBDC newsletter, and on Channel 7 television’s segment ’more bang for your buck and Channel 39, Voices of South Florida.  Her career spans almost everything from designing a wedding dress with a side train for someone in Hawaii to spa wear uniforms, pageant dresses to maternity wear for the ‘over 40 business woman mother-to-be.’ Claudette is head designer/patternmaker and owner of CGs Couture Designs, specializing in clothing/patterns, specifically but not totally, for the true petite; (the woman who’s 5’4” and under).

Over the past years, much experience has been gained from designing and creating patterns for individuals with a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Prom and pageants are almost as big as weddings and the young ladies of this era get a boost of self-esteem when they choose CGs; as their motto is ‘you can look great, no matter what your shape!

Claudette Grant, a graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale appeared on radio talk show (talking fashion with Claudette Grant), hopes in the near future to publish several instructional booklets, a guide to The Perfectly Fitting Pants and Making the perfectly Fitting Bodice, among others. Some of Claudette’s most popular seminar/workshops include:

  • SloprtDrafting/Patternmaking
  • Tailoring the Perfect Pants
  • Tailoring the Basic  Jacket
  • Wardrobe Planning

Claudette Grant shares her passion of having the perfect fit and her love of sewing and patternmaking by bringing a new level of confidence to the home sewing community. Her patternmaking skills background, which she terms as the Jameripean method, fashion design, and instructional booklets, will passage the custom clothier, self-taught designer, and home sewing professional, into a new area of discovery. This knowledge allows you to fit and sew with more confidence, more professionally than before.

One of Claudette’s long term goals is  to open a fashion Design School in which she hopes to revive and maintain the love of sewing and shape a new generation of designers, seamstresses and sewing enthusiast to the importance and art of Fit.

” We need a Fit Revolution,”, she says.

My Published Pants Articles

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From Those Who Have Used My Method

THE PANTS REALLY DO FIT... I am a veteran home sewer and also own an alterations business. One of my specialties is fitting pants on my clients. Unfortunately. I have had little success with my own pants. Every time you have a new article on pants fitting, I dive right in, thinking that my problems may be solved. My small waist and large hips with bonus saddlebags have left me near tears every time. So, when I saw "Best Fitting Pants-Ever" in the January issue, I of course, thought, "Oh yeah!" But, business was slow, so I decided to give it a try. It took less time than driving to the fabric store! The initial try-on showed more promise than anything I had managed to do with a commercial pattern. It needed some ease added and a deeper scoop on the crotch seam, and then-wow! I have pants befitting an alterations specialist. thanks for the amazing magazine. I would love to see some tips and articles on ready-to-wear alterations.
Lisa Emery
I loved the article in the latest THREADS magazine by Claudette Grant about how to draft a pants pattern. I love drafting using that "connect-the-dots" method. It would be wonderful if you did a series of drafting tutorials using this method. I've already made the pants pattern!
As a young girl, I took up sewing and loved it! As I grew older and started working, I found myself without a sewing machine. Instead of buying one, I started buying ready-made clothes. Recently, I re-discovered why I loved sewing. Being an upside-down triangles, getting clothes to fit is a real challenge. Even now, I find that adjusting patterns for a smaller back-side is continual. that is why I was so thrilled when I read your January 2008 article on "The Best-Fitting Pants-Ever". For once, I was able to make pants that fit me! Thank you. As an avid subscriber the Threads magazine, I am hoping you will continue to provide great step-by-step instructions to help everyone build a perfect wardrobe.
Dorothy Braun Irricana, Alberta, Canad
Thank you for your instructions on drafting a pants pattern. I am in the process of making pants for a friend using your instructions. The muslin (the first fit) was awesome. I also made pants for me several years ago using your instructions. They were the best fitting pants I have made. I look forward to your blog on drafting patterns for other garments.
Judy Brunson